A couple weeks ago, Kenny Wisdom e-mailed me with the stellar idea of gathering a staff of writers for the site. I was hesitant at first because we already get ton of article submissions from our readers, but he convinced me that it would be a good idea.
So the past week I spent some time planning this out and went ahead and contacted several people that have written for the site before (along with some first-timers) and asked them if they would like to join the staff. Most people said they like to do it, so here is the new brand new writing staff as of now, listed in no particular order:
(smitham9, the “funny guy,” could also be considered part of the staff)
They will each be writing about 2 articles/columns a month. I just made a topic on the forums where you can request articles on specific topics, but the writers will for the most part be free to write about any interesting or buzz-worthy topics at the moment.
Having this staff means that we will be cutting down on reader submissions somewhat. I really appreciate all the contributions that have been sent in the past year, but it’s difficult for me to be a good quality control measure when I have a bunch of other stuff going on. Having the writing staff will help ensure that solid content makes it to the site, thus meaning that the articles you read from day to day should be of higher quality.
I also don’t want to schedule too many articles per day, as this cuts away from the limelight they all receive. I would like to keep it to 3 articles a day maximum, including the Card of the Day.
More submissions will be denied because of all of this, but there will still be room for about 1 (maybe 2) reader contributions per day. I want to keep the front page stocked with the most select stuff.
If your submissions do get denied, feel free to post them to the forums! You are always welcome to start conversations there as well.
Also we will not be accepting tournament report submissions to the main site anymore, unless they are extremely detailed, interesting, or include some content besides your report (like a deck analysis). I just don’t think most people are that interested in reading tournament reports on the main site, and they are probably better suited for the forums.
(If everyone does like reading tournament reports, please comment and let me know. I’m just making an assumption here.)
There will also be a minimum word requirement for all submissions (right now I’m thinking at least 500 words for the bare minimum).
You can check out the updated submission guidelines page for more details.
Tentatively, this is what the new daily post schedule will look like (all times listed are EST):
9 AM: Staff or Underground Article
Noon: Card of the Day
6 PM: Reader Contribution
What do you get out of this?
1. Better articles on the home page. Even though many articles are well intentioned, they do contain subpar strategies that may mislead newer players without realizing it, which isn’t good. The articles posted will also be more conversation worthy, and draw interest for discussion from players of all skill levels.
2. More activity on the forums. Many articles that have been getting posted to the home page will hopefully now be posted to the forums instead, making them more lively and sparking more discussion.
I hope everyone is ok with these slight changes. Right now things are kind of hectic for me in terms of editing and scheduling articles, so this should help set a more consistent article put-out schedule and help improve the site.
If you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below or shoot me an e-mail.
Let me know how you feel about tournament reports as well… do you enjoy them or would you rather see other types of articles instead?
P.S. I am going to be away on business this weekend and may or may not bring my laptop with me, just as a heads up. I have some posts scheduled through Friday, but nothing for Saturday and Sunday at the moment.