Royals Review has been around for a long time. A long time, especially as a sports-related website. In fact, the old parts of the site are still here. Here's something of a blast-from-the-past for you from site founder Will 'Freneau' McDonald:
One of the nicest developments of the last half-decade has been Baird's real improvement as a GM, but this is not a resume building moment. Either Allard isn't allowed to do much more than scrounge for scraps, or he's simply lost the plot. I'm not sure which is worse.
Yes, that is indeed a quote about Allard Baird. Specifically, of him hiring manger Buddy Bell. Ten years ago.
In addition to Will's wonderful work in building the site, Royals Review has always had fantastic input from its readers. Any article you read will be filled with thoughtful, passionate thoughts and opinions from intelligent commenters, which is one of the best parts of the site. In addition, fans have traditionally written well-received posts of their own, be it Scott McKinney's work on success and failure rates of prospects, trusttheprocess's description of the Royals' roster as kitchen tools, or my own evisceration of Dayton Moore in the darkest times before I became a writer here.
The site redesign a few years ago had its benefits, but it also had some drawbacks, one of the greatest being a difficulty for fan-created content to be easily seen. We try to promote good posts to the front of the page, but some slip through the cracks and others get pushed by other daily content.
Today, I am announcing an intent to use my powers for good: the weekly fanpost roundup.
I believe that reader content is a vital part of the personality of this site, and a weekly fanpost roundup will help with that. The plan, as of right now, is to feature a few articles and quote a snippet of them Royals Rumblings style. The rest will be linked at the bottom of the article. Perhaps there will be a poll for fanpost of the week. It's also up to the community to determine whether or not discussion of said posts will continue on each individual article or whether the roundup will function as the 'hub' for fanpost discussion.
This isn't to say that fanposts will stop being promoted to the top of the site--we'll continue to do so--but rather that premium space will be guaranteed to fanposts once a week. It's an imperfect system, but I think it'll work pretty well. The readers are what makes Royals Review great.
So, what do you think? What day should it be on? Do you have a better name for it? Let us know.