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Second-half suggestion time: How is the Stew doing?

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The RPMs of my swiveling head are finally beginning to decrease, which means that I'm in the clear from the All-Star Game and finally headed back to a schedule free of road trips, complicated video editing and All-Star memory tournaments that never seem to end.

It's been a great first half of the season and I can't wait to jump head first into what should be a rather exciting second half. But before we begin with that next Monday, I'd like to throw the forum open with a couple of announcements and an invite for your input.

First, the announcements:

David Brown's Morning Juice will resume Monday, as will our Big Ballpark Review, which has assuredly NOT vanished, even though I curse myself every time I have to beg for more tips and tricks for a park that only elicited two or fewer reviews. Meanwhile, Gut Check Time has a stomachache and any suggestions for a similar hidden-photo quiz are welcome.

• A lot of you have e-mailed me over the past few months suggesting sites for the links section to your right, yet I have consistently failed to beef up the bar with your recommendations. If you have a blog you'd like me to consider — you can see that a good number of teams are under-represented over there — hit me up via email. (Yes, even if you've written me before. I promise I'm not lying about adding it this time.)
• Remember that Big League Stew welcomes submissions. If you have an idea on a post or opinion you'd like to write, you're always free to throw it my way at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com.

Now, a couple of invitations for input:

• While my introduction to the blogosphere has gone swimmingly, I'm still getting used to the wants and desires of you, the reader. Running a blog that draws such a broad cross-section of readers makes them even more difficult to decipher, so here's your chance to tell us ('Duk, DB, Friedell) how we're doing.

What do you like about the Stew? What don't you like? What would you like to see more of? Less of? What types of posts will keep you reading up through the World Series (and beyond?) If you have any, email your thoughts and suggestions here.

• I continued to be mystified at what type of post draws comments and what doesn't. Since I know there are a lot of smart baseball fans out there just dying to talk baseball during a dreary day at work, I'd like to create a spot for that in our various comment sections. If you don't comment on a regular basis, how can we get you to do so? (If you do comment on a regular basis, but have ideas for attracting more people, send those along, too.) The idea here is to build a community so if you have any ideas — Facebook group, weekly livechats, Q&A columns, etc. — I'd love to hear 'em.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and don't forget that Extra Innings is on free preview until the 23rd.

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