Yesterday there was some insanity in the diaries. It started during the day and continued throughout the night. All in all, it was very fun. I, along with Wiggins, was right in the middle of side-tracking a number of diaries yesterday (most of which have since been hidden).
Because of that - and to help increase awareness for/activity in the diaries - as of today something new will be happening with diaries: the best and/or more relevant diaries will be "promoted" to stories (i.e. put in the main section) on the site. So when you find breaking news (like Fishfan24 did yesterday about Gagne), post it as a diary. If it's good and relevant, it will be moved to the main section of the site.
Hopefully that will encourage folks to use the diaries more often. Diaries are a place for everyone to share their thoughts - so whether it's a Marlins topic or something unrelated to baseball, feel free to put it in a diary (unless of course it's really off color - then put it up on the other other site).
Disclaimer: the movement of diaries from the sidebar to the main section is completely subjective. In addition, it depends on someone with admin powers (including myself, Grover, and Yoda) seeing the diary in a timely fashion so that it can be moved. In other words, please don't take it personally if your diary stays in the diary section.