Banned Books: The Link Up

Check it out: I made Dianna Anderson’s Banned Books week Link Up. I mean, for all I know anybody who sent her an email with a link got on there, but still, that’s pretty nifty. Go check out some of the other posts there as well.

Thank you, Dianna! Also, I should correct that typo that was already pointed out to me and I forgot about…

Celebrating 3,000

Looks like I just broke 3,000 all time views. From what I’ve read elsewhere, this is a blogging milestone. Or was that 3,000 views in a day? I can’t remember.

The new format seems to be working, and people are not only showing up to read, but returning for some unfathomable reason.

Either way, thank you all for reading and we’re going to keep going here until we reach…a much higher number.

If you love me and want to see my numbers go higher, be sure to share, share, share what you read here. You know that impulse you get when you say, “People should read about this?” Listen to that impulse.

Hitting 3,000 all time hits

I am very proud of this. And very grateful to all of you.

Format Experiment

So, I really want this blog to get off the ground (more than it has), and a part of that is consistency. However, consistency is really hard when I write posts that often take hours to research and write, not to mention proofreading, so this space tends to lie fallow for periods, spring to life when I have the time, then once again return to dormancy.

This is not the way to run a blog.

I also realized that on FB and Google +, I often will write long blocks of text to describe my opinions on articles that I post because I don’t like mindless cheerleading. Comment-free articles often come across as just “Yay, Our Side!” cheering to the pep squad, especially when the person has made clear what they believe in advance (e.g. if I post an article about an advance in gay rights, you already know I support what it’s saying, and if I post one on somebody being arrested for blasphemy, you know I’m opposed to the arrest). Providing some commentary gives people a chance to reflect on an aspect of the article or connect some angle of it to another idea.

This also prevents me from posting a lot to Twitter, and I like Twitter quite a bit.

So, instead of posting long, rambling posts to FB and G+, I’m going to post them here and link to them on the social networks. It puts an extra click between my commentary and my point, but I think my readers will be willing to do that because they are among the most intelligent and motivated people on the internet.

This way, I can keep this space robust and trafficked, I can learn to write something between 140 characters and a magnum opus, and the option to discuss on social networks remains in place.

Just as a note: I will still be writing stirring, powerful analyses of the important issues of the day, and will distinguish them in my social network posting by starting with the now familiar “In which I…”, but rather than those being the only thing I post here every few days or so, there will be smaller posts in between to keep things lively.

Please let me know if this format becomes a problem or if you think it’s the most awesome thing ever to touch the intertubes. If this doesn’t work, I’ll try something else, so I need feedback.

Vacation

Going out of town for the weekend, but I’m trying to post more, even if it’s short (like me). So, among the things you’ll see is my semi-longish Facebook/G+ posts slightly expanded on here while I try to find a balance. I’ll still be writing long dissections of events and geek stuff, explanatory posts, and rants, but there will be these added things for when I don’t have the several hours I put into researching, writing, proofreading, and editing my longer posts.

All of which is largely meaningless right now because I’m going on vacation for the weekend. Should be a blast. I’ll try and remember to take pictures and write about my experiences when I get home, but no promises, and you may end up with a civil rights rant or something.

In the meantime, going to leave you with today’s ear worm because a friend posted something on Facebook that reminded me of this song and now it’s stuck in my head. You’re welcome.