Archive for ‘Site Management’

January 10th, 2013

This Is Not About New Year’s Resolutions

In 2012, I went to the gym 118 times, and wrote a total of 18 blog posts. In 2002, I wrote 39 blog posts and didn’t go to the gym at all.

Things change with time? Yes, probably; I was ten years younger, relatively newly married, and childless. I had more free time, and more time to invest in sharing my intellectual energy and outrage about the world. There was also no Facebook, no Twitter, fewer mechanisms for sharing “thoughts” (is that what we’re doing there?) in ways that–for me, at least–sometimes feel like they undercut the investment required in really thinking and writing something out beyond its 140-character Twitter limit.

Still: there are 365 days in 2013, and even if I go to the gym 120 times, that leaves 245 open days. My goal is to do a better job balancing those items this year, which won’t mean 245 blog posts but should mean inching closer to 42. It will likely mean more regular social media “vacations”–planned getaways from the incessant and sometimes distracting stream–and at the same time, a renewed emphasis on using those tools to share with a purpose (“speak softly, and carry a big stick”).

This is not a resolution for the new year, it’s just an articulation of a goal.


I laughed recently when a colleague reminded me that during her interview several years ago I had argumentatively proposed that “blogging is dead.” She had come well-prepared to talk about blogging, since she had seen my blogs and thought this would be a good discussion topic for an interview at a communications agency. She wasn’t wrong.

I don’t know that blogging is any more dead than anything else. Long-form journalism? Facebook? (You’ve noticed all those cranky users leaving Facebook in droves, right? Headed over to Google+, right…) Sometimes I think what has died is the capacity for sustained, rigorous, and self-confronting analysis of both facts and opinion. There is no shortage of content in this “user-generated content” world of ours. What I have always wanted was content that said something different, something that mattered, whether in 39 posts or just 18 of them.

I guess you can call that a resolution for 2013 if you really want to.

June 14th, 2011

Going Mobile

It took me long enough, but I’m happy to say that both and now feature mobile-web-enabled versions. You won’t see ’em unless you load the site on an iPhone, BlackBerry, or other such device. But they’re there, and they work.

Thanks to the folks at Brave New Code for their WPTouch “plugin” that makes all this work so easily.

While you’re at it, and regardless of which device you’re using to browse, go check out my latest posts on the other side.

April 24th, 2010

Mobile Test

One benefit of the switch to WordPress? App-driven site management, via WordPress’s own publishing app.

Definitely a bonus! Take that, Blogger!

April 21st, 2010

Hello world!

Really, that should be Hello world, Redux.

As mentioned in my recent post “Google, Blogger, Blahhhh!“, Google is cutting what has been my blogging umbilical cord for the last few years.  Thanks to Jeremy Kinsey at (seriously: can’t recommend these folks highly enough for all your web hosting and domain management needs!), I’m getting myself acquainted with the WordPress platform.

Please stay tuned – more to come, including (I hope) some tweaks to the site design.  Meanwhile, if you’re looking for some of recent, pre-WordPress posts, here are a few:

The Big One
Remastering Memory
Not a Granny Smith
Sensible Reading
Political Naches
1 in 9 Million
Radio Reade
In Memoriam
Love the Bomb