At the request of several of the folks who read here regularly, I am not going to offer a new topic this evening. The most recent philosophy post from Just A Citizen is a lot to digest and there are plenty of discussions that still are taking place on that article. It is important that we take the time to hash them all out before we move on. So that is what we are going to do. Additionally, the “Liberal Trap” article requires my attention as well, as I have committed to answering all the questions that are posed there so that we can address and move forward in a positive way. But there have been a few points brought up in that “Liberal Trap” article that I want to address here and get everyone’s opinion on. After all this site is nothing without readers, so I want to go forward with your opinions counted.
One thought from Todd was that if we want to have serious debate here on this site, and I think that we all agree that we do, that some of these topics are too complex to be hashed out in a single day. Therefore a new topic the next night moves everyone on and leaves too much unfinished business from the day before. I think there is significant merit in this line of thinking from Todd. So I want to present my thinking and then get everyone’s opinion.
I have attempted to write a new article every night. I do this for a couple of reasons. When I first started to write a blog, every tip I read said to write “regularly” so that there is always fresh content. I took that to mean daily, so that is what I have tried to do. My thinking was that from Monday morning until Friday morning there must always be a new article. It would get people into the habit of coming to the site every day to see what’s new. Perhaps making it part of their morning routine. I know that has happened for some folks here.
The results have been mixed from my standpoint. Readership has definitely grown as a result of regular postings, although we have reached a plateau of sorts, as the traffic has not increased nor decreased over the last several weeks (Although that means I need to find new ways to get people here, I am open to suggestions). However, I have seen some conversations not get played out the whole way and I have also seen that my insistence on posting every night has led to some extremely late nights which in turn open me up to mistakes like the one I made Tuesday night.
So I offer three scenarios for going forward. The first is that I change nothing and continue with how things are. The second is that I write articles and determine on my own when I think a topic is going to require more than a single day’s discussion, then I don’t write the following night (but tell you within the article that this will be so). The third is that I write every night, and the first comment to each article is by me and used as nothing more than a string of votes as to whether the readers and commenters would prefer that I do not write the following night in order to allow the conversation to continue on this subject. Option three would allow you to vote right up until midnight to determine the course for whether I write that night. If anyone has any suggestions on a different way to move forward on this subject, I am open to all ideas.
It was also suggested that we have an “open mic” night each week to allow the posting of whatever topics in the comment threads that people want to post or current events. I originally thought that this was a suggestion that we have something like the “guest commentary” we already do on Friday nights. But upon reading some other comments this seems like something different altogether. It would literally be something like a Set night each week where I post no topics but post instead an open mic article. The comments could then be posted by anyone on any subject.
I see a benefit to this as there are so many times where the threads get muddled by continuous posting of topics that have nothing to do with the main article. If this open mic idea is implemented it would give me another easy night each week, and would give a day for all those other topics. However, if this gets implemented, I would ask that going forward we keep the comments on other articles focused on the the topic of the article only, with the only deviations resulting from the debates on the topic. I would ask that topics not be hi-jacked. If a topic becomes big enough on the open mic then it could be covered more extensively on a guest commentary or as an article that I write later.
So I ask whether this is something that people would like to see as a change to the site? I won’t get my feelings hurt either way. If you would like to have this change made, I would also like suggestions as to what night of the week you would like it to be. Remember that when I say night of the week, I mean that the following day would be the open thread as I post late at night. Keep in mind also that Friday night (showing up Saturday morning for all of you) is guest commentary and Saturday night (Sunday morning) is a no write night and I would prefer to keep it completely clear so that everyone is free to spend time with their family Sunday and not worry about missing anything.
I had a topic three but to be truthful the clock says 4:33am and I am too brain dead to remember what it was.