Welcoming back open mic was quite a wise suggestion to me a week or so ago. When we eliminated the open mic we were under the premise that we would have several authors presenting regular articles and that would fill up our days each week. As we have found, getting regular contributions to SUFA isn’t as easy as one might think. Not that I hold any ill will towards those who intended to contribute weekly. Of all people, I know full well how hard it is to find time to write in depth articles with some research and facts. Far too often over the last year, I have been forced to fall back on writing opinion pieces that were long on rant and short on research. When I didn’t have time to research, I resorted to offering what was on my mind. That will continue, although I will continue to attempt to add researched topics whenever I can.
So a few thoughts for now: First, if anyone is interested in writing for SUFA more regularly, I am open to hearing from you. As many of you already know, I do not in any way alter the opinions or points of view from potential articles. I also do not in any way have any requirement that you share my point of view, or that of anyone else here at SUFA. If you are diametrically opposed to my world view, that doesn’t mean I don’t value your opinion or you submissions. SUFA has always been meant to be a place where all views are welcome, and that isn’t going to change.
Second, I am interested in building the readership back up to previous levels. While I am sure that some will claim that readership dropped because I am batshit crazy and no one wants to read, I believe that the more likely reason is that articles have not been as plentiful and regularly posted as they used to be. Additionally, I don’t think the articles have been the catalyst for rational discussion as they were less researched and more opinionated, at least on my part.
But I won’t write a whole article about that stuff just now. Instead, I start this thread for open mic. Since I wasn’t able to get on during the day and discuss the comments that were posted to Monday’s article, I figured I would start open mic by replying to some of those….