All right, I know I’ve been dragging my feet on this, but I have indeed decided — as I alluded last Friday — to try out the weekly blog format. My intention is to make the switch on Tuesday. (I figure July 1, the halfway point of the calendar year, is a good arbitrary date to make such a change.)
However, the timing of the switch may change, depending on how much free time I have this weekend. There’s a lot of back-end stuff that I need to do, both to close down this blog and to set up the new blog. If I don’t make the switch on Tuesday, it probably won’t happen until July 14 or thereabouts, because Becky and I will be traveling over July 4 weekend, so I won’t have much free time again until the weekend of the 12th-13th.
Anyway, I need help from y’all on something. In switching from this "hyperactive" blog to a new, weekly blog, I want to make a clear, clean break by giving the blog a new name. I figure the subtitle could include the phrase "Irish Trojan," in order to maintain some semblance of "brand" continuity, but I want the title of the blog to be something different — and a more drastic difference than my switch last year from "The Irish Trojan’s Blog" to "Irish Trojan in Tennessee." I want a real new name.
Ideally, the new name would in some way emphasize the blog’s weekly/occasional nature. But at the same time, I don’t want it to be something totally pedestrian, like "Brendan’s Weekly Blog" or whatever. The problem is, I’m terrible at coming up with good, non-pedestrian ideas for things like blog names (as the "Ably Nerd On" fiasco demonstrated). So, I need your help. I need some suggestions for what I should call the new blog!
So far, the only decent idea I’ve had is to call it "Hopefully Considered," which was the name of my Papa Loy’s old weekly newspaper column. (The subtitle, I think, would be "The Irish Trojan’s Weekly Blog." So, in toto, the title and subtitle would read "Hopefully Considered: The Irish Trojan’s Weekly Blog.") But although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m not sure I like the idea of simply copying exactly the name of Papa’s column. Something that alludes to "Hopefully Considered," without being precisely the same name, would be great… but I can’t think of anything good.
Don’t limit yourself to spin-offs of "Hopefully Considered," though. That’s just one idea. Any and all other ideas are welcome! Please, submit ‘em in comments, and please feel free to comment on other people’s ideas as well. This isn’t a democracy, exactly, but at the same time, I’m definitely curious to know what my "regulars" think.
Incidentally, in addition to the weekly blog, I think I’m going to create a linklog
in the new blog’s sidebar, probably with comments enabled. That will give me
someplace to dump any articles and links that I find during the week –
thus helping me organize stuff that I might want to reference in
writing my column each weekend — and it’ll give y’all someplace to
continue having comment-wars while I’m off doing other stuff. :) That
plan is tentative, and obviously depends on the maintenance of the linklog not becoming time-consuming and demanding in its own right, but it’s something I’d like to try out.
Also: at least at first, I think there will be no guestblogging on the weekly
blog. I might eventually set up a separate guestblog of some kind, or
at least give guestbloggers access to the linklog, but initially, I’m planning to have this new blog be for me only. Guestblogging creates a whole separate set of complications, and I need to do one
thing at a time in building this brave new bloggy world. ;)
Oh, and by the way, I’m planning to merge the archives of this blog — "Irish Trojan in Tennessee," August 2007 - June 2008 — with the (currently broken) archives of the older
blog, "The Irish Trojan’s Blog," April 2002 - August 2007. Although I
originally intended for "Irish Trojan in Tennessee" to take on a somewhat
different character from its predecessor, it really hasn’t, and I don’t
see any point in having three different sets of archives (one
from 4/02-8/07, another from 8/07-6/08, and yet another from
7/08 onward). The two "Irish Trojan" blogs should be relatively easy to merge, so I will do
that at some point, though perhaps not immediately upon switching (because I probably won’t have time this weekend).
Anyway… that’s where things stand. Let me know what you think, and again, please leave your suggestions in comments for possible weekly-blog names!