In anticipation of the imminent end of this blog — and redirection of its traffic to a new, weekly blog — I figured I should give y’all a little more detail on what’s happening.
Although I’ve focused on the weekly blog in discussing this issue, I’m actually replacing "Irish Trojan in Tennessee" with three separate blogs:
Yes, the latter two titles are both Lord of the Rings references. :) As for "Hopefully Considered," it is, as I explained before, a reference to my Papa Loy’s old newspaper column. I appreciated all of your suggestions, some of which were quite good, but I ultimately decided that I liked my original idea best. (The subtitle is "Brendan Loy’s Weekly Musings," adapted from David K.’s suggestion. I decided to drop the "Irish Trojan" moniker altogether, though it’s still referenced, at least for now, in the new blogs’ sidebars.)
All three new blogs are powered by Blogger and hosted on Blogspot’s servers, but with domain redirection to make them look like they’re on my server. Thus, the URLs — which are already active, though the blogs are still works-in-progress — are weekly.brendanloy.com, photo.brendanloy.com, and moblog.brendanloy.com. (Regular readers may want to bookmark those.)
The major change tonight, aside from some final tweaks to make the blogs ready for prime time, will be that www.brendanloy.com, blog.brendanloy.com, and www.irishtrojan.com — all of which currently point here — will instead redirect to weekly.brendanloy.com.
You may be wondering why on earth I’m replacing one blog with three blogs (or four, if you count the Linklog, which is a "companion" to the weekly blog; or five, if you count my Pajamas Media hurricane blogging), when the whole purpose of this switch is to cut back on the time I spend blogging. I know it’s a bit counterintuitive. But I actually think it’ll work well, when you consider my twin goals of: 1) spending less time blogging, while 2) continuing to have outlets for the types of blogging that I can do without eating up all my free time.
Each of my new blogs has a very specific purpose and identity, which
should reduce the temptation to return to "hyperactive" blogging mode
when there’s some development in the news that I could just sit down
and text-blog about for hours. Where would I do that, if I
wanted to? On the "weekly blog," thus destroying its weekly characater?
On the moblog, which is designed to be filled with short cell-phone
posts? On the photoblog? If anything, my energies in such situations
will probably be channeled to the Linklog,
and thus inherently limited to posting individual links with one-line
headlines. There’s no way I can spend hours and hours on that.
Also, by the very fact of splitting up the product of my blog labors
into three separate locations (or more, depending on how you do the
math), I think I will be far less afflicted by the feeling that
I "need" to keep the blogs updated, for my readers’ sake and my
traffic’s sake. If my weekly columns, cell-phone posts, pretty
pictures, random links, and hurricane updates were all in one place,
the site actually would tend to remain pretty fresh — albeit
rather disjointedly — from day to day, and thus I’d be more inclined
to fall victim to the old "feed the beast" problem. But as it is, there
is simply no way these individual blogs will remain consistently
timely. The moblog might sometimes see a dozen posts in a day, and
other times go for weeks without a peep. The photoblog, likewise, will
sometimes be very active and sometimes very inactive. That’s the nature
of those blogs, and it is, for me, a feature, not a bug. It should help
ensure that blogging remains purely a hobby, rather than an independent
demand on my time, competing with work and family and other obligations.
Of course, while the three-blog format is convenient for me,
it’s potentially rather inconvenient for you, my readers, or at least
for those of you "regulars" who want to stay in the loop with what I’m
blogging about, across the board, regardless of the topic. Instead of
checking one site, you’ll have to check three or more. I recognize
that, and to the extent it’s annoying, I apologize. But I think I’ve
created a decent solution, at least for my more tech-savvy readers: a combined RSS feed for all three blogs, and another combined feed for all three blogs plus the Linklog.
We’ll see how this goes. As I’ve said, this is a "trial run," and if these new blogs take up too much of my time, I’ll get rid of one or more of ‘em. But I think I’ve got a pretty good structure going forward to continue my contributions to the blogosphere — and its contributions to me — without impinging on the rest of my life.
I’ll have more to say about all this in my first post on the weekly blog, later tonight. So, stay tuned.