Yesterday I submitted a post to the NYT site about this blog. It was a straight forward promo and not even slightly on topic, and I was astonished to see it published today. Also, Jean’s only accepted post over there was one that contained our URL.
I think Nate has instructed his moderators to let us push our website, that he feels bad about the loss of the old site’s lively interaction and knows that he owes us in part for driving traffic through years of helping him attain the high profile he now occupies. At any rate, they certainly don’t seem to mind. It might even be a good idea to test this theory by having few more of you post there in the coming week and include reference to this site. It could well be more attractive to people if they know some of you really smart folks are here… and not just lightweights like me. *g*
Also, I suspect a lot of the regulars have already pretty much given up on the NYT comments site, so we’re not going to gather them in without a few more signposts to help them.
So while I’m on the topic… what DO you all think of the new site? Has it been a good move for Nate, do you think? Do you like the comments over there? I actually do, quite a lot. They’re much more informative than our old comments section used to be… but not nearly as much fun. I think both sites serve a distinct purpose…. the NYT site is meat and potatoes, this one is dessert and cocktails. It’s hard to achieve a perfectly balanced site, but these two together are going to be just about perfect.
And while I’m at it… what do you all think about Murkowski’s write-in effort, and how it will play in Alaska? At the NYT, even the Alaskans seem hugely divided on the implications of her latest move. Par for the course this election cycle, I guess.
Anyhow, enough rambling. If you’ve just arrived here from the NYT, welcome. Stop in and say hi. If you’re one of the old crowd, we’ve missed you. (I even miss Muley and Charles. It seems to be some kind of mental illness.) If you’re new and simply curious, we’re happy to see you, too. Pull up a chair, grab a drink and jump in. Anywhere.
But be warned… we’re really, REALLY addictive!