More on the big blog move
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:
- a weekly blog, named "Hopefully Considered";
- a photoblog, named "Light and High Beauty";
- and a moblog, named "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost."
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.