MyDD's New Weekend Crew

It with great pleasure, and also a palpable sense of relief, that this afternoon I am able to announce MyDD's new crew of weekend writers. In addition to Nancy Scola, who will continue to help us out, four others writers will be on the front page over weekends: I am very excited about this group, who I think will offer a diverse range of perspectives and areas of focus on the progressive movement. Considering that Jonathan Singer started out as a weekend writer on MyDD, I'm sure we can expect great things from all of them.

There were many very good applicants, but in the end I went with the four who had the most extensive prior blogging experience. When I started writing full-time on MyDD more than three years ago, two things I learned very quickly is that blogging is neither an innate skill, nor like other forms of writing. Instead, it is a unique craft that requires extensive practice. It took me months before I was able to produce three or four quality articles in a single day, much less twenty articles a week. As such, while simultaneously helping out "the long tail," I wanted to go with people who were already familiar with the craft.

Personally, it will be nice to take a step back during weekends for a little while. Over the past three years, even including weekends and holidays, I have probably spent more than half of my waking hours either writing a post, or thinking about what to write next. While this has been undoubtedly one of the most remarkable periods of my life, in order to restore some sense of balance to my life it might be time take actually take a few weekends off in a row. I'm sure that before long I will be writing six or seven days a week again, but from time to time we all need to recharge. Please treat the new crew well. I'll see you again on Monday.

This is an open thread. Tell the world what is on your mind.

Tags: Blogosphere, meta, Open Threads (all tags)



Re: MyDD's New Weekend Crew

Welcome new front-pagers. We will soon figure out your secret agendas to undermine various candidates.

by LandStander 2007-06-01 10:26AM | 0 recs
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Welcome randomly generated fake names who are really Jerome Armstrong!

by belili 2007-06-01 10:27AM | 0 recs
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damn you Jerome, creating more names by which to destroy public discourse in this country. this must go on no longer

by pierredude 2007-06-01 06:04PM | 0 recs
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I want a button that says "Not Jerome Armstrong."

by Melissa Ryan 2007-06-01 08:35PM | 0 recs
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by robliberal 2007-06-01 11:27AM | 0 recs

Looking forward to your post.

by dk2 2007-06-01 12:09PM | 0 recs
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On a different note:
Al Gore reads SLASHDOT!

"He said he has a Google news page and regularly reads about two dozen sites that range from traditional outlets like USA Today as well as new media venues like, a technology site, and Huffington Post. Of the Drudge Report, which targeted Bill Clinton's sex scandals and draws fire from liberal media critics, Gore said he occasionally clicks on it. "I do. I do go to Drudge from time to time." "

From the politico. (NO link!)

by sayhar 2007-06-01 01:37PM | 0 recs
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How much are they getting paid?


by pontificator 2007-06-01 02:48PM | 0 recs
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Only Very Serious Journalists get paid! Lefty bloggers just get a bunkbed at Romney's double-Gitmo!

by LandStander 2007-06-02 02:00AM | 0 recs


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