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Return from Hiatus

2010 December 26
by rahul

I put this blog on hiatus back in February, for a variety of reasons. Among them were a need to redesign the blog, a feeling that I was limiting myself too much by the format I chose (a weekly 700-800 word commentary), a need to deal with other matters, and profound political burnout. Of course, as other bloggers know, the burnout intensifies when you can’t even vent about it, so I’m back now.

The blog is now powered by wordpress. Comments are enabled (finally), and I strongly hope that people will comment. I am still experimenting with formats for my posts. I don’t have the time to be a johnny-on-the-spot blogger, and I also think the value-added from that is minimal, but I will do a few of the normal posts involving response to something I just read. I will do longer commentaries at least once a week, although I may try some much longer posts than in the past. It’s up in the air for now. Feedback on any of this would be much appreciated.

10 Responses
  1. December 28, 2010

    Hey, welcome back Rahul. Tarek and I were just talking about you and hoping you would start blogging again. Burnout is a permanent condition, as we’ve talked about in the past. Be a shame to let it get in the way of what needs to be done… if my feedback’s of any value, yes, feel free to write long and short, frequent and infrequent… I would always check your blog and am looking forward to continuing to do so.

  2. December 31, 2010

    Good to see you back! You won’t know it, but your original blog was one of the things that got me blogging, long time ago… So I’m glad to see you return to the front lines here.. :-)

  3. January 1, 2011

    Peter, it’s great to hear that. Now, if only I could read Dutch …

  4. Chris permalink
    January 3, 2011

    I started reading your blog circa the 2008 election; was sorry to see you go, but I can definitely empathize with political burnout. Welcome back!

  5. andreas permalink
    January 3, 2011

    your perspective has been greatly missed, especially the dry bits of humor thrown in… looking forward to new postings and comments

    take care,
    andreas

  6. Naved Khan permalink
    January 6, 2011

    Welcome back. I am so glad you are back again. I had been visiting your blog since 2005 almost weekly and missed a lot lately. It was also great listening to you when you visited West Hartford. I gave up MSM news and blogs long time ago, so this will be new fresh start. Keep the great work going.
    Take care,
    Naved

  7. January 7, 2011

    Hey Rahul, I’m so glad you and EN are back! I’m putting it back in my feed.

    I see you’re using WordPress now. I build sites in WP for a living (well, did till recently). If you need any basic help, let me know. First thing I would recommend is setting up pretty URLs so the name of your post goes in the URL of that post’s page. This is important for search engines. So this page should be empirenotes.org/return-from-hiatus or something like that. Also there’s no margin to the page in a narrow browser, which makes it really hard to read. In the CSS you could add a margin like BODY {margin: 0 15px} or something to pad the sides.

    Great first post, too. The microcredit nightmare is out of control.

  8. January 7, 2011

    Thanks, Brian. I’ll take you up on that. I’m just starting with WP, and navigation is not exactly transparent.

  9. Shelah Riggins permalink
    January 7, 2011

    Glad to see you back, too. Your commentary is always incisive, and I appreciate the wide range of the topics you discuss.

  10. Dean permalink
    January 10, 2011

    Very glad to see you writing again. I hadn’t clicked on Empire Notes since sometime last February, and then I just now accidentally clicked on it while intending to click on the neighboring link, and up came your revamped blog! Already enjoying the thoughts on microcredit. Keep it coming!

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