A bit of housekeeping

You may have noticed I’ve started indexing the Left Behind posts in their new home here at Patheos. That should make it easier for anyone wanting to start at the beginning and read through them in order. (It should also make it easier to adapt those posts into some sort of e-book or some such, which may be in the works.)

I should be finishing that index this week in convenient 50-post chunks, each of which will be linked in the blogroll sidebar to the right for easy access.

You may also have noticed that I haven’t posted anything on Tribulation Force in a couple of weeks. While compiling the index, I was reminded that often a series of shorter, sharper posts can communicate better than the swollen, 2,000+-word essays my recent TF posts have ballooned into. Some of those have been a bit much for me, and it’s likely I’m not the only on thinking that.

So starting next week, I’ll be resuming our trek through the final, herky-jerky chapters of Tribulation Force, aiming to make those posts crisper, a bit shorter, and I hope more frequent.

Also in the category of Things I Ought to Have Done Here Sooner: I think I now have most of the Slacktiverse bloggers linked here in the blogroll. If I’m missing yours, please let me know at slacktivist-at-hotmail-dot-com.

Thanks.

  • Inca

    Actually, don’t shorten them too much! Reading the first posts I found them a bit… short.

  • Anonymous

    I remember making a .pdf compilation of the Left Behind posts a while back; I probably still have it around somewhere if you want it.

  • Anonymous

    My first two comments are on Post #54: Cursed are the peacemakers.

  • Jenny Islander

    No matter which filter I choose–oldest first, newest first, or the other two–I can only ever see the first page of comments.  Clicking “Next,” clicking some other page number, or manually entering the page number in the address bar will activate the little “Yeah, we’re working” icon, but the page doesn’t actually change; it just refreshes using whichever filter I have in place.  I’m using IE8 (yeah, I know, but my husband has chosen browsers as his hill to die on and I like peace in the house).  Anybody know if there’s something I can do to fix this issue?  I’m missing most of the conversation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-McDonald/610556997 Matthew McDonald

    Actually, I like the longer format. Don’t get me wrong, if you need to make the posts shorter to make the work sustainable for you Fred man, hell, by all means. But don’t think there isn’t a large portion of us who enjoy every word you commit to the screen.

    Love. Peace. Metallica.

  • chris the cynic

    On the one hand, I’m all for more frequent updates.  On the other hand, I have liked the long posts.

    -

    That said, if it’s putting too much of a burden on you, then certainly go for shorter posts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    Some of those have been a bit much for me, and it’s likely I’m not the only on thinking that.

    I dunno, you might be the only one. :-D

  • http://mousehole-mouse.blogspot.com/?zx=750fe1130de6bdac Mouse

    You added me to your blogroll…I don’t know what to say except that I’m flattered. As far as I’m concerned, you can write the new TF posts whenever you feel like it: you’ve produced such a full body of work over the years that it’s not like we’re going to suffer unduly without it. [wipes tears from eyes]

  • Anonymous

    The more recent posts are longer, but in no respect would I consider them swollen.  Fred’s writing style seems as crisp now as it’s always been — he just chooses to make more points per post than he used to.

    Of course, if he would prefer to keep the LB posts trim, and save his longer writings for a potential book … well, that’d be a fine tradeoff.  I’m sure that we Slacktivites can make up for it in the comments.

  • Anonymous

    The more recent posts are longer, but in no respect would I consider them swollen.  Fred’s writing style seems as crisp now as it’s always been — he just chooses to make more points per post than he used to.

    Of course, if he would prefer to keep the LB posts trim, and save his longer writings for a potential book … well, that’d be a fine tradeoff.  I’m sure that we Slacktivites can make up for it in the comments.

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    But don’t think there isn’t a large portion of us who enjoy every word you commit to the screen.

    Speak for yourself.  I find he uses “to,” “macho,” “great,” and “and” a bit too often for my tastes.

    Also, “Buck” causes me physical pain.

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    But don’t think there isn’t a large portion of us who enjoy every word you commit to the screen.

    Speak for yourself.  I find he uses “to,” “macho,” “great,” and “and” a bit too often for my tastes.

    Also, “Buck” causes me physical pain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710235 Daniel Drew Turner

    Yaaay! Thanks — it was quite an effort to try to be a completist using the old site. OCDs will welcome the forthcoming sleepless, but less painful, nights. And I’d buy the hell out of an e-book or similarly formatted collection. Good luck!

  • http://homeinbabylon.com/ Chuchundra

    I’ll buck the crowd and say that I much prefer the shorter length of your earlier work. They seem sharper, funnier and more on point.

    Maybe it’s my mild ADD or the fact that the internet has ruined my brain, but your longer
    “Left Behind” pieces occasionally stray into TL;DR territory for me.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll buck the crowd…

    I’ll go fetch a Tylenol for Geds.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll buck the crowd…

    I’ll go fetch a Tylenol for Geds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blotzphoto Louis Doench

    If Fred had done this last year it would have made my life easier. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blotzphoto Louis Doench

    If Fred had done this last year it would have made my life easier. ;)

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    I’ll go fetch a Tylenol for Geds.

    Can you make it Extra Strength?  Having to read the original and your quote made the pain quite acute.

  • Tonio

    Some of the longer entries worked well when Fred had a clear point to make about a particular section of the book. Other times, it seemed like Fred was trying to have each update reflect about the same number of pages in the book, with the effect that a few posts continued after he had made his point. I vote for letting the subject determine the post length.

  • walden

    I liked the longer posts….they had really interesting digressions.

  • http://homeinbabylon.com/ Chuchundra

    Can you make it Extra Strength?  Having to read the original and your quote made the pain quite acute.

    Shall we say pistols at dawn?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-White/1605859612 Sue White

    Having to read the original and your quote made the pain quite acute.

    Oh, buck up!  Do you need money, I’ll send a few bucks.

  • Hummingwolf

    No matter which filter I choose–oldest first, newest first, or the other two–I can only ever see the first page of comments.

    Most of the time, clicking on the “Compatibility View” button works for me.  (I’m also using IE8 because I’m a dial-up user and I must prioritize.)

  • Joshua

    Well, Fred, you kinda opened up the discussion to people’s opinion of the format of the Left Behind posts, so here’s mine.

    I love to read the posts, as long or as short as they need to be for your sanity and the level of effort you choose to commit, but since there’s such a rich variety of wrongness to choose to write about, I think there’s room to cover more pages per post. Skip over those pages where the wrongness has already been discussed, eg all the times they forget that there are no children left, and go straight for the fresh new wrongness 50 pages later.

    La Haye and Jenkins have blessed us with such an abundance of pages, so you don’t need to worry about running out.

  • Anonymous

    I’m noticing a problem with the formatting on some of those older posts.  On a lot of them, the blockquotes aren’t working.  There will be a long section that should be in a separate gray box, but it looks like part of the regular text, so it’s hard to tell where L&J end and you begin.

  • Münchner Kindl

    Yay, thanks very much Fred for this information and the amount of work you’re doing. I look forward not only to the new posts, but also to the (maybe) compilation of the essays into a book. (Some of the comments were very good – how much copyright do you have to use the comments, too, with correct attribution?)

    I hope your life gets better re: finding a job, but on the other hand we profit from you having more time …

    As to the length of the posts, I have no problem with the longer posts or shorter posts. If longer posts bug you, then I’ll take shorter posts over no posts, or more frequent posts over less frequent; but I’m certainly not one of those disliking the longer ones.

  • Georgia

    The more words from you, the better. 

  • Georgia

    The more words from you, the better. 

  • Anonymous

    Hi, A quickie note –

    Not sure if my blog made it on yours: http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/

  • Maggie_Blume

    Is this ever going to happen? Or am I missing the index somewhere? 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Click the “Left Behind” tag on one of the recent NRA posts.

    Then you can scroll to about page 58 and start reading about fully-loaded 747s.

  • Baby_Raptor

    There’s also a listing for Left Behind in the “Categories” drop-down on the right side of the page. 


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