When Travel Lacks Romance

It seems romantic to travel overseas. And I’m not saying that I don’t like it. But when you read this, I’ll be in the middle of this:

3 hour flight
7 hour layover
14.5 hour flight
2.5 hour layover
4.5 hour flight

It’s a brutal schedule — hard on the body and the soul (of course, I mean “soul” metaphorically). :-)

Few things are worse that listening to someone who gets to travel complain about traveling. I’m thrilled that I get to visit a new country this week and meet new friends. But it’s not without a cost.

I’ll be posting about what I learn on this trip, and I’ll do my best to make the posts applicable to the 90% of you who are American readers. I hope that you’ll find the posts interesting.

And on that 14.5-hour flight from LAX to Taipei, I’ll take a crack at last week’s Question That Haunts.

Andrew Sullivan and the Future of Blogging

Andrew Sullivan may change the face of blogging. Or maybe not.

Last night, Courtney and I watched Downton Abbey. I find it little more than a soap opera in tuxes, but I enjoy it. However, what we both commented on at the end was that, thanks to its airing on public television, we were able to watch a two-hour show, uninterrupted, with nary a commercial. Same goes for other great shows in recent memory, like The Wire and The Sopranos (both on HBO). Be it a donation or subscription, viewers are supporting the production of these shows by paying a monthly or annual fee.

Last week, premier blogger Andrew Sullivan announced that his online real estate, The Dish, would be moving away from ad-driven hosts (he’s been with TIME, The Atlantic, and, most recently, The Daily Beast/Newsweek). He’s asking for an annual contribution of $20, and in less than a week, he’s raised half of the $900,000 budget that he needs:

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Home from the Holidays

In case you took that last couple weeks off of blog-reading, here are the most popular Theoblogy posts over the holidays:

Theoblogy Book of the Year

A Parable (That Really Happened)

Top Theoblogy Posts of 2012

More Year-End Blog Fun

Theoblogibles: You, dear readers, had these characteristics in 2012:

Browsers
25% of you use Chrome (good choice!)
23% use Safari (yay Mac!)
20% use Firefox (meh)
13% use IE (hi Mom!)

Geography
81% of you are in the U.S. – the leading states are California, Texas, Minnesota (hi Mom!), Illinois, and New York.
Next on the list of countries are Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and South Africa.
We had one visitor from Turkmenistan

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