Some Blog Housekeeping

Time to talk shop. 

Last August, my literary agent and I pitched a book proposal around and, though we got some interest and even a couple offers, we felt that the time wasn’t right. We pulled the proposal and I set about to write the book in full. I also set about to get my traffic up over 100K pageviews per month. I succeeded at the latter, but not the former. The book didn’t get done, and we’re currently shopping a new — but related — proposal around.

But the blog grew, and it continues to grow. Even lacking a breakaway post, Theoblogy is up every month over the previous month. And, even more gratifyingly, the commentary is voluminous, robust, and respectful.

Blogging is a grind. There’s no two ways about it. With the goal of posting 11 times per week, it never stops. It’s disputed about who first said it, but someone famous once said that the study of history is just “one damned thing after another.” Blogging can feel like that at times. That’s what it’s felt like this weekend, facing another new week with few new ideas.

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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