Okay...I've been thinking seriously about shutting down the site for the past year--mainly because I do not care to write political pieces, and it is difficult to get content up here on the front page on a regular basis.
That said, we do have a group of regulars here, people I choose to consider as friends, both on the left and right. It isn't important to me personally to have a large user base, and I do enjoy writing about miscellaneous topics and seeking out music to share, so rather than shut things down, I am going to try a compromise solution.
Sometime in the next couple of months (i.e. once I get off my lazy ass), I am hoping to make the site primarily a music site, with a little miscellanea thrown in here and there, and (as we currently have now) a weekly open thread.
Essentially, the site will be pretty much the same as it is now except that music will also be posted up front--and on Sundays, I'll continue to showcase art in the Morning in the Museum. I am also planning to stop the daily posting in the Miscellanea Section and instead put a few miscellaneous tidbits up here during the week.
If the editors who are currently here now have political pieces (on non-political, for that matter) they would like to post here, they will continue to be able to do so--music is simply going to take a more prominent role at the site.
Anyway, that is the plan for now. I'm posting this mainly to give those of you who do visit the site the opportunity to give me some feedback. I've known the regulars here a long time, and I don't mind providing an online hangout of sorts, so this seems to be a reasonable compromise solution.
Finally, I'm not going to make any changes for a few weeks. I did want to share my thoughts first.
The floor is open, but if you would, let's keep the actual political discussions in the open thread I posted earlier, and reserve this thread for comments on the planned changes.
Have a nice weekend.