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September 18, 2009

Blogging Note

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I'm in Sun Valley, Idaho this evening and won't be back to Seattle until late Sunday.

On Monday I hope to post some thoughts regarding the future direction of 2Blowhards now that Michael, the indispensable heart and soul of this place, will no longer be blogging regularly.

Clearly, I cannot carry the content-production burden alone if for no other reason than my range of interests is too narrow; I have little to say about movies, music and literature, for example.

Before I get around to doing the post mentioned above (which will be a solicitation for suggestions along with some of my own ideas), if any of you have immediate thoughts, either leave a comment here or else email me via the address link near my name at the panel to the left.



posted by Donald at September 18, 2009


Have you thought of recruiting a replacement Blowhard? Or more than one, considering Michael's range of interests: movies, pop culture, diet & fitness, architecture and town planning....

Posted by: Chris Burd on September 19, 2009 1:03 AM

auditions for blowhards?

Posted by: unmoored on September 19, 2009 8:15 AM

Chris and unmoored -- Yes, the ultimate solution is to get at least two new bloggers on board.

The question is how to go about that.

In my case, Michael, for some strange reason, promoted me from commenter to guest blogger to full-timer. That process took about six months. Even so, it was a risk on his part because three other new Blowhards had been recruited and failed to post for long.

That's not the only possibility. I have others in mind, but readers might have even better solutions than the ones I'll propose next week.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on September 19, 2009 8:54 AM

I don't think replacing Michael is a possibility. He is unique. You may find that pulling in three or four new replacements is the only practical solution. Have you considered some of Michael's favorite interviewees? They are very interesting people.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on September 19, 2009 2:11 PM

Charlton -- Yes, it will probably take at least two others to even remotely fill Michael's shoes. I'll get to that Monday or Tuesday and also toss out an idea or two dealing with short-term posting options until the right candidates can be chosen.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on September 19, 2009 10:18 PM

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