January 01, 2006

Changes to the Right Side...

...of this blog, that is. Regular readers will recall that, quite a few moons ago, I tried to add regional and country-specific blogs to the blog-roll. Truth be told, the effort never really achieved lift-off. It was rather ad hoc, and never really brought to fruition. I thought it would be a handy research tool, say, if you wanted to delve into going-ons in Russia in some detail--ie. pop over into the Russia column. But I never really got into the habit of doing so, and I doubt many of my readers did. Rather than delete these nascent regional and country-specific groupings, however, I've moved them further down.

What else have I done? I've added a bunch of op-ed types to the "Columnists" section, added an entire category on "Law and Finance" (this is more for my job but readers working in the private sector might find it a helpful resource as well), and also added a "City" section (New York going-ons, including the odd obligatory real estate blog and such). In addition, I've added a few blogs to the main blog-roll section.

Coming soon too, I'm having B.D.'s software consultant upgrade us to a newer MT platform, and during this effort hope to work out some of the issues with multiple comments, spam trackbacks, and the like. Oh, and refreshing the pics at the top of the page is probably due for some attention soon too...

Anyway, if you have any wish-list items related to this site (not the substantive content but the nuts and bolts of the design, comments feature, the great blogs I've left off the blog roll etc etc) now is the time drop me a note in comments. Thanks in advance.

Posted by Gregory at January 1, 2006 08:29 PM | TrackBack (0)
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Reduce the margins, left and right. The blank space does not help much of anything, especially when you feel the need to excerpt entire articles and subsume them within the same post. Otherwise post in Chinese so you'll be excused for forcing us to read single words down a page.

Posted by: Vercingetorix at January 1, 2006 09:02 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Not a design flaw, but I'd like to make a suggestion....

you have a highly informed readership, and you raise many interesting and important topics, but your habit of "blog bursting" means that many of these topics go ignored, while topics like the law lords piece get beaten to death (no pun intended) during your hiatuses from blogging.

So I'd like to make a small suggestion -- when you know you will be going away for a bit, start saving up blog entries, and release them at a rate of one or two per day.

One of the nice things about BD is that its not one of those blogs that comments on every headline. Your readership values the amount of thought you put into each piece more than its "timeliness"....so its really not necessary for you to post everything you have written at the first opportunity.

Posted by: lukasiak at January 2, 2006 03:56 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Two exceptional blogs missing from here are Coming Anarchy, a news/foreign policy/travel blog and ZenPundit, an excellent blog about strategy, ideas and history.

URLS:
http://cominganarchy.com
http://zenpundit.blogspot.com

A great blog about Sudan, the peace process there, the killing in Darfur, the destabilizing borders between Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya and Ethiopia, Darfur and human rights activism is Passion Of The Present.

http://passionofthepresent.org

Posted by: EB at January 2, 2006 07:58 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Do you really need so many links to columnists who work for the same papers?

A separate link to an institution like Broder or a columnist like Ignatius or Kristof who normally writes about the same things you do may makes sense. But you already have links to the WP and NYT, and additional links to all their columnists just adds clutter.

That's a minor thing compared to the multiple posting glitch, as I think everyone would agree.

Posted by: JEB at January 2, 2006 05:15 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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