Sub-Blogs, Cross-posting, and format stuff


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Trumwill says:

    A shared RSS feed itself would be great. I also like the single-page idea, too, but…

    There is also always the option of transforming the entire site into something that weaves all these blogs together more seamlessly, though we would lose the front-page altogether and move to a web of solo-blogs. Not sure how I feel about that, or how it would work in practice.

    That’s probably a step too far. I think having certain posts “promoted” to the main site, and the relatively small league of main-site posters is the way to go. It’s a tough balance between having too much front-page content so that it’s hard for busy people to keep on top of, and forcing people to go to 9 different sites when you can streamline it. I think TLOOG is *this close* to having the perfect medium between the two.Report

  2. I would strongly vote against losing the front-page. I think it’s a great place for discussions to start and it’s wise to have an area for the material posters think deserves a higher profile. An RSS feed would be brilliant. The running catalog on the right of the sub-blog activity is pretty good, I think. Maybe it somehow could be made more easily noticed — but it really would be fine left alone, too.Report

  3. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    I think we should have more cross-posting, but I do think it should be reserved for:

    A) When you have a really good post.
    B) When you see that the main site is slow.
    C) When the mood strikes you to run an open-thread.

    Also, I am looking into finding a plugin to do the “Gifts of Gab” across all sites so that comments from all sites showed up on all sites.Report

    • Avatar Trumwill says:

      Since it seems that some of the side-bloggers don’t know which of their stuff should be cross-posted, would it be workable to have a thumbs-up nomination process/gadget?Report

  4. Avatar dexter says:

    When you move a sub-blog the main page you might try to find a way to bring the replies along.Report

  5. I’ve only cross-posted once, on a topic that seemed a bit more general interest than my usual musings. I’m glad enough to have the sub-blog, so I try to avoid cluttering up the main page. I like having it at the discretion of the sub-bloggers, and also would hate to see the main page go.Report

  6. The current format is fine for me for the most part. I have added all of the sub-blogs to my reader as they have popped up and deleted a few if they didn’t keep my interest. I appreciate the span of subjects covered and the writing, they just aren’t all my cup of tea. My only complaint is that there seems to be a bit less material on the main League page these days.

    And of course I always miss the cross-League conversations that marked the League’s early days when you guys were blowing up all over the blogosphere. I am not embarrassed to admit that I was green with envy back then and my first guest post was a real badge of honor to be in such company.Report

  7. Avatar Trumwill says:

    I should add, the fact that we’re even having this conversation is one of the things I love about this site. Even though I’m not a contributor apart from a couple guest-posts and non-prolific commenting, I feel like a part of this site. Most sites, I feel mostly like a consumer (not a bad thing, to be sure, but different).Report

  8. Avatar Will says:

    I’m thinking of starting a sideblog devoted to menswear. Is this a terrible idea?Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. says:

      I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all. I wanted to do something about fashion a while ago but basically decided against it because I know what looks good on women, but my knowledge of menswear is limited to “Make sure it smells clean before you put it on if you’re going out.” My wife and I pretty much pick out clothes for each other.Report

      • Avatar Trumwill says:

        “Make sure it smells clean before you put it on if you’re going out.”

        Clean? What are you? Some kind of priss? 🙂Report

      • Avatar Will says:

        Hmmm. I’m not thinking of anything very fashion-y – just a venue to post ebay/thrift store finds, compare notes on tailoring/fits, and generally shoot the breeze about ties, tweed, and the finer things in life.

        It may also involve headless shots of yours truly posing in ridiculous get-ups . . .

        You’re right, this is a terrible idea.Report

        • Avatar Rufus F. says:

          I’m actually thinking it’s a great idea. Seriously, I have no idea what looks good beyond jeans and a tee shirt and generally attempt to wear that all year long. So, I’d definitely read it.

          Trumwell: Well, like most married men, that rule is followed in my head by, “Do that or my wife will make fun of me.”Report

    • Avatar Mozart Sleeps in a Pauper's Grave says:

      No, Will, I think it has great potential–but it MUST have many oddities.

      Menswear. Hmm, let’s see now. Why don’t you take it to men’s military uniforms going way, way, back right up to the present?Maybe even digging up what terrorists wear, you know, suicide vests, hats, gloves, shoes.

      I love it. I’d be glad to help you if you need anything. And German battlefield apparel in the 20th century would absolutely be The Bomb! Nuts? No way! The Nazis went through several changes right up into their fall in 1945.

      Viel Gluck!Report

  9. Avatar Murali says:

    Mr Kain, I recently sent you an e-mail about starting a sideblog here at ordinary gentlemen. Just checking to see if you received it. It might have gotten stuck in your filters.

    On that note I just want to feel out how many of the readers here would like a side-blog by yours truly dedicated to more abstract moral and political philosophy?Report

  10. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I’m totally starting to get this sub-blog idea because there really are some current events things that I feel the pull to scream out about in a public forum, and yet without the full public exposure one gets here because, well, you open yourself up to getting slammed by drive-by commenters. So it’s a push/pull thing between “let ‘er rip” and “watch your mouth”. Not to fear though- I’m already slacking off on this page and have no desire to take up more real estate. You guys like Jason and Eric are blogging machines.Report

  11. E.D.

    Overall, how are the sub-blogs doing? Are casual League visitors finding them? Are they generating interest? Comment counts?Report