In a recent post I discussed the introduction of new serial fiction here.
There is a new nonfiction feature I need to introduce as well. But first let me explain the background.
Topic diversity and managed chaos
The subject matter at this blog is diverse. It ranges from current events to economics, from foreign languages to English literature.
And on top of that, many of you send me suggestions of topics to cover.
The positive result of all this diversity is a blog that has a lot of variety and a moderate amount of depth.
The negative result is a constant shift (in both subject and format) from one day to the next.
I recognize that this is less than ideal; and it has probably confused some visitors in the past. Most readers want a degree of continuity each time they visit a site.
Therefore, I'll be organizing future nonfiction blog posts into a new format: the Ask Ed column.
About Ask Ed
The structure of Ask Ed will generally follow a Q&A pattern. The topics will remain the same as what you’re used to here, but they’ll be shorter and formatted for the Internet. (Because I mainly write books, one of my most grievous failings when writing on the Internet is that I always want to add one more thing.)
I will occasionally editorialize a bit in the Ask Ed columns. This isn't Wikipedia (and even Wikipedia has its biases, depending on the particular "Wikipedian" who wrote a given article.
Moreover, it is my belief that the whole point of reading a personal blog is to get an individual perspective on facts and issues.
This doesn't mean standing on a soapbox all the time. But it doesn't mean “just the facts, and nothing but the facts” all the time, either.
It requires a balance.
My worldview is centrist-leaning-conservative. That worldview will occasionally be relevant in the Ask Ed columns, depending on the subject matter. But this won't be a "political" column in the usual sense of that term.
Stay tuned for the first installments…