Since this blog was launched in January 2008, I have attemped to do two columns a week, generally one for national readers and another focused on Phoenix for the thousands of readers I left behind at the Arizona Republic. For now, I can't keep up that pace. Too many other obligations are slamming me: My Seattle Times Sunday columns and daily blog; appearing on radio, including KUOW, the local NPR affiliate; speaking engagements; my journalism posts on the blog of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU, and my novels.
I've always prided myself on being an iron man, a writer like my character in Deadline Man, who never freezes. But for now at least, I am going to have to generally cut Rogue back to one column per week. I hate this, and will hate the toll it will take in the site's steadily rising traffic. But it must be done. Rogue Columnist offers readers many features: The Front Page with new news you might not find in your daily newspaper or on television; the City Desk which aggregates news on urban issues; Arizona's Continuing Crisis; the Best of the Front Page archive, and the Climate Change/Energy page. All these are to be found to your right and are updated throughout the week. In addition, there are five years worth of columns in the archives, especially the Phoenix 101 history series.
Even at one a week, I hope you'll continue to click on Rogue. And keep spreading the word.
[UPDATE] I like the idea of an open thread. So let's try that. I'll set up the open thread with a few links to get the conversation started. Also, guest Rogue posts are always welcome if they require little editing on my part and fit into the mission of the blog.