Week 8/Month 2 Roundup!

In Budget Politics, California, Climate Change, Economic Planning, Economics, Education Reform, Environment, European Politics, Financial Crisis, Full Employment, Health Care Reform, History and Law, History and Politics, Housing, Living Wage, New Deal, Political Ideology, Political Parties, Politics, Politics of Policy, Public Policy, Public Works, Regulation, Social Democracy, Social Policy, Social Security, Taxes, U.K Politics, Uncategorized, Unions, Welfare State, WPA on July 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Ok, a second full month has come and gone. Often, I’ve found that pushing something past the second period (week, month, etc.) is often a good sign of successfully establishing it as a habit. It’s easy to try something for a week when everything’s new and fresh and exciting, but keeping it going is harder. So I see this as a hopeful sign – this is still fun.

So where does the Realignment Project stand in its second month?

  • 15 substantive posts, 3.75 a week
    • Clearly, the pace has improved a bit, with some weeks ticking along at three posts a week, and others at four or five. My ultimate goal is to move towards seven posts a week, so that there’s always something new each day to keep people coming back to visit The Realignment Project.
    • To that end, the arrival of my co-editor and contributor Daraka Larimore-Hall has made a big difference in increasing the volume and pace of content while simultaneously reducing pressure on us individually. I would also like individually to move towards a steady group of three or four people contributing regularly, so that each of us can concentrating on writing one really good piece as opposed to three ok pieces per week – qualilty over quantity being the watchword of this blog.
  • 773 hits, including 211 in the last week (the second-highest week so far)
    • the increasing growth rate, largely driven by improving use of social network sites to spread the word about new posts, is very heartening. We’ve more than doubled in the last month – let’s see if we can keep this up.
    • To that end, I did want to thank people who came across this blog and passed it on via the little share buttons at the bottom of each post – it’s always interesting to see incoming links come in from people’s Twitter accounts and the like who I’ve never heard of before.
  • 17 comments (not including pingbacks)
    • getting better, slowly, many thanks to Marko for being the most frequent commenter.
    • however, it would still be nice to get more of a conversation going on the blog, so feel free to comment.

The next step in the process of building up the Realignment Project is to establish institutional links with other groups, blogs, institutions, etc. so that The Realignment Project can first build up more of a steady readership (less reliant on individual posts causing a spike in views), and so that we can make progress towards the ultimate goal of making this a real conversation about big ideas, about the political future, about political realignment in our lifetimes. We’re currently working on a couple projects, and will keep you updated.

So, the last month’s posts, arranged by topic:

Politics/Political Ideology:

Social Welfare State/Taxes:

Economic Policy/Regulation:

Jobs/Housing/Other:

And if you’re a newcomer to The Realignment Project, here’s our first month’s roundup to help you catch up.

Enjoy!

  1. Excellent blog. I’m a Fellow at Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning. Your post on dailykos.com was awesome and inspiring. Seriously would love to chat with you about the feasibility of the transit corridors in light of the economic downturn, the environmental impact of rebuilding railroads, and the fuel sources for the various locomotives. Transportation and Post-Petroleum Planning are my thing, so if you want or need any guest commentary on that, I’m locked, loaded, and ready to go.

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by. I’ll shoot you an email about transportation issues.

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