Making the Blog better

Dear reader, The Weasel goes to a lot of trouble to verify stories. Ok, occasionally I get it wrong, but mostly I get the facts right. This involves a lot of hard work; for example, I rarely use Wikipedia and prefer primary sources. Many of these primary sources cost money to subscribe to and I know that without them I shall increasingly resort to cutting and pasting what is left of the online news. I am thankful to readers who have donated money to the blog. One of the things I want to do with the money is to select subscriber news sources. This is important because, although some pay websites are begining to allow free content, this content is normally available elsewhere. Politics Home is a case in point. Not long ago, Politics Home was almost totally inaccessible, but they have relented and now you can use the site as a convenient news aggregator. What you cannot get is primary material.

This would be ok if I did a niche blog, but I don't. This is a magazine blog that draws its sources from everything, so I am going to need to be very sure just how I spend your money.

So soon, I shall be publishing a survey of reader's interests. I hope many of you will fill it in. I hope you have enough faith in me to contribute in cash. You can do so by clicking the button on the right. I also want to know what kind of questions I should ask in the survey. You can help me there.

As regular readers will know, I have been working on different kinds of blog post. Some of these worked, some did not. I need to get to know more about my constituency and learn why they come and what interests them. This is not to say that I shall pander to popular taste, but I do not do this as an ego trip, I do it because I think what I have to say matters. I also think that there are many blogs out there who do some of what I do better. I want to play to my strengths, then. And yet, I am not sure what they are, if any.

Watch out for the survey and please take part. Your opinion matters. Please donate now.


The Grim Reaper said...

You do
what you do pretty well. I wouldn't say that anything needs changing at all.

Except the text size for the posts. Make that smaller, please. Otherwise, all is good.

Ed P said...

Grim Reaper: try Ctrl - for smaller text!

Is that the original "Weasels ripped my flesh" Frank Zappa album cover?

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Yes Ed, it is!

Years ago I had four or five Zappa albums: 2000 Motels, Burnt Weenie Sandwich, Hot Rats, Live at the Filmore East.