Welcome to the New WeeklySift.com

This week I moved the Weekly Sift to its new home at weeklysift.com. I’ve been meaning to do that for a while, and I’ve simultaneously included changes that I hope make the blog easier to find, more accessible to new readers and commenters, and easier to navigate.

People who get the Weekly Sift directly from me by email shouldn’t notice any difference. During a transition period, I’ll post weekly summaries at the old URL. If you’re reading via Google Reader or some other RSS subscription, this would be a good time to change the subscription to weeklysift.com.

If you read the Sift online, the biggest change you’ll notice is that each week’s Sift is now divided into 4-6 separate posts that come out more-or-less simultaneously. The last post of each week is the Weekly Summary, which looks like the header of the old-style Sifts, and should sit on top of the blog all week. The new structure is intended to make it easier for people to find, link to, forward, or comment on the specific article they want.

Undoubtedly there will be glitches as I deal with new tools and settings. (The blog also moved from Blogspot software to WordPress software, which should be invisible to the reader.) If anything doesn’t work, either leave a comment on the blog or write to me at weeklysift at gmail.com.

Some things are definitely not going to change: the purpose, quantity, and integrity of the content. The Sift still comes out on Mondays and still has a target total length of 3000 words (not counting the summaries). I haven’t changed my target audience, my writing style, or my point of view.

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  • Bob Lee  On July 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I guess I’ll get used to it, but I really enjoyed reading your weekly blog beginning to end. Can you at least provide a link at the end of each section, to get to the next one? It seems that I have to go back to the front page to find the next section of this week’s sift. Thanks.

    • weeklysift  On July 22, 2011 at 6:48 am

      There two ways to read the blog straight through: (1) At the home page (weeklysift.com), all the articles are laid out in order; you can just keep reading and scrolling down. (2) if you open any individual post — say if you start with the weekly summary — the blog makes an automatic link to the previous and next posts. They appear right after the Post a Comment line.

      The third way to read the blog straight through is that I can add you to the list of people I send the Sift to by email. (That’s different than the Subscribe button on the blog, which I believe will email you notices that a new post is up.) I only do that by request, though, because I don’t want to spam people. You can request in a response to this comment.

      Anybody can ask to get the Sift by email by writing to weeklysift at gmail.com

      • Bob Lee  On July 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        Thanks. I guess I didn’t see the automatic links at first. I see them now.


  • By Spoonless « The Weekly Sift on July 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    […] Welcome to the new WeeklySift.com. This week the Weekly Sift moves to weeklysift.com. Simultaneously, I’ve changed (and, I hope, improved) the design of the blog. But the content, philosophy, and purpose of the Weekly Sift is not changing. […]

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