Hello???? What happened to MyDD?

I have not checked in on MyDD for a while.  I didn't like the direction it was going and the fact that it seemed that the old guard was letting this place slide. 

I came back today to see how MyDD was covering the special election in NY 26 and I see nothing.

To those in "power" and those in the know ... please don't let this place die.

Right now ... it feels as if a neutron bomb went off.

 

Hello???? What happened to MyDD?

I have not checked in on MyDD for a while.  I didn't like the direction it was going and the fact that it seemed that the old guard was letting this place slide. 

I came back today to see how MyDD was covering the special election in NY 26 and I see nothing.

To those in "power" and those in the know ... please don't let this place die.

Right now ... it feels as if a neutron bomb went off.

 

Transitioning

About three months ago I wrote a post noting that because I was beginning to study for the bar exam I simply would not have the time to go forward with much blogging. As it turned out, I really didn't. And for the first time in six years, I wasn't blogging on a full time basis.

Now that the bar exam is over and I'm starting to get back to my normal schedule, I'm looking forward to writing again. It's a real passion of mine, and I have found myself missing it for a long time.

But at this point I am at a bit of a transition point. Before my bar exam-related hiatus, I had written full-time on MyDD for four and a half years, totaling well over 3,000 posts on the site. My time on the site has been amazing, opening up doors and giving me an opportunity to speak to and with an amazing audience -- one of the most engaged, informed and interesting in the progressive blogosphere.

Now that I am getting back to writing, I'm realizing that as much as I love this site, the time has come to transition to something new. To that end, I have put up a new blog (still in need of a more clean design) called Polising.com. There, I will be writing about the same types of things I have written about on this site for years -- polling, elections, political strategy, and a little bit of policy -- but also some on the law and culture. I started this afternoon with a post on how the conservatives' attempt to divert attention towards the Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan speaks wonders about their inability to capitalize on the issue of the economy.

The new site isn't an attempt to replicate or supplant MyDD, because MyDD is inimitable -- it is an institution. I look forward to continue reading the great writing of Charles, Jerome and the diarists on MyDD, and perhaps chiming in myself from time to time.

I am extremely grateful to both Jerome and Chris Bowers for giving me this opportunity in November 2005. At the time I was just a college student writing about elections on my own site reaching just a few hundred people, writing a diary on MyDD from time to time. In the time since, I have been able to be more involved in politics than I ever thought possible.

I am also extremely grateful to the outstanding community here at MyDD. You are all really fantastic.

But at this transition point -- completing law school, taking the bar exam, looking ahead to a career in law to come -- it's time for me to try something new. This is a transition, not a farewell. I hope to speak again with you soon.

Leaving MyDD

I have accepted a campaign-style job that may or may not last beyond the midterms. This position, as is the norm for such things, does not permit blogging. I hope/plan to return to MyDD when I can but whether that’s as soon as November or not until I go back to grad school, I do not know.

Thanks to Jerome for allowing me this wonderful opportunity, first under the name “Transplanted Texan” as a Biden volunteer in 2007, then as a weekend blogger in 2008, and finally as a routine front-pager for the past 12 months. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in the political process this way, and to interact with the motivated Netroots and MyDD community.

I’ve spent the last four days driving across the continent, from Coeur d’Alene, ID to Washington, DC with stops in Montana, Minnesota, and Ohio. This really is a remarkable country we live in. The land formations, natural resources, and people – we are truly blessed. Let’s appreciate what we’ve been given, and let’s not screw it up. Not this November or ever.

I’ll miss MyDD. If you’ll miss me, or just want to express your appreciation for my posts on Glenn Beck, Katrina recovery, or clean energy, please say so with a donation to our ActBlue candidates. No, I’m not so arrogant as to think anyone cares that much about my posts – I just want to be sure to get in one last plug for competitive progressives like Alan Grayson, Matt Dunne, Jack Conway, and Bill White! (Matt, btw, just got his second newspaper endorsement in a competitive primary for an open governorship, and aired his first TV ad this week.)

Anyways, God bless, good luck, and I look forward to returning down the line.

Welcome to the Nourishing the Planet Diary!

Welcome to the Nourishing the Planet project diary on MyDD. As world hunger numbers top 1 billion, we are reporting from on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa to both inform global efforts to eradicate hunger and raise the profile of these efforts. Meeting with farmers, farmers groups, NGO's, journalists, funders, and policy makers, the Nourishing the Planet is assessing the state of agricultural innovations-from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy-and highlighting the all too often untold stories of hope and success. To read more, previous MyDD entries by Nourishing the Planet can be found here and to find out more about the project see our blog. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Questions? Comments? Please contact Worldwatch Senior Researcher Danielle Nierenberg at dnierenberg@worldwatch.org.

 

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