Change in Format

June 13, 2010

I’ve been operating this blog for about 8 months now, and that’s long enough to observe the traffic and patterns of comments that people are leaving.

It seems pretty clear that the ‘housekeeping’ stuff (agendas, meeting summaries, etc.) is not generating a lot of readership or response.

What does seem to generate traffic is the essay-length pieces when I have a genuine question about about a policy choice in front of us. And people seem to find those not because they organically visit this site, but rather because I tweet or do something else that directs traffic here.

So I’m gong to change where I focus my effort. I’m going to drop the agenda-review kind of material, and will post when there is an interesting question that I think readers will want to think about.

If you object strenuously to this change, let me know…



  1. I object strenuously, unless you can direct me to another RSS feed at the city where I can get schedule updates.

  2. Nolan, there is in fact an RSS feed of Planning Commission agendas and minutes at http://www.portlandonline.com/rss.cfm?full=1&c=33998

  3. Hey Chris, I appreciate the agenda updates as well, although they don’t tend to incite my commentary. Mostly, I like when you summarize the salient issues that the Commission is grappling with.

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