After eight months, thousands of posts and more bloggers than we can count, NPR has decided that yes, this blogging thing might have some legs.
So we're going to do more blogs. Leroy Siever's My Cancer blog is already a success. We'll also be doing other blogs in the coming months, including one that will be focused more on the news. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, Mixed Signals has run its course. A large percentage of our news staff has spent time blogging, and we now have a better idea of what we want the blog to be. The scattershot nature of Mixed Signals didn't really work. We've also learned just how important a blog's readers are to blogging well. We've gotten some amazing responses from you on various things we've posted. But I think we need to do better in setting up a two-way street with our readers and with other blogs. I think that blogs are best when they're driven by personal passion, or a shared common passion and style. We're going to let our new blogger (and the search is still on -- you can apply here) help us develop the style of the blog and form what the blog should be.
We also want you, our readers, to tell us what you think NPR should be doing in the blogosphere. What did we do right, and what did we do wrong? What should we do more of, or less of? What cool online tools do you think we should be using to improve the way we interact with the public? This page will be up for a while and we will be posting your comments. We want to engage with you as we create more blogs.
All this comes at a time when we're rearranging our newsroom to try and bring us even more into the digital world. As for me, through some twist of fate I'm not sure I fully understand, I'm off to Iraq for a month, then back to serve as... wait for it... acting managing editor for Digital Media. I cackle quietly, but with great satisfaction. The suits have finally lost it.
It's been a good run for Mixed Signals. I had a lot of fun blogging. Where else can I expound on Iraq, the weirdness of Scientology and get really excited when world leaders start calling each other Satan. And on top of all that, they paid me, too.
Anyway, thanks for reading...