As any blogger can tell you, it’s good to be on hiatus — but it’s better to be back. Especially when being back means settling into new digs with the same crew. (You can, however, expect some new faces — or ‘voices’, in the parlance of our times.) Thanks to Jody and Joe for putting things together, and to you, the reader, whether new (FT), medium-new (Culture11), or ancient (whenever I started this crazy business).
There’s a lot to say these days, of course, and I look forward to saying it in the company of some of my favorite and well-respected Voices around. Today’s far too nice a day — after far too long a string of days in DC that looked and felt like standing dishwater — to stay cooped up indoors, but after a romp through the Virginia countryside, you can expect a few comments of, one would hope, particular interest. Why, for instance, Pomocon at First Things? Why now? Or, for another instance, what does Trollope, our patron mottoist, have to tell us about a postmodern conservative’s view of Lord Beaconsfield, patron politico of those reformer-cons everyone keeps talking about? And what, finally, is a pomocon anyway? (Some questions never go out of fashion.)
By all accounts, I’m pleased to welcome you aboard for another spin. Like all good things, PomoconFT is launching soft — meaning we’ll be adding features, working out kinks, and generally breaking in this new pair of boots over the next several weeks. Feedback is always encouraged, comments appreciated, and intellectual good faith rewarded in kind. Finally, do not forget to read without a sense of humor. Without this, the economic value of the blogosphere will surely drop to nil. Tally ho and away we go.