The editorial team would like to wish the very best of the season to all our Agonist readers, however you celebrate it and for whatever reason.
It’s been a good year for the Agonist, all in all, even if not always an easy one. We’ve accomplished a move from our old, stone-aged, Drupal platform to WordPress and that has in turn meant a lot more new Agonist registrants who read regularly. I would like to thank all of you, and especially all our regular commenters, for your support.
I would also like to thank the members of the editorial team and every contributor personally for their hard work over the last year. Guys, you have been stellar, that’s the only word for it. You’ve been patient during bug fixes and each determined to bring new feature posts and new interesting content to our readers. You’ve all taught me something new about the blogging art and together proved that a great team is the core of a growing blog.
So in 2013 it will be “onwards and upwards”, I hope and believe. We’ve established a base line in this last quarter since the move to WordPress, halting several years of slow decline in traffic and beginning to get the Agonist back on the blogging map. That in itself is going against the grain of blogging trends, as the big sites suck up more and more traffic, and I’m incredibly proud of the team who delivered this minor miracle.
In the New Year, we’ll be looking to continue that trend, and we’ll be looking to expand the writing team with innovative voices who will bring in-depth and long-form analysis of national and world events. We’ll also look to continue bringing to readers a sufficient mix and quantity of posts so that there will always be something new to read at the Agonist. Juggling those two needs – number of posts and depth of each post – is the bulk of my own work and I’m hoping in the New Year I’ll be able to get back to writing some longer pieces myself. I’ll be here – the boss has said he wants me for at least another year and I’ve happily agreed. The Agonist is dear to me, and I’ll be working hard to make it more successful and deliver more of what you want to read.
Thank you again, from the writing team and myself. May your season be merry and bright.
P.S. For your holiday listening pleasure, check out the Agonist Holiday Jukebox, starting here.