Seasons Greetings

seasons-greetings 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.

Warmest regards,


P.S. For your holiday listening pleasure, check out the Agonist Holiday Jukebox, starting here.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • Whatever the official justification and rationale from on high for today being a special day, the common folk over the centuries have gotten their hands on it and made it significant, even if they didn’t always clearly understand what they were doing. Aside from the religious and the festive, the true significance is that it resonates with something deep inside us: a hope when the world seems hopeless; an unconscious or dimly-felt and often-suppressed recognition of our common humanity; a bone-deep desire for peace, peace, peace.

    Whatever your beliefs may be, may your day be filled with peace and love and serve as a motivator for the new year.

  • Steve,

    As a daily visitor to this web site, I want to reinforce what an outstanding job you’ve done in maintaining the same high level of quality and thoughtfulness that Sean Paul set years ago, and I also want to express my appreciation for the entire volunteer staff and all the regular contributors. My life has made it difficult to contribute as much as I’d like, but I hope this may change as I attempt to start phasing in retirement over the next year or so.

    Many thanks to all for keeping honest and insightful discourse alive.

  • Total agreement in comments already made – excellent work seen here daily!

    To bring us back to the things of the season that make our eyes wet: CNN had a story about a little girl in Sandy Hook who called Santa (NORAD)to ask if presents can be delivered to Heaven.

    My 5 year old granddaughter wrote a letter to Santa asking if he could bring her mommy back for just one day. (My daughter died when the little one was 8 mo).

    The faith of children, the unconditional love and ability to give, humbles me. A tragedy of life is what we lose as we grow.

    For all here, I wish full hearts and bellies, faces aching from smiling, and a touch of that innocence we all knew as children.

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