OMG Another Hiatus

Admittedly recent posting inactivity here at heteconomist has given a fair impression of a blogger on holiday, but that was just by accident. There was always the thought that a post might appear some day. Now it is time for an actual hiatus, the third in the blog’s checkered history. Posting activity will ease back to zero (though never to less than zero) for “a while”. Thanks go, as always, to the magnificent commenters, especially the prized regulars. Your services to humanity have been monumental. (Monumental as in “great in importance or extent”, not “what a monumental balls up”.) This notification was withheld for as long as decency could allow in polite circles, but eventually a silence becomes too awkward, a pause too pregnant, and “somebody” cracks under the pressure.

2014 New Year’s Resolution

Yes, you read that correctly. Resolution, singular. The truth is it’s very difficult to get much work done when the rest of you are on holiday. It’s lazy of me, admittedly, but your leisurely high spirits permeate the atmosphere, afflicting even the most industrious of economics bloggers. So, be warned, if it wasn’t already obvious, that the economic content of this post will be near zero. Step off now if frivolity is not your thing.

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Heteconomist Holiday Message 2013

Casting a wary eye over old posts, it became clear that this time last year a tradition in the form of an annual holiday message was launched. For bloggers especially taken with the Christmas/New Year spirit, a launch of this kind might make sense. Otherwise, it is surely unwise. It requires coming up with a message that is more or less the same as last year yet different enough to justify its existence.

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Experimenting With the Blog’s Visual Format

Don’t freak out. I can change back to the previous theme if this one doesn’t work out. In the short term, some of the formatting in posts might be a bit iffy. This will be fixed “soon”, although loyal readers will be aware that heteconomist time to world time is as human years to dog years. Apologies for being slack in responding to recent comments. As you can see, I have been “busy” with the experiment.

The Triennial Heteconomist Report

It’s been about three years since the blog started. Out of curiosity I decided to trundle through the record books to see which posts had fared best in the popularity stakes and how this list compared with my personal favorites. It is not an exact science, as any blogger will be aware. The list is not definitive, although the identity of the top post is obvious. The make-up of the top ten is also fairly clear, but not its ordering. Early posts are disadvantaged, because the blog has obviously grown over time. By the same token, early posts listed on the Posts To Read First page receive a boost. They tend to get a steady but modest flow of readers over time. Anyway, without further ado …

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Hiatus, The Sequel

It’s that time of year again – different from last year – when the keystrokes run low and posts all but cease other than the announcement that heteconomist will be taking a holiday of indefinite duration to rejuvenate. Regulars will be accustomed to such behavior. Their patience and contributions to discussion are always appreciated. Newcomers may find it helpful to consult the pages Posts to Read First, followed either by All Posts By Category or All Posts By Date.

Liberation for Heteconomist

Other than under exceptional circumstances*, I have decided to refrain in future from including links to websites that charge for online access. Considering my core 2013 new year’s resolutions were “If it’s not free, I don’t want it” and “If it pays, I won’t do it”, this should have been my stance months ago. This rule will be applied not only to online newspapers but also academic journals and other websites. As time permits, I will remove old links to pay sites and replace them, if necessary for clarity, with the title of the article or post. I am aware that there are currently ways to get around many of these fees, but I choose to be “inconsolable” on this issue. Information wants to be free.

* Update, 5 October 2013: It took a little under seven months to violate this rule, initially intended as ironclad, so the weasel words “Other than under exceptional circumstances” have been added. “We try to be principled but it’s just not humanly possible,” he said, avoiding their gaze.