Posted by Dave on May 28, 2010 | 4 Comments
It’s been a good four-month run, but I’ve decided to end my experiment with The Daily Monthly. There have been some tremendously satisfying moments in this process, but in the end, there were too many problems with the model to make it sustainable.
Originally, I was hoping that each month’s topic would evolve into a story, that each day’s post would add depth and layers of understanding to the narrative. In some ways, that worked, but I’ve never been really happy at the end of a month with what I’ve produced. Perhaps that’s because I chose topics that were so open-ended that it was difficult to come to a satisfying conclusion, but I think it has more to do with the limitations of the format.
The very title of this blog indicates that there will be something new every day, and with each month, we’ll move on to another topics. In real life, narratives don’t work that way. Some days are slow, and some days have tremendous revelations. Some topics can be covered in a month, and some can be covered in a week. Some might not be adequately addressed in a lifetime.
That said, I think there’s some neat stuff on this blog, and so I’ll try to keep it up and functioning. I’ll continue to allow commenting, spam permitting. If you haven’t checked out all the topics, I encourage you to do so. There is some compelling stuff in each month’s coverage:
In case that seems a little too overwhelming, here are some of the most-notable posts:
AIDS in America
- What does it mean to be “Overpopulated”?
- Population optimism: A global eco-techno-utopia
- What is the impact of strict population control?
- How much does exercise affect health?
- Can my new iPad help me live longer? (update)
- A day at McDonalds vs a day on DASH
- Spinning ellipses perplex the visual system
- Best illusion of the year 2010
- The hollow mask gets a nose ring!
At this point, I don’t have a plan for what’s next. I’ll probably take a couple months off from daily blogging, and then we’ll just have to see.