You may have noticed that things have changed a bit here at Irregular Times today. The look of our web site has changed a bit, as has the content. So what’s going on?
As Jim explained earlier this month, we’ve been having problems with the company that bought out our previous hosting company. First, Jumpline purposefully slowed down Irregular Times without telling us they were doing it. Then, they started taking Irregular Times periodically, with no warning. To our regular readers, we apologize for these frustrating problems.
Now, we can share the good news: Irregular Times has a new host, and so we’re leaving the Jumpline problems behind us. We’re working with a company called A Small Orange, and so far, it’s going smoothly. Besides a smoother experience for you, our readers, an additional benefit to working with A Small Orange is environmental: The company not only uses energy efficient technologies, but also purchases renewable energy certificates to fund the development of sustainable energy sources.
We have decided, while we’re making the shift to our new host, to place a greater emphasis on our newer material. That means that we’re pruning some of our older articles. Irregular Times has been online since 1995, and we’re figuring that people probably aren’t going to be looking for our writing on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, or Bill Clinton’s second presidential campaign.
Moving forward, with the experience we’ve gained with online politics, we’re considering making Irregular Times more dynamic, offering readers opportunities to become more active… as in activism. We’re looking at platforms we can use to develop and encourage liberal political activism. We need to do more than just talk about important issues, so we’ll be experimenting with these platforms in the weeks to come, while continuing what we’ve always done, providing an aggressively independent political voice with an irregular bent.
If you’ve got ideas about what you’d like Irregular Times to do, or to not do, in these times of change, please let us know.