Ok, so I'll admit the word "blog" still bugs me. I was running a "weblog" style personal home page back in 1995 or so, and TR has been aroundwith a weblog-style front pagesince well before the word "blog" really gained any currency. But I've also got to admit that the word "blog" conveys something specific we wanted to capture with this new feature at TR, which is that this space on the site is both more personal and less formal than what we're doing elsewhere. I'm proud of the standards we've established for our big hardware reviews and daily news, but measuring every word you write can be more than a little constraining at times. My rambling "Etc." posts on the front page have allowed me to indulge in some occasional informal writing, but I've found myself wanting to indulge more often and at more length. Some of the other guys on staff have expressed similar yearnings, and so TR Blogs was born. We hope to use this feature to communicate better with you guys, scratch the informal writing itch, and perhaps even offer quick-take assessments of interesting stuff that we don't have time to review in more depth.
You can find the blogs for various TR staff members indexed on our main blogs page. This page is still a work in progress, so let me explain how to navigate it. The page lists each of the blogs in descending chronological order, with a logo for each blog and a snippet from the newest post. Click the logo to go to that person's blog page, where you'll see all of the entries in his blog, or click the headline to just see that single post in full. All of this made sense to us when we built it, but now, at the eleventh hour, looks oddly tough to navigate. We'll be cleaning up this main blog index page shortly to make navigation clearer.
For the record, here's a list of the blogs we have now with a quick description of each:
You'll notice that blogs are tied into our spiffy "jazz" threaded discussion system, which should be familiar territory for most of you. We also have an RSS feed for blogs that you can add as a Live Bookmark in Firefox or use via any other reader. It's right here. You'll also see a list of recent blog entries on the front page of the site, front and center, to make things very easy to find.
I think that's about it for now. We don't often actually stop making articles around here long enough to do something crazy like, well, make a new type of article. Let's hope this little experiment works out well.
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