psi_chemie wrote:I'm not sure what the issue is. A monthly HTML post in the update section of the website does not seem like a great difficulty compared to maintaining a blog or something else.
The problem is that we frequently delay distribution of timely information, waiting to include it in the next update which may be weeks or months away (articles also frequently get cut completely b/c of this). Moreover, the "monthly" updates have just gotten too large and it is difficult for us to publish them on a regular schedule, given the day to day demands on the three of us. There's a lot more to keeping Monarch Watch afloat than most people realize, especially since only two of us are full time MW staff and the third is spread so thin across several programs that there just isn't much time for Monarch Watch.
A blog-type format would allow us to post articles (likely smaller and more informal) several time a month - so that up-to date news is really up-to-date and not weeks or months old. It would give us a way to share more of what's going on in the world of monarchs and Monarch Watch and to engage Monarch Watchers more frequently, which would hopefully generate more exposure and support for our program.
The articles will be archived in such a way that if people want to wait to read everything posted in a given month they can do that. We will also be able to send out some sort of email notification of either new article postings or simple a monthly "reminder" to check out what's been written.
This is very much a work in progress and we appreciate any and all input (keep those comments coming) - thanks and please stay tuned!