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- July 19
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(I founded Open Salon, but am here in spirit only.)
MY RECENT POSTS
- Introducing . . . Salon's new
March 06, 2012 05:15PM
- An Open piece goes viral; a
Salon scoop's backstory
February 21, 2012 07:33PM
- Hit record
February 03, 2012 02:05PM
- Quick survey . . .
December 29, 2011 01:45PM
- UPDATED: Better, faster,
September 27, 2011 10:29AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks! I
The Dodo will
be much more than cute kitty
October 23, 2013 10:46AM
- “Inexpressible joy in
September 03, 2013 05:34PM
- “Beautifully written. I'm
very glad to have caught
though I'm incredibly
July 28, 2013 05:24PM
about Emily: She's to devote
herself to working
June 25, 2012 05:45PM
- “Nope. Paying her for
March 07, 2012 03:53PM
Kerry Lauerman's Links
- MY LINKS
First off: Welcome to all the new members in the past few weeks! With the influx of new members, bloggers and readers, we've had a few persistent questions I wanted to quickly address here:
Why does my activity (blogging, commenting, rating) not always show up in the Activity Feed? … Read full post »
Since it's Wednesday, the day we try to spotlight great true stories, I'd like to alert you to three particular writers using their blogs for compelling, ongoing narratives. There's something special about a well-done blog written in serial form; each time we go back to these three, it's better than… Read full post »
If you enjoyed Mortimer Hayden Smyth's urgent video, "Excited About Sarah Palin!" as much as we did, do us (and him -- and you, when we pick one of your posts) a favor and share it with one of these trusty tags, in the upper righthand corner of his post:… Read full post »
Rob has a very smart post, which sparked a thoughtful comments thread, over here. I was wary of even chiming in, considering how productive it has been without our input. I also don't want anyone to think there is a foolproof way to make it on the cover. But I thought… Read full post »
I'm sure there will be a lot of chatter here tonight about the convention, Palin's speech, Levi's appearance, etc. Here's a ready-made thread for you to call your own -- chat away! This is not meant to dissuade any of you from live-blogging, either. Blog away! We just thought we'd try… Read full post »
This plotline, from her days of Wasilla, is compelling to me -- and surely, the librarians blogging on Open (there are more than a few). It's mentioned briefly in this Time story:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She… Read full post »
This from Reuters:
ST. PAUL, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her ch… Read full post »
Watching the Sunday political shows today it seemed quickly clear that Republicans will use questions about Gov. Sarah Palin's experience to revisit questions about Obama's experience. No surprise there.
I'm more curious, though, to see a side-by-side comparison of Palin's experience with Joe Biden'… Read full post »
Let's share Rob's great Palin primer today.
You know the drill: Digg it, Delicious it, Reddit -- whatever you prefer. Let's help it get a wider audience. Read full post »
If you read and like Saturn Smith's great piece on Meghan McCain's blog on House No. 4, do me (and her -- and you, when we target one of your posts) a favor and "share" it with one of the buttons in the top righthand corner of the page. One of… Read full post »
We know about the mysterious "false" tag added to names in Comments. They'll hopefully disappear shortly.
Bring us your sharpest analysis, your intrepid fact-gathering! We'll be featuring the best convention coverage throughout the week on the Open Cover. And if it's original enough (like Marco Acevedo's stellar debut) you'll make the Salon.com cover, too. You're an eagle-eyed crew -- and yo… Read full post »
We are going to handle advertising in a new way on Open Salon, letting advertisers create their own sponsored profile pages, and offering their own "sponsored calls" -- a variation of the Open Call -- starting discussions and asking for opinions around issues that they have an interest in. They will… Read full post »
Madame Bitch's very excellent post on the real top Olympic winners (http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=11998) is now on the cover of Salon.com.
One more request: Let's test our crowd power and share this post (Reddit, DIGG, etc. -- the little icons at the top right of the blog post) to see if we… Read full post »
In the comments for RCMoya62's fine post on the Olympic-spin contest over medal tallies, Rob St. Amant had a great point about them: "If we were to do it, while still giving a nod to individual performance, I'd suggest that medals per capita is a reasonable measure. That makes Liechtenstein the… Read full post »
It's official. What do you think?
Tag your posts "Biden" -- we'll run a collection of the best throughout the weekend. Read full post »
We'll be keeping an eye on Open in the coming days to catch (and highlight) your thoughts on all the looming big stories. Who is Obama's No. 2? What surprises await in Denver? Can China top those opening ceremonies? Will Don Draper's Brylcreem finally, irrevocably, get mussed?
A note on… Read full post »
A lot of you are chosing "open call" for nearly every one of your posts. This is not really the way it's supposed to work. Open Call posts are responses to the Open Call requests we've posted on the home page of Open Salon. When you automatically select "open call" as… Read full post »
The following four posts all made appearances on the Salon.com cover in the past 24 hours:
David's Woah, I’m Fighting Someone!
Matt's Suicide Rough Drafts
Congrats and, of course, thanks! Read full post »
Apologies to those of you who received the unrequested, and creepy, spam message from one "tinalife." We're moving to install a few more preventative steps to keep the pests out in the future, but don't hesitate to let me know if they return.
In the little over a week since we first started promoting Open regularly on the cover of Salon (say, thanks Joan!) we've doubled our membership, (just under 3,000), a quarter of which is regularly blogging some, commenting or rating. We've also been spotlighting about a post a day… Read full post »
UPDATE: This bug should be fixed. Let us know if you still can't respond to emails.
Just an alert: Many of you won't be able to reply to messages you receive in your Inbox. We know about the problem and are working on it. Thanks a… Read full post »
We've had some outstanding blogging on the Russia/Georgia crisis. We would love to find a blogger who could give us some firsthand observations and reports, so if you've stumbled upon any who are great, let us know, in the comments below and we will reach out. Or, of course, send an… Read full post »
During the men's gymnastics team final Monday night, NBC's commentators expressed exasperation with a seemingly light-hearted Japanese squad. When gymnast Koki Sakamoto vaulted out of bounds -- and reacted with a sheepish grin -- an irritated Tim Daggett complained that he wasn't showing enough rever… Read full post »
Thanks for your patience today; the surge of new readers has given our servers the hiccups. Sorry for the slowness -- we're straightening it out.
If you're brand new to Open Salon, here's a brief primer right here (and a more detailed explanation here). Short description: free social/blog network.… Read full post »