Might as well start here. The scanner is gone, baby, gone. We’ve lived without it for a few weeks now on CDN and, while we miss getting some of the little bits of important news on the site and, yeah, the entertainment value, we’re doing fine without it. We saw the comments from scanner fans and appreciate how much you valued it. Traffic to the site has actually been higher without the daily posts. But I’m not here to kick you, scanner. We still need you and you did a great job. We just can’t spend the time to listen to your updates. There’s news to cover.
Now that we got that off our chest, CDN is sheepishly offering up its second ‘open thread’ (here’s the first — thanks for the nice notes!) since taking on this new responsibility. The first weeks have seen a lot of good and some less good but the information flow is up and running. Beyond most of my jokes bombing so far on the site, I worry with all the boundary news that some of you won’t have faith that this Capitol Hill carpetbagger knows where the CD *is* and some of you might be partly right. But anyway, here’s hoping for a bunch of good, interesting, nobody-gets-hurt news right in the heart of things. Here’s also hoping for more and more of you to get involved with the site. We’ve already got Lisa, Tom and, soon, LIz in the mix as well as the great community posts we’ve been getting. Can you help, too? Send me mail if you’d like to come on as a contributor.
We also need to give these people things to write about. CDN has an editorial planning calendar that is still pretty flimsy. This is a spectacular time to wield your influence on the site and give us some inspirational coverage ideas. Go brainstorm style and give us a list. Or just let us know which areas — geographic or coverage topics — we should focus on. You can even tell us how much you love the scanner. Again.
Hopefully the result of all this is a continued increase in interesting news and information on the site. And fewer open threads :)