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Cover the South Like the DewThe Dew is Back in the South.
During this past month, we migrated LikeTheDew.com from free shared web servers in Vancouver to our own high speed server in Houston. We now have a virtual distribution network that mirrors LikeTheDew.com on web servers closest to you no matter where you are in the world. It has been painful. We have had site issues and problems. We believe most are behind us. Please continue to let us know if you experience problems on the site so we can get them fixed quickly.

Your Morning Dews is Back.
For the last couple of months, we’ve had awful email newsletter issues. Anyone reading this has had days without the Dew and days with three copies of it. We have given up on the old program and trashed it. A new Dewsletter launched Sunday, which immediately went out twice (sorry). Once we master the settings, we expect this software can give us, and you, consistent performance. More flexibility for us. Easier subscribe/unsubscribe. Automatic bounce handling. We are dewing away with per post (Breaking Dews), weekly and monthly subscriptions – all have been converted to Your Morning Dews, which will be published most days.

Dew and Improved.
You may have noticed the “Show/hide more stories” button below each section of our home page – if you haven’t clicked them, they are pretty cool. Click once and five more recent stories are revealed. Click a second time and they are again hidden. This is just one example of dozens of layout changes we have made on the Dew to simplify our look and, hopefully, improve your experience. (Note: this feature has been disabled dew to unpopularity)

We redesigned our recommended “Reading” section. It is back to the top right of the home page. Now when you mouseover a story, you will see an excerpt of the story. Click it and you’ll be taken to the full content on the original site. You’ll also notice a “New” button on some stories – this indicates it was published in the past 24 hours. Recommended reading is created each day by Keith Graham, Ron Taylor and LikeTheDew.com reader who suggested stories. They scour the web to find you the some of the most provocative, best written or important stories of the day. Take a look.

We re-engineered our “DewTubes” with technology that now allows us to present videos from almost any site on the web – YouTube, Comedy Central, Vimeo, MSNBC, etc. When you click on a video, they immediate play without going to a new page. DewTubes are created by user suggestions and my bias surfing – I love to get your suggestions.

We improved and updated our News & Opinion Feeds. If you haven’t seen them lately, take a look. There are about 10,000 stories on these pages – organized by state or subject (politics, business, cause, food, writing, and more) from news and opinion sites. Just like our recommended reading, when you mouseover, you’ll see an excerpt of the story. When you click, you’ll go to the original site. It is a wonderful way to preview the news quickly and keep up with what’s going around the South. Let us know if there are sites, which you feel should be included.

We hope you like what we’ve been dewing. In the months to come, we plan more changes, including an update the Mini Dew Reviews (similar to posting on a Facebook wall, only easier and more relevant).

What You Can Dew.
Continue reading LikeTheDew and commenting. Submit a story. Click on an older story from an author who’s not posted in a while and email them or comment with a message that they have been missed. Click the “share” button (end of each story) and suggest it to your friends and associates via email, Facebook and the like. If you aren’t already, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and other social sites on the web.

Visit our DewShops before you go shopping at Amazon, eBay, Walmart, TigerDirect, Travelocity, Macy’s, OfficeDepot, PrintPlace, iTunes, Zappos, green and fair trade merchants, and dozens of other internet stores who have agreed to give LikeTheDew.com a small commission when you click a link on our site and complete a purchase. It won’t cost you anything more. The Dew is an all volunteer, almost no revenue site, trying to cover expenses – it could help us a lot. We also have a donation button at the bottom of each page.

Thanks for bearing with us and for reading. You are why we dew what we dew.

Keep your friends close & family closer

Defriend on FacebookI defriended my cousin on Facebook. My father’s mother’s brother’s son. I feel bad about it, but he had stepped over the virtual line we had drawn by posting another pseudo-political diatribe/comment on my wall.

My cousin’s belief system has little room for fact and he has found that Facebook is the perfect pulpit for his sputem-stained dogma. Please don’t misunderstand, I have tremendous respect and admiration for people of faith – especially, religious faith, faith in aliens, faith in spouses, children, the dollar – that sort of thing. I really don’t think it is any of my business what someone believes that makes them happy or provides them the peace or comfort we all need to get through this life. Shoot, at appropriate times, I even think it might be wonderful when they share their life’s experience in the context of faith. I actually believe a couple things, too.

However, I do have a problem with people who pick fights on my Facebook wall, in front of my virtual friends and family, and lie, misrepresent, subvert and attempt to recruit others into drinking the cult tea of faith-cloaked narcissistic xenophobic ignorance, hatred and racism. It’s perfectly ok to be stupid, but keep it to yourself or share it quietly with people of a similar dementia. And for goodness sakes, don’t publicly embarrass the whole family after we have all spent a lifetime trying to hide our variations of bat shit crazy.

My cousin’s mom and dad were two of the kindest and enlightened people I have known. They were conservative when that label had nothing to do with politics – they were humble, loving and devoted. My cousin’s dad spent his working life as a government social worker – giving up better pay for the service of people. At least on Facebook, my cousin is an arrogant self-righteous sociopath.

I used to meet my cousin’s dad for coffee at Carpenter Brothers’ drug store where we’d talk and laugh about the news and politics. My cousin listens to talk radio, parrots it on Facebook and has no visible sense of humor.

For years, I tried to pretend his rants were a sophisticated, but twisted form of satire. That I could learn about this strange side of America who believes our President is not a citizen; a practicing Muslim, as if that mattered; both a socialist and a fascist; has a goal to bankrupt the country to achieve some unknown goal somehow related to illegal immigration; unregulated greed is better than equal protection; that democracy has been subverted when their candidate loses; that there can be simplistic solutions to solve complicated problems; and success is an indication of your favor with god while kindness, respect and understanding are abominations.

I had turned down his volume as low as Facebook allows, what was I to do, poke him?

Dew Survey Results

Q1DewPieLast month, the Dew conducted our first site survey — a pretty comprehensive attempt to learn what you like, don’t like or want to see more of. More than 100 readers, roughly 8% of our Dewsletter subscribers, took the time to complete the survey. Thank you. Your feedback will be the basis for decisions shaping the Dew in the months to come.

Here are some highlights of what we learned:

  1. We’re doing pretty well:  97% said their overall experience was good to excellent. The Dew also received high marks for overall design, navigation, type size, loading speed, ease of login and the Dewsletter.
  2. Favorite categories were:
    1. Talk of the South
    2. Portraits; Scenes
    3. Recommended Reading
    4. Politics
  3. Least favorite categories were:
    1. Videos
    2. Dewings
    3. Play
  4. 62.4% of you found us through referral of a friend.
  5. 93.1% of you have shared the Dew with a friend or colleague, but only 39.4% used our sharing buttons to do so.
  6. 63.3% of you have posted a comment on a story on the Dew.
  7. 67% of you are active on Facebook; 29.3% on LinkedIn; 25.3% on YouTube; 12.1% on Twitter;  7.1% on Shutterfly and 5.1% on Flickr.
  8. 89.2% read the Dew at home.
  9. 56.4% of you read the Dew everyday and 35.6% read the Dew 2-3 times a week.
  10. 63.6% of you spend more than 10 minutes reading the Dew each time you visit.
  11. 70.3% of you are age 55+.
  12. 58.4 % are employed full time (27.7% self-employed) and 30.7% have retired.
  13. Your passions:
    1. Reading (94.1%)
    2. Writing (57.8%)
    3. Food (56.9%)
    4. Travel (51.0%)
    5. Politics (51.0%)
    6. Arts (47.1%)
    7. History (42.2%)
    8. Music (39.2%)
    9. Movies (34.3%)
    10. Family (30.4%)
    11. Heath/Exercise (29.4%)
    12. Community (29.4%)
    13. Volunteerism/Cause (27.5%)
    14. Environment (27.5%)
    15. Pop Culture (22.5%)
    16. Television (22.5%)
    17. Religion (17.6%)
    18. Beer (17.6%)
    19. Education (15.7%)
    20. Sports (15.7%)
    21. Shopping (11.8%)
  14. 86.2% consider yourselves “Southern.”
  15. Politically, you consider yourselves:
    1. Left (42.2%)
    2. Left leaning (21.6%)
    3. Moderate (19.6%)
    4. Right leaning (2.9%)
    5. Right (0%)
    6. Non-political, apolitical or not into labels (13.8%)
  16. Chosen alternative political labels:
    1. Democrat
    2. Liberal
    3. Progressive
    4. Green
    5. Ultra-Liberal
    6. Independent
    7. Populist
    8. Socialist
    9. Libertarian
    10. Tie of Republican and Anarchists.
  17. 65% of you are interested in writing stories for the Dew and 49% of you are interested in helping in other ways (we’ll be in touch).
  18. Of the questions asked only of Dew writers:
    1. 70.3% plan to submit 1 story this month; 18.9% plan to submit 2-4 and 8.1% plan to submit 5-10 stories.
    2. You are generally in favor of a writers’ forum, but aren’t terribly excited about it.
    3. 73.2% would like to receive story ideas (note to readers: on our writers’ page, most list their email address — write them with your ideas).
    4. Most don’t care about customized pages (those who do, will get them).
    5. Their motivations for writing for the Dew (in order): To share information/experiences; to be a part of this community; writing is their passion; to be heard and make a difference; it’s fun; followed by the rest.
    6. On what should be the Dew’s business model: 93.3% said to either operate as a writer coop (selling ads & sponsorships) or go non-profit (seeking grants & contributions) — note to readers: please comment.

Actual comments:

Comment on your overall experience with LikeTheDew

  • I look forward to getting my feed of the Dew every day.
  • The thoughtful perspective on life in our nation and our region is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the rancid political debate.
  • Wonderful stories and memories.
  • I look forward to reading the freshest stuff, and often dig deeper to make sure I haven’t missed anything. You guys ought to be able to make money with this.
  • Great way to start the morning.  Even if it makes me late for work sometimes.
  • The quality is top-notch. It’s nice to look at, informative and entertaining. I heard about it from some frends and now I’m spreading the word.
  • Enjoy reading and ability to comment.
  • Of all the Web sites spawned, at least in part, by the collapse of the AJC and other local media, LikeTheDew is easily the best. You guys have got at least the beginnings of a winning form of journalists and writers in the state and for that matter the region.
  • For the most part the articles are so interesting and definitely well-written.  And the chosen topics are always fun — as someone else said, the Dew is a great way to start the day.
  • A mixed bag, as it should be, I guess — some excellent, purposeful, inspiring articles … And some rants and pointless memoir-ish stuff.
  • High class material, fits the title, a good one.
  • It’s introduced and reintroduced me to the kind of Atlanta journalists I’d heard so much about growing up in Tallahassee and wanted to join as an adult.
  • I really enjoy the writing.  Yeah, I know, a silly thing to say, but these days, the quality of writing seems to be headed down to a deep, dark valley faster than I’d ever imagined possible. Of course, I’m terrified of rollercoasters, so my imagination may be limited, but still!
  • With the death of daily newspaper (delivery at least), I have been lusting for the written word. The Dew helps solve my problem.
  • I’m addicted to The Dew. Can’t live without it.
  • I’m very proud that Southerners are doing this, especially now, when journalism seems to be in decline. I’ve shared it with people who live around the country and sometimes share pieces on Facebook. My friends and I often check in with each other about pieces you’ve published.
  • I like being able to get more information than I’m currently getting from the AJC and I’m getting it in a more-comfortable format.
  • A good mixture of politics with Southern culture and history. However, ALL columnists should be required to use their actual name (that means you, Piney Woods!). I look forward to more stories on environmental issues such as water quality and availability.
  • I love the writing, the design, the mix of stories, the authors. My only suggestion is this: I like to print out various stories to take home and read after work. But instead of just getting the story, I get pages of other stuff. I don’t like wasting all that paper, but I don’t want to read the articles on line.
  • I like the regional approach to news and events.
  • I’ve appreciated the opportunity to read good writing once again.
  • Intelligent, articulate, funny, just a great read.
  • Not only do I thoroughly enjoy the  writing, I have encouraged several friends to subscribe and they have each told me how much they enjoy it.
  • As a fledgling new author, I REALLY appreciate the opportunity to have a book excerpt published on The Dew. But there is almost too much to absorb on a daily basis — so I subscribe to the weekly feed.
  • Love the writing.  Such a pleasure to begin my day with articles that do not  force feed me everything depressing that is going on in the world.
  • I dew love it. I look forward to receiving it each morning. Thankful that my daughter clued me in to it.
  • Love the dew, but would like to see a little less “nostalgia” pieces and more writing that reflects the here and now.
  • It’s a must read every morning, or late night before, as soon as I can move it from Junk Mail, which I’ve not figured out how to prevent its going into daily.
  • I love the stories about times gone by. Or any funny stories.
  • Never heard of it until now, but with 2 of my friends involved, It has to be GREAT. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, like the dew, don’t ya know, as my Grandmother used to say, don’t ya know.
  • Most welcome online whateveritis I’ve seen yet … when you’re ready to start charging for a subscription, I’ll be willing. Btw, Food & Drink would usually be my least favorite of anything, but I enjoy the quirky directions you’ve taken it.
  • The comments are always thoughtful and have often led me back to articles I may have missed or (heavens!) glossed over in haste. I enjoy all of the categories, just not all of the time. Don’t drop any on my say-so.
  • Love love love it when I have time to read it.
  • Excellent site with excellent commentary by a wide array of talented writers.
  • The variety of articles means there are many I’m not interested in but many I am. I like the different voices/authors. Reading a short blurb on Screen 1 and then clicking through if I want more is an easy to use device.
  • My only problem is that there is SO much good stuff!
  • The writing is always beautifully written, passionate, thought provoking and clever.
  • Like the Dew is an online publication that I’m glad to receive, and plan to get into the daily issues with greater concentration. So far I’ve been a front page scanner, but that is going to change. You all do a terrific service in getting writers around to readers. Such a good thing. Makes us a small town.
  • Content is great. Organization is a problem. I can’t always tell what stories are the most recent.
  • A publication must stand behind its writers and what is published.  Hysterical readers should not cause an editor to apologize for running a piece.
  • I like the variety and the good writing.
  • The fact that you’re doing this survey is testament to the good work behind the site.
  • Love the dew u can write dude…lol. I never knew how entertaining u really are. U should have ur own reality show and become a millionaire. But really love your writing style, ur wit and ballze approach to life. Hell instead of making lemons into lemonade u smash the f— out of them. Tell it like it is … just dew it!
  • I like the variety of topics … never know what I’m going to get each day.
  • Haven’t been a member all that long but I enjoy  reading The Dew most every morning.  Some of the political pieces are a little liberal for my taste, but heck I’m an open-minded kind of gal and that’s just the nature of politics.  But what I LOVE most of all is the southernness of the site and that is the thread that pulls the readership together; there’s something here for everyone, that is, if you’re Southern!  I fought being Southern for a long time in my younger days, but fortunately I wised up and came to fully love and embrace this region, which has no equal.  Good thing I did because it wouldn’t let me go.  I’ve turned a number of people on to your site, many of whom have related that they’re now addicted.  Keep up the good work.
  • It looks like a lot of work. Some stories are excellent. Others aren’t so good, but I basically like the mix and the idea of having writers of all different skill levels. I wish more progressives would contribute political articles. I worry about the long-term viability of depending on long-form essays and think some shorter items might help the energy. I also worry about finding enough new writers to keep it going.
  • Ever since the stewardess story I rarely open your emails.
  • Like the diversity of stories, personal to politics, food to fiction … all very nicely done, good reads.
  • I appreciate having the opportunity to share my work with so many fine writers.
  • Entries are entertaining, insightful, thought-provoking..sometimes all three at the same time.

Comments suggesting a story category you would like added

  • Can I list them all as favorites?  I tried to put some categories as good when they are ones I may have less interest in, but that was hard. I enjoy the writing so much that the categories don’t seem to matter.
  • Travel around the South, interesting out of the way places.
  • I’ve enjoyed so many great contributions, but for me the categories are a mystery. No way to pick a favorite. On any given day, any category might be a winner or a whiner. Rethinking the categories might bring some needed order to the site. And searching the categories with speed — on my PC, very slow loading. I give up.
  • I would like to read more from southern black folk like myself … we seem to be missing from the Dew … guess i need to start writing for the newsletter myself … other than feeling like a major southern voice is missing, i like it.
  • Political satire at its best!
  • Whatever happened to … those writers we loved who seem to have disappeared.
  • It seems like some of the categories could be combined: Arts & Reviews? Southern Scenes & Portraits? Clicking what’s a favorite and what’s good … when I come to the Dew I’m really a browser. I find I land mostly on political and food stories, but I browse and randomly enjoy many.
  • Perhaps a series of pictures of the disappearing south? Or just interesting things around the region? Not a column, really, just a slice of life.
  • To be honest I don’t keep track of which stories appear in the various “columns” above — for me it’s about the content and perspective of a particular story.
  • Someone/anyone who might have contrary or conservative views. The Dew is predictable, the worst thing any publication can be.
  • I still fear that we have more categories than we can sustain and content stays on the home page too long. Basically the site is about two broad categories, “culture” and “politics.” Separating “Food and Drink” from other “culture” probably still makes sense. “Dew reviews” was a good idea, but we haven’t sustained it and should probably just put those stories in arts or food. “Shared” should be more bloglike. Maybe Scenes and Portraits should be combined.
  • Perhaps a revival or reformatting of ” shared” so as to elicit short contributions from less polished contributors- — “on the top of my mind” or “look what ran through my mind” or “ideas in search of an article” or “in 50 words or less” or “random thoughts (could be upon editor’s e-mailed invitation)” or some way to solicit less formal compositions. Also, search out some Eisenhower/Goldwater moderate to contribute (the lunacy of the republican coup de radiopuke needs thoughtful challenge).

Comment regarding other thoughts about the LikeTheDew web site

  • Loads a little slow, but that just may be Safari. I just tried Firefox because of a Facebook problem, so I’ll see if it loads faster on Firefox.  Love the site. It’s a solid and straightforward design. Anything else would probably detract from the content.
  • Loading the “rest of the stories” frequently freezes the computer or throws you out of the site.
  • I have very slow satellite internet and videos are too frustrating to load and watch. If I could get DSL, I’d enjoy them.
  • I don’t play many, if any, videos from any site, so it’s nothing personal!
  • Don’t care for the dew logo, can’t explain why.
  • You done good.
  • Speed usually seems to be related to time of day. Since I usually check the site between 6-7 in the am, speed isn’t a problem. Around noon, it’s slower, but that’s usually due to service, not the website per se.
  • I’ve never used it, just read the inbound emails.
  • Design is excellent as are re-aggregating features. Might be more ambitious a design than the content merits. Simplifying by combining categories might make sense.
  • Need page 3 girl (could be g-rated and even include babies and dogs — also a way to reward thoughtful suggestions with a t-shirt without reliance on the luck of a drawing wait, wait … i can purchase one, sorry, i forgot

What other web sites do you frequent

  • CNN, AJC.com, NYT, Facebook, Huffington Post
  • Ajc.com occasionally
  • Thinksouth.org, nytimes.com, statehousereport.com, thestate.com, postandcourier.com, wikipedia.com
  • Nytimes, sadly out of habit the ajc.com, bbc, jerusalem post
  • Ajc.com, yahoo news, online athens, and many entertainment and sports sites
  • NYTimes.com, SI.com, Slate.com, ESPN. com
  • NYT, AJC, Washington Post, Google, Poets.Org, all fairly regularly; Politico and Huffington Post occassionally; many others when referenced to them
  • NYT, Politico, Salon, CNN, AJC, CL, Culture Monster
  • Ebay (sigh…); several animal blogs — PsychoKitty Speaks Out is my favorite; readlarrypowell.com; unclebarky.com; Attack of the Redneck Mommy (who is in Canada … what’s wrong with that picture?!); Rearranged Design; Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans; Daily Coyote; Not Always Right …
  • Nytimes.com, tnr.com, slate.com
  • Facebook, google, nytimes,
  • NYTimes.com, AJ-C digital edition
  • Facebook, EBay and lots and lots of blogs
  • Mostly news but some music
  • Dailybeast.com, politico.com, nyt.com, ajc.com, atlanta unplugged, various blogs
  • Washington Post; AJC when I can navigate it okay; Prairie Home Companion, NPR; Six Sentences, Pandora.com
  • NY Times headlines, ajc.com, weather.com, links to other web sites from these sites, as well as Facebook.
  • New York Times, Amazon, Ebay, The Daily Beast
  • Politico, wrightandleftreport, wonkette, huffington post
  • Facebook, Amazon, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and I watch various TV programs via the internet.
  • Viscerality.com, salon.com, cnbc.com, fitsnews.com, nytimes.com, Cnet.com, wired.com, scribd.com
  • Cnn, blogs (friends), msnbc, food network
  • Too many to list … hit at least 50 routinely every day
  • This is wonderful reading. Much of it reminds me of the best of the old Journal and Constitution. Celestine and Lewis would be proud!
  • Ajc.com, major southern newspaper sites
  • Blogs, research sites, magazines online, all kinds of news
  • BBC, Romenesko, ajc, NYT, Facing South, Huffington Post, etc.
  • Wall street journal; msnbc; yahoonews
  • Daily beast
  • Ajc.com, msnbc.com,  nytimes.com. most newssites
  • Facebook.com; Columbus Ledger-Enquirer; Richard Hyatt’s Columbus

Comments on the Dewsletter

  • I enjoy the diversity.
  • Love it!
  • More minority voices
  • I was getting it every day — and it stopped. Why?
  • I enjoy the wide variety.
  • Sending the Dewsletter plus individual stories can be annoyingly repetitive.
  • Date comments on day made!!!
  • Favorite story was Seabrook’s about trees
  • If you let readers limit what they see, they never expand their horizons. The newsletter is a good teaser, and I’ve read articles based on that that I would not have read otherwise. At the same time, guess it would be okay if I could rearrange the listing of sections, putting Sports last, for instance, in my case.
  • I would like to see a generalized comment page for Like The Dew, where we could express something that isn’t really a full article, but more a brief thought that might be Dew-worthy. Like “Letters To The Editor,” someone has something to say and this is the best place to say it.
  • I’m not sure what this is so I guess I don’t subscribe but the survey made me answer or else I did something wrong.  Other answer could be that I don’t know the difference?
  • Writers feel possessive about the Dew. It us us; it is our voices. Let’s not use all the space to talk to each other.
  • You should have a section for Southern fiction.
  • Would this be a good way to throw out daily or weekly lists of stories we’d like to see someone write?
  • There are copious ideas concerning improvement, however, with all Dew respect,  i aint had time to cipher on it that long and when an idea comes up (hey, i got one) maybe  a box to check eliciting — or is it soliciting the idea — yeah, i know there’s a place suggestions or comments — but maybe some way to pull opinions from those who aintzackly letter to editor writers — told you i aint had time, but i like the contest thing — hey maybe free tickets (which could be kinda a running joke since the tickets would be free already or unnecessary and in fact could highlight an arts or civic event, or even help a struggling gourmet restaurant or cool shoeshine kiosk)

Other ideas about ways you can help LikeTheDew

  • If there are specific things that I could do I would be very willing to do so.
  • I don’t know what ‘social marketing’ is and the expression makes me feel old. Same for the exploding number of social web sites, or whatever they are called … I can’t imagine how people would waste their time on Twitter.
  • I will be re-locating back east soon. I am sure I will have more ideas once I am again shopping at the Piggly Wiggly.
  • I’ve got a fulltime newspaper gig still (for now anyway), and they’d probably throw a hissy fit if I wrote elsewhere. Triple sigh …
  • I share it with every person I think would be interested. Have gotten lots of thanks from friends and family who enjoy it as much as I do.
  • I can come to all the parties.
  • These boxes are way too far away from the descriptions for aging eyes. Are there little blue dots connecting them? I can’t really tell.  A couple of categories up, I intended to click “history.” I may in fact have hit “shopping.” But I’m confident that after your experiences with focus groups at the AJC you won’t take these results too seriously.
  • Staying at a distance and offering unwanted and unwelcome ideas about moderating the tone of The Dew.
  • Wish i could do more to be useful but working more than full time for the moment…
  • Under passions listed were only wine and beer — no liquor or other attitude adjusters (legal of course,  somewhere at least)
  • I don’t really know what relationship initiatives is but it sounded so racy I had to check it.

Other suggestions to customize your story pages

  • I think unfettered posting by writers will erode the quality. I don’t know how much control is needed — or how to manage a review process. But I do not favor unfettered posting by more than a hardcore group of involved writers/editors.
  • I guess I’m revealing myself as something of a Luddite. I don’t really know what much of this means, but most of it sounds quite unattractively self-promoting. My reaction here is probably one reason I’m unemployed and fading into grumpy old age.
  • This survey could have been formatted and written much better.
  • Would prefer not to see the site become a clear fund raising tool for everyone’s individual causes … that could be a turn off if it becomes blatant.
  • When i grow up i would like to be a writer, not necessarily professionally; but i aint there nor nowhere near there so if i wuzta post more often it would need to be known i’d been goaded.
  • I would like to receive story ideas, which doesn’t necessarily mean I would like to write story ideas.

Other suggestions on how LikeTheDew.com should be structured going forward

  • Don’t know enough about the business models, but don’t merge with other sites!!!
  • Keep it as is, for now, then re-think it in the next year or so. Who knows, big money may be out there!
  • I like the idea of a writer co-op, but don’t exactly understand how it would work. I would support any way to help the founders and the writers make a living.
  • The dew has its own flavor … let it marinate to find its way.
  • This is something I’ve given a fair amount of thought to and actually done a little research on.  I think there’s an opportunity to take what you’ve got and build a solid non-profit business.  That doesn’t mean you can’t make a living at it, nor does it mean you can’t charge for the product.  Both The Nation and Harper’s are non-profit.  The truth of the matter is that this approach is closer (in my view) to the original spirit of American journalism than the predominant (and now failing) model.  You need to look into this some more.
  • Going nonprofit or organizing as a co-op are interesting ideas for a site that has a defined purpose and identity. Do we have that?
  • If someone has a creative way to involve the peculiar qualities of the Internet in advertising, it could be a great success.
  • Whatever way will keep it going.
  • I don’t really have an opinion. I do know that the current business model is probably unsustainable. The people who run and operate it will lose interest eventually if they are not reasonably well compensated. Perhaps you should focus on using it as a gateway for writers and owners of private sites to drive viewers to their sites. I am not sure how you monetize that service but you could do it through ads if your readership has the right demographics. monetize that service but you could do it through ads if your readership has the right demographics.
  • I’d love it if somebody really would pay you a million bucks for it.
  • Rupert Murdoch says he’s going to charge for online news content by mid-2010, for ALL his sites worldwide. PricewaterhouseCoopers says 2011 will be a turning point for the future of online news business models, given the fall-out of Murdoch’s plan among his businesses and competitors, among other reasons. In my typical Southern stance, I’d hate for this site to “merge with other sites.” Alternately, I’m not sure where you’d get capital to “go for the big dough.”
  • The innocence and lack of a business model are part of what make it appealing to me.  of course i know there is a lot of work going into it and those folks should be compensated, I’m sure!
  • I believe the current model is make it so popular the money comes to the site all by itself, but i’m sure it could get expensive at some point, so i wuntbe offended if axed for contributions

Anything you would like to add

  • Keep up the good work. It’s been a joy to be on your team.
  • I’m really glad you are out there. It’s more comforting than you know.
  • As you can see,  I didn’t answer some of the questions. Sorry, I didn’t feel were applicable and some I didn’t know to what you were referring.  As a general rule, I think you earn an A and I love receiving Like the Dew.
  • This has been an amazing experience. The growth and the frequent remarkable displays of talent have been delightful and inspiring. I sense the need for a more order over the flow of contributions – maybe more specifically defined categories, i.e. music, movies, literature, politics.  Current categories seem mixed and matched, and so slow to load I give up. Is that my PC? or Dew?
  • I think its a quick way to keep up with Atlanta and Southern happenings. I enjoy the articles and read the ones that interest me the most. It’s a good way to keep up with what’s going on.
  • If it works, don’t fix it!
  • The best thing on The Dew recently was the Doug Cumming story on Bill Emerson and the string that followed.
  • I love the Dew, particularly the mix of professional writers and those new writers who have a story that they must tell. Initially I was afraid that there might be a little too much southern nostalgia woven into the body of the letter because that is basically the warp and weave of a culture- similarities derived from the past and reinforced by keeping others out, but I have been very happily surprised with the range of topics and even the use of a Yankee judge on the deviled eggs.
  • I love “Georgia BAckroadsd” and any stories about the south.
  • I’d like to see some fresh voices added to the writing mix; younger writers, maybe some more centrist or conservative political viewpoints–with the goal to keep the view vibrant and valuable to all kinds of readers.
  • I want to be one of your writers!
  • Have trouble thinking of what to write about, and receiving story ideas would really help. More of an editor than writer, I’m the one who always says, “I could have written that!” or, more likely, why did he/she not address this point?
  • I would actually buy a T-shirt!
  • Love the dew!!!
  • IN the last weeks, I’ve noticed that more and more contributions really don’t relate to Southern Politics and Culture ….. I’d much prefer that submissions stuck to the topic — maybe some slack could be cut — but not random articles that are off focus.
  • Would love to write for the Dew. Let me know the rules and regs.
  • The site has built up a substantial readership, and it would be a shame to squander that. The big issue is generating enough content to keep it going. I’d also like to see it stick to its mission of being politically progressive as it also covers cultural issues.

Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be making some changes based on this survey and announce them here. We’ll also announce the T-shirt winner (for some stupid reason, I set the drawing in the official rules for November 30, 2009, so we’ll have to wait for that announcement for fear of breaking the official rules).

Thanks, again for all of you who took time to do this — really. And, for those who didn’t get around to it,  unlike missing a chance to vote and having to wait years to vote against someone who never should have been in office, please add your ideas in the comment area.

You can download the survey results (PDF) by clicking here: LikeTheDew.com 10/2009 Site Survey Report.

The Prodigal Child

mothernaturewithearthYou are the greatest. You gave me life and everything I could possibly want. You nourished me and nurtured me. Showed me beauty, introduced me to awe and delight, and lit my imagination. You taught me the importance of family, friends, community, diversity and respect. You inspired me to be curious and solve mystery. You let me have my way even when it wasn’t good for me – and I know now how much it hurt you. You taught me about right and wrong and consequences. You have seen my tantrums and protected me from myself. You’ve seen me ignorant and unfeeling and enabled me to learn the lessons the hard way. You are wise. You are patient. You are beautiful. You are my muse. And I am so proud to be your child. Thank you. Happy Mother’s Day.

I hope you like the flowers. I know you prefer live to cut flowers, but, at least this time, I didn’t get you plastic. Imitation is the greatest compliment, you know. And, well, I was just trying to make them last longer. How was I to know they’d be forgotten, make their way to a stream, then to a river and make their way to the ocean and float around leaching toxic chemicals until birds would choke on them, die and end up in the stomach of a whale?

PS: I know it must look like I threw a wild and crazy party. Really sorry about the mess. Meant to clean up and get rid of the trash. The spills were just an accident. Didn’t mean to leave the heat running and the lights on. Or let your fish and plants die – some made it, didn’t they? And I don’t know who let the ice box melt. Or was smoking. Yes, there were a couple of fights and we broke some stuff. Just thought the place was bigger than it was. We let too many in, and it got out of hand. Plus, some didn’t get along so well with your pets. Just tell me the damage and I’ll pay for it or get my children to do so. Maybe it’s time I got my own place.


Voice Twittering

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I don’t need much. Just to hear your voice. A short call. That’s all. Like Twitter, only with sound. Just to know you are there. That you’re okay. That I’m okay. I know you are busy. Have more to do than you can. I love your emails and Facebook postings, but want just a few seconds more. Please. Put me on the list. Just a moment. That’s enough. Really. 140 syllables would be enough. I already follow you. You know who you are. Reach out and call that person you love.

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Holiday Wrap Up

Pardon the pun, but I’ve worked with way too many clever people and there is a long term effect. Anyway, I have this list of things I planned to write about this month and am fast approaching the time where it just isn’t going to happen. Here’s my attempt to plant or at least provoke some metaphorical seeds…

Social Networks Caused Economy Crisis

Or maybe it’s the other way around. Probably too early to tell if this part of the Chicken/Egg Conundrum, but visits to LinkedIn and Facebook are up 20% and 18% respectively. My explanation (using the Colbert approach) is that as people have less and less to do at work, they are spending more and more time looking for someone who will discover them and give them money.Social Networking vs Economy Graph

Here are some links:

CSI North Pole

We moved last year and are using basic cable. My justification was based on cost and the hope that if I didn’t watch HBO for a couple of years maybe they would add some movies we hadn’t seen. Admittedly, using the remote control so much has made the Carpal Tunnel caused by a billion mouse clicks much worse. Not only am I clicking to miss the commercials (they still have commercials on basic cable – 5 minutes worth every 10 minutes – mostly prescription drugs with hilarious side effects for diseases I haven’t yet asked my doctors about), to find something we can watch. We have these rules for program selection: no autopsy shows; no shows with violence against women or children; no shows with laugh tracks; no shows with automatic weapons; no fascist news shows (Lou Dobbs and everything on Fox News); no personal tragedy tonight shows; no shows with snakes; no game shows (that includes all of the survivor genre); and no movie that we have seen more than twice in the last week. That doesn’t leave much.

It Could Be a Wonderful Life.

A rewrite of the original substituting poor old George Bush for George Bailey. George is having a really bad day. This time, all of the Building and Loans had come up short – hundreds of billions short. In today’s version, millions of people who have lost their jobs, their houses and their life savings are on the bridge feeling suicidal. When they hear the splash interrupting their jump and rescue Clarence the angel, in unison they wish that George had never been born. Granting the wish, we walk with the angel through a very different place than we have been used to for the last eight years. A world where Al Gore did become president. The surplus wasn’t squandered with tax breaks for the wealthy, but President Gore worked with the Republican Congress to pay off our national debt and found the accumulating trillions could easily afford to invest in securing Social Security and Medicare. Investments in clean, renewable energy ended our dependence on foreign oil, resulted in a vibrant stock market, millions of new jobs, raised the standard of living for us all and exportable technology securing a positive trade balance. The surplus allowed us to rebuild on infrastructure with thousand of new schools, safe bridges and mass transportation. Trains, clean and cheap, became commonplace, saving the lives of thousands from traffic accidents. Universal healthcare removed the burden from industry and increased our worldwide competitiveness, lengthened lives and made us more healthy, and dramatically reduced bankruptcy which strengthened our financial system. College tuition became free in exchange for community service, resulting in a motivated and smart new generation of productive taxpayers. Teacher salaries were increased and no child was left behind. Lobbyist are banned for Washington and self interest is replaced with common good. With the budget surplus secure, we were able to turn a generous eye to the rest of the world – providing clean water, access to power and sustainable agriculture to the third world; investing in our hemisphere with positive trade practices, the immigration issue was solved; and working with the UN as a partner in the world, peace and democracy spread like wildfire. Oil prices never spiked so the oil dictators lost power. We had a competent government that paid attention to warnings and September 11th never happened, no innocent women and children were bombed, no suspects tortured, religion never became a profile, thousand of our best lived long and wonderful lives with their families. Enron never bubbled or collapsed. Dick Cheney was still serving time for bribery and illegal trading with Iraq. Joe Lieberman was replaced in Gore’s second term with the then new senator from Illinois who is now president elect. Finally, the millions of people who walked with Clarence and viewing this world where W never lived, realized that we could have had “A Wonderful Life” and never chose to go back.

A Free Idea for the Car Companies

Instead of offering me a rebate to buy a new car, offer shares of automotive stock. Admittedly, 5,000 shares of General Motors stock may not be worth very much, but it sounds like more than that $5,000 rebate and I’d have an incentive to make sure they were successful – that includes supporting their quarterly bailouts. Relationship marketing can work for them. Think about it.

A Free Idea for 39 States Who Are Looking for Some Millions

Container deposits. It will immediately raise millions that can help reduce your deficit and more each year thereafter; will encourage recycling; reduce litter; and provide a significant source of income to the homeless, non-profits and enterprising young people. Think about it.