What should I be writing about? Are there things I should be doing differently? I thought I would ask early on, and perhaps get some input.
I plan to write some kinds of articles of the types I often do–overview articles, and articles talking about the relationship between energy and the financial system, and articles analyzing particular issues that come up, like rapidly rising oil prices. Sometimes it is interesting to come at questions a totally different way. For example, in Honda’s “Racing Against Time” series, I looked at different challenges the auto industry is facing, and responses to these challenges. If readers have particular suggestions, I would like to hear them. Also, if there are folks interested in doing guest posts, I would consider the idea.
The Oil Drum’s new approach to accepting articles makes it difficult to run articles that follow very closely on current events. Today, I expect to run Heading Out’s (Dave Summer’s) post about some of the challenges that the UK is facing with respect to energy right now. Let me know if you like reading this kind of thing.
One thing I like to do is write posts that bring interesting academic papers to readers–trying to make the results understandable to a lay audience. If folks have particular suggestions as to academic papers relating to our current predicament that they think are relevant, let me know. Sometimes the original author will write an introductory post, but sometimes I need to write something, and have the author review it.
I have been trying to bring articles to readers about some of the general issues surrounding our predicament, like food and population. If you have suggestions, either as to interesting topics or as to good authors, let me know.
Another type of article relates to how we respond to the issues we are facing. I am not sure how many of these I will do, but if there are particular questions of interest, I would be interested in hearing them.
Way the Site is Set Up
I have been experimenting with this WordPress “Theme”. It is fairly flexible. One thing I have listed at the top in the sidebar is various categories of posts. I can make indented subcategories as well, once I have enough posts. For examples, under “Alternatives to Oil,” I could list such categories as “Coal,” “Natural Gas,” “Wind,” and “Solar”.
Another thing that is flexible is categories across the top. I was experimenting with this. I started a “glossary” (which only goes to “B”), and I put up a tab for Peak Oil Announcements. Any thoughts as to what you would like to see?
There are various settings I can choose for comments. Are these working OK?
At this point, I am not quite certain. I am thinking more or less five days a week, perhaps less over the holidays.