Just a quick note on the RM as we enter May friends. There have been some subtle changes to the blog over the last week, as I attempt to make it more convenient to navigate (and more economical for me to publish). If you indulge in social networking, the “sociable” tab (top left) has a number of icons that will allow you to share the RM with your networks. If you are interested in following the RM on a regular basis, you can click on the “Facebook Badge” to go The Rational Middle on that service and become a fan; or, become a “friend” of the blog (Google calls it following…but I think it is creepy to have “followers”). You may also follow along on Twitter, or sign up to receive an RSS feed of the RM. Both the RSS feed and “notes” section of Facebook offer the posts free of additional graphics (and advertising).
A note on that advertising…I have posted Google Adsense Ads for 10 months now (although I hasten to add that I have no real control over the content of those ads); currently, my account shows that the blog has earned me $0.18. While not a get rich quick (or even a get rich slowly) scheme, I would be grateful if those of you who are planning an Amazon purchase anyway would consider killing two birds with one stone. Read and comment on the latest post on the RM, and then browse the Amazon gadgets on the sidebar.
A handful of friends and family started reading the RM with its first published post on June 22, 2009. Just a month ago, we passed 180 unique visitors in the history of the blog. In the last 30 days, we have doubled that number, and gone from an average of 5 page-views per day to 40. Please keep your comments coming, and keep sharing the RM…this blog belongs to the loyal visitors whose primary interest is bringing adult conversation back to our democracy. Thank You!