My intent was to wait on meta/housecleaning/announcement posts until we were a little deeper into the offseason. As in, actually into the offseason at all. However, this crazy interweb thing moves fast, and a change I didn’t think I’d be able to make for months is suddenly upon us. In fact, the sharper-eyed (and faster-DNS-cached) among you may already have noticed.
After a full year of undulating through the blogosphere on its belly, crawling up search engine results inch-by-inch as a larval little Blogspot blog, TLIW has already emerged from its offseason chrysalis a real live web site:
That's right, The Lions in Winter is no longer a second-class citizen of the blogging world. Looking at my search traffic over the past year has been depressing. If the analytics are right, a significant percentage of you find this site just by Googling “the lions in winter” every day, because who can remember that whole long weirdo URL? I could actually see it on the faces of people I’d tell about the blog: “Yeah, it’s ‘the lions in winter, dot blogsp[NOT LISTENING ANYMORE]ot, dot . . . com. Yeah, uh, so check it out.”
So, now, the root servers at the dark heart of the Internet propagate this little DNS switcheroo throughout the globe. I have about 437 blog, forum, and message board signatures to change, and 22 aggregator links and profiles to update—not to mention polite emails/IMs/PMs/Tweets to anyone who’s ever done me the favor of putting me on their blogroll.
Still, it’s a happy chore—and one I’m thrilled to be saddled with. If anything looks funky, or broken, or awesome, or terrible, please feel free to comment on this thread, or hit me up by of the usual ways or means (email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet or DM @lionsinwinter, etc.).