The time has come. I dragged my feet but I have now packed and moved to the newspaper’s new blogging home, joining my AJC colleagues in a platform more congenial to a mobile world.
Please move with me.
If the only way you read my blog is by clicking a link from the AJC home page, you won’t notice any difference until you arrive. But if you have my blog bookmarked or new posts delivered through an RSS feed — and I highly recommend doing one or both, for the sake of your convenience and my readership numbers — you will need these new links:
Some official details about the new blog platform:
•You must register an account.
•If you are active on the blogs, you have already done this and are well on your way to being the first commenter on this new blog — something that seems to matter a lot to the posters over in sports. If not, you’ll need to click on the “Sign In/Register” link in the very upper-right corner of any page on ajc.com and create an account. It requires, among other things, a verifiable email account.
•Once you are registered, you can comment as many times as you like on any of our stories or blogs, as long as you follow our guidelines for commenting.
•There is one important change from our WordPress blogs. User names cannot have spaces in them, so if you are accustomed to posting as Soccer Mom, you will need to make it one word, like “SoccerMom” and you may need to add some numbers or characters to the end. Once you have registered a display name, you can use it on any ajc.com blog.
I know many of you are concerned about registering your email, but AJC readers who have done so already tell me they have not seen any surge in spam, junk mail or black helicopters.
So, please don’t let registration scare you away. (I, on the other hand, can be scary at times.)
The creative IT types at the AJC tell me the new platform will be more hospitable to readers who access the blog on smartphones, tablets and such. For now, the blog will not be available on the new subscriber-only website, MyAJC.com. We expect that to change sometime soon, but I’ve not been given an estimated date for that to happen or an outline of how the blog on that site will mirror this one.
If you have any questions, please post them here. While this is the final post on this site, I’ll check back over the next week or so and will try to answer any questions. If you’re having trouble, email me. I may not know the answers but will forward your questions to the experts.
Thanks for reading and participating on the AJC Get Schooled blog. Together, we have drawn quite a crowd to education issues, and I hope we can continue the collaboration and occasional conflagration on the new site.
– By Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog
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