There are now four of us behind The Conservatory, and the Conservative Commune: Originally, we were a trio—Dan Collins, our founder; Enoch Root, the “silent” partner who holds this site together; and me, the Beyotch Who Makes Annoying Pronouncements.
Now we are a core team of four: the original three, plus Mr. Bruce McQuain.
Bruce and I got acquainted through petro-blogging, back when I was still doing Little Miss Attila as my main site. We met at the Kern River oil fields here in California in January of 2009, and spent some time later on that year with other energy journalists at an offshore technology conference in Houston. We reconnected at CPAC this past winter (just as Dan and I were distancing ourselves from certain ill-conceived websites that had lucked into our talents—and those of a few other terrific people).
Like me, Bruce is a survivor of print publishing. He’s also an Army vet and econoblogger, and he’s earned a loyal following with his analyses at Questions and Observations, The Examiner, Blackfive, and now here.
Just looking at my list of Bruce’s accomplishments makes me want to take a nap! He’ll be helping us out with energy issues, economics, the election, and military developments, among other subjects.
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I did want to make a quick note about one policy we’ve already tackled on the discussion board, and one mechanical thing.
Remember that we prefer that you refrain from cussing in the comments sections, if you possibly can. If it’s part of a quote, we’ll be okay, but we’ve got a handful of advertisers who are “on the bubble,” and they notice it when a comments board turns into the Wild West. Take that, um, stuff to LMA or POWIP. Or to the Commune.
Also, I’ve sent a few notes out regarding the Community News feature, but its functioning is counter-intuitive for a few folks, so:
- copy the URL into the field provided;
- use the article’s title, or a paraphrase thereof, for the field above;
- the large field is for your own very brief summary/commentary; if you exceed the space alotted, your sentence may well be cut off, so be stingy with your characters. Furthermore,
- occasional promotion of your own site is okay, if you really have caught that day’s zeitgeist. But please be sparing with that. We do notice when the CN function is abused. And we make voodoo dolls out of the abusers and stick pins in them. Worse, we stop linking to them (the dolls, that is).