"That said, you suggested a companion blog. As an alternative, any thought on a companion forum?"for reasons explained (in part) in the comments here - perhaps we can have a new experiment. given that i have so many posts every day, and given that means that the comments here are necessarily so dispersed, and given that means there is little interaction between you all - let's try to consolidate everyone's comments for the day into a single post. i understand that this adds a small burden on you - referring to different posts and what not - but it might be worth it - given the increased audience and so on. i havent really thought it through - but i'm currently thinking that i'll open up a new thread when i get out of bed in the morning.
i'll leave the comments open on every post so that strays can add their tuppence - and i presume that 'substantial' posts where i deal with a single issue - eg sibel, or niger, or whatever - should have their own comments section - but basically, let's try to keep general comments to 'excerpt' posts all in one place.
think of it as an 'open thread' - but also with some shepherding from my other posts of the day. does that make sense? (or probably the other way round)
let me know if its a good idea, or a pain in the ass.
consider this your first "open dread"