A very observant visitor may have noticed a new addition to my blog roll a few days ago: HermesNews.Net (that's Hermes with an "m"). Today I can announce that I am now a contributing writer for the site. Nothing much will change here, except occasionally I will refer readers to stories I have written for the other site. I have promised them at least one story a week, which I can also post here.
What does this mean? First, it means I have to adjust to WordPress, a blogging tool that isn't WYSIWIG like Blogger is. I have done enough web sites that I am not afraid of HTML, but I'm not 100% comfortable with it, either. More importantly, this is an opportunity to gain wider readership and exposure for my writing. It is a no-lose situation for me--I will be contributing stuff that I would have written here anyway, I still own the rights to my work, and more people will get to read it. The HermesNews.Net editors would like to draw me into the instant messaging world, but for now I will resist (when asked if I had AIM, I replied "only toothpaste").
Co-Editor Seth Goldstein surprised me when I joined, though. He said I would get to choose my own topics, but two hours after I signed on, he gave me an assignment! Naturally, it was something I had not planned to write about here. The story he sent for comment was blogworthy, just not something I would normally address. Nonetheless, after turning it over in my head for a couple of hours, I came up with something to say about it. So while I intended my HermesNews.Net debut to be a reworking of my recent post about The Republican War On Science (maybe next week?), it turned out to be a commentary about the ethics of hospital and nursing home staff abandoning or euthanizing patients in New Orleans instead.