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TPM Cafe vs. The Decembrist

I haven't developed a good system for deciding what to post here and what to post on TPM Cafe. Generally I've used this space for longer pieces, irrelevant things, or when I think I'm wearing out my welcome on TPM Cafe.

There are more readers there than here, and the comment threads are fabulous. But I also know that there is a lot of material there, between the main "Coffee House" group blog, the user blogs, discussion tables, and the other hosted blogs. I can't claim to keep up with all of it myself, and it's easy to lose track, as new material pushes even a day-old comment down the stack.

I'm not sure of the best solution. I'll probably start cross-posting more. In the meantime, here's a link to the page that brings up all my posts there:


Lately I've been writing a little about the Roberts nomination, the Rove scandal , and some of the very rich debate about principles for progressive politics.

I encourage you to read TPM Cafe. There's so much good stuff there, and Josh has been adding more every day.

Posted by Mark Schmitt on July 21, 2005 | Permalink


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More here, thanks.

Posted by: Rob W | Jul 21, 2005 4:08:34 PM

Yeah, cross-posting is good. I read TPM Cafe a lot now, but I also check here, too, where your contributions are less likely to get lost in the flurry.

Thanks for your excellent analysis, wherever it shows up.

Posted by: Tad Brennan | Jul 21, 2005 7:01:53 PM

Please cross-post more. There is a lot of stuff on TPM and it's easy to miss good things.

Posted by: J Bean | Jul 21, 2005 8:19:27 PM

Yeah--post here. I find TPM impossible to sift through.

Posted by: Justin Slotman | Jul 21, 2005 8:35:32 PM

Here's where you should do your longer and noncommercial material, the kind that the label would be reluctant to release. Here might also be the place to work on stuff that might not be quite cooked yet, before it gets hundreds of comments at TPMC.

Personally I find TPMC hard to read and kind of a pain in the ass -- it's a WalMart of the liberal blogosphere. The mom-and-popness of the individual voice is lost. Yglesias, for example, is less compelling now that the personal NBA/rock-type posts are divorced from the Big Think posts. He is a divided man! And so young!

I might also add that you should use more exclamation points around here.

Posted by: Delicious Pundit | Jul 22, 2005 1:24:17 AM

I also kind of hate the comment threads at TPMC. Particularly the way they flame Ed Kilgore, like it was the DLC that took away the sun or something.

Posted by: Delicious Pundit | Jul 22, 2005 1:26:51 AM

I can't get "TPM Cafe". I click it on and get a forbidding "FORBIDDEN - It is forbidden for you . ." I'm not a techie, hell with it, feel like some bouncer won't let me into Studio 54. So crosspost by all means.

Posted by: richard lo cicero | Jul 22, 2005 8:07:59 AM

As long as people are writing about progressive principles, why don't you take a stab at that Mark?

It seems like you would be as good as anyone else trying to write the mythical Thousand-Word-Summation-of-What-It-Means-to-Be-A-Progressive post that everyone has been angling at since last fall.

Posted by: RMG | Jul 22, 2005 11:10:19 AM

Cross post everything here so that people who want to read your stuff, and not try and find it on TPM can find it easily.

Also, as someone who blogs in multiple places - let me tell you that having a central archive of all your articles will make your life a LOT easier.

Posted by: Ian Welsh | Jul 23, 2005 12:53:37 AM

please keep posting here too--i haven't commented before, but i value your words, and would rather read them in a less busy environment. I think lots of people feel that way. Thank you. : >

Posted by: amberglow | Jul 23, 2005 12:35:31 PM

Please keep posting here. I know I've found there's a kind of self-censorship that you go through when posting on someone else's site as opposed to your own -- you're less likely to take risks, or to indulge an insightful if tangential idea. Due to the sheer size of TPMC, my guess is that that tension is even more pronounced for yourself.

So please keep posting here, and giving us your more instinctive thoughts.

Posted by: Chris Meserole | Jul 27, 2005 11:06:35 AM