Announcing Increased Content for CM.com
Over the past year, this community hasn't been shy about the improvements it would most like to see on this site. You may have noticed that we've been dropping hints over the summer about the work we've been doing behind-the-scenes this year in response to your feedback - and now things begin to get fun, because we can stop hinting and start launching.
The #1 request we receive most frequently is "More Chris!" Meaning more posts on more topics more often. Here's how we're going to deliver on that:
1) More posts from Chris
As one man, there's a limit to how much Chris can produce without compromising quality or burning out. But with recent infrastructure and staffing investments, including successfully hiring our new Content Manager (a separate announcement on that is coming soon), we think we've put in place the right system keep him at the 'efficient frontier' of his output capabilities.
What can you expect? The same conscientious analysis and observations, just more of them - for both public and enrolled members.
When will you start seeing this? Immediately (though it will take a few months and a few more to-be-announced improvements before we're operating at maximum efficiency).
2) Exclusive analysis from contributing editors
And although cloning Chris isn't an option yet (hurry up, Science...), we realize that's utimately what you want. So we're investing in the next best thing.
We have approached a small, select group of likeminded thinkers for whom we and our readers have great respect. And we've asked them to commit to writing in-depth analysis exclusive to CM.com on topics our audience cares strongly about.
We'll be rolling out this new content over the next few months - starting tomorrow with a detailed exploration of the serious fiscal and credit problems afflicting Europe, plus practical guidance should the Eurozone and its currency begin to fragment.
This analysis will be provided by our first announced contributing editor, Charles Hugh Smith, founding editor of OfTwoMinds.com. Charles is widely respected by our readers, a very thoughtful and conscientious thinker, and a talent that Chris and I believe deserves a brighter spotlight. He'll be contributing articles across the spectrum of 'Three E' topics, though he'll have a particular focus on what local solutions in economy, commerce, and community offer the most promise for the post-Peak-Oil world.
Additional contributing editors will be announced soon. Note that, while we are working with them to determine the topics and to ensure their perspective takes our 'Three E' framework into account, we aren't dictating their thinking or conclusions. They won't always see eye-to-eye with Chris - and that's a good thing. Thoughtful, intelligent debate only advances our understanding of our shared situation. (In the instances where conclusions differ, we'll clarify our position and why.)
What's Not To Like?
So, in short, you're going to start geting more from Chris PLUS more from those Chris respects - all exclusive to CM.com.
As always, please share your feedback as we roll out this new content. We want to make sure we're delivering the value you want.
And stay tuned. The pace of additional improvements to the site experience is going to start increasing from here.