It's been one year to the day since I last updated this blog. I know the least interesting thing to read is a post about not posting (see the incomparable XKCD for reference), but I thought I'll indulge myself just this once. The real world took over for a year there: work, people, and all the small obligations life entails. All the while though, I would pocket away ideas for a story assuming I'll just get to them next week. Perpetually next week. Well, if I don't restart this thing now while the first anniversary of my non-writing passes, I worry I won't have a way to push myself into it anytime soon.
I haven't sat on my duff the whole year. In the scant time between my hectic work schedule and the minimum amount of social life required to claim status as a twenty-something, I started and ran a podcast with several friends. It's succeeded wildly beyond our dreams, but as a result often demands my free time. In fact, the podcast took almost exactly a year ago so I hope to safely blame it for eclipsing this site until now.
In a nutshell, it's a storytelling podcast akin to The Moth, in which people tell funny/sad/poignant stories live before an audience, with no notes, and in ten minutes or less. Our project, True Story, brings that model from the stage to the living room. Our storytelling events involve true amateurs telling personal stories in close settings among friends. We love the intimate atmosphere and the amazing stories that can truly come from anyone.
The response has been overwhelming. In just one year, we've received over one million downloads, ranked in the top Performing Arts podcasts, and even featured on the iTunes podcast homepage alongside Radiolab and the Slate Political Gabfest, two of my all-time favorite podcasts (proof!). Beyond the numbers though, our listeners are amazing and we're working to spread the model so that they can host True Story events of their own! If any of it sounds interesting check us out on iTunes, Soundcloud, or our site truestorytime.org.
Beyond that project, I like to recreate by tweeting (hey! I'm micro-blogging! I was never gone after all!) and riding my under-powered motorcycle into the foothills.
Now I'm back to NomNomics. To be honest, the name may be a bit of the reason it's taken me so long to come back. I originally wanted to start one blog on food/agriculture economics (hence the name) and one main blog for politics/economics generally. I couldn't think of the name for the last one, and so I figured the first was clever enough that I'd use it. I'll probably keep it and just groan every so often at myself for it. Maybe I should start a sister blog called Lolitics.
I return with content though. I've worked extensively on some interesting analyses of Congress - in particular, original metrics on how politically representative the House and Senate each add up to be. For now though, I'll upload my extensive guide to the digital consumption of news. I wrote it for some friends who felt out of the loop and thought I would have suggestions for easier ways to keep up with the endless crush of news. Since my relationship to the dialogue this past year has been as only a consumer of content rather than a producer, the guide seems a fitting first (true) post.