17 February 2013
Last week's issue of The Nightstand will be the last hosted at this URL and the Blogger platform. This week's edition will be posted at wmotlthenightstand.wordpress.com. (Don't try to remember it, just bookmark it or throw it into your RSS feedreader if you are so inclined). I don't have any major complaints about the Blogger platform, but I was looking to shed myself of some baggage associated with the address (its misspelling for one, a mistake my wife has never let me forget). I started this blog back in the summer of 2007 as a means of participating in the "Bloggernacle," or the online universe of LDS/Mormon-focused blogs that were popping up willy-nillly in those days. It did not take long to realize that I was not going to be able to put the time and effort into the blogging enterprise to make much of a mark or attract a significant readership. I have been heartened by the occasional appreciative comment or bit of praise I receive for something that I posted on the blog. Gradually, I began to see myself in more of a curator's role, culling articles and longform pieces from around the Internet for the consumption of others. This weekly collection, The Nightstand, started up as an adjunct to my own writing, but has gradually become my primary means of expression on the blog. It turns out that as a busy associate in a BigLaw firm and a growing family, I have even less free time and less intellectual energy than I had as a law student. So the new blog will be "The Nightstand @ Weightier Matters of the Law." I cannot promise that I will not post something of my own as time and degree of interest allow, but I am going to let go of my own personal guilt for not getting it done. I will also be adding a couple of new features to The Nightstand over the next couple of weeks and months, things that I hope will make it more reader-friendly, fun and useful. I hope that as many of you as have followed me for some period over the past nearly six (really?) years will continue with me to a new venue. I will keep this blog online and available for as long as I can, if for no other reason than nostalgia and to preserve the value of any links that have been made to it over the years.