You may notice that this post doesn't look like the usual LFCA post with the computer icon in the corner and the neat categories of information (note to self: you must update that computer icon because it's over three years old). And that's because it's not your usual LFCA.
I only upload the LFCA when there is a critical mass of blurbs. And for the past few weeks, there have been random days where there simply isn't a critical mass of blurbs, such as today.
The LFCA only runs when you submit your own news or you submit your friend's news. Truly, it is here for your usage, and will run as long as people wish to use it. We are the only area of the blogosphere that I know of that has a clearinghouse hub space that anyone can use in order to direct people to their information when they need support.
Every other area of the blogosphere, you're shouting into the ether and hoping someone hears. In the ALI community, we actually have a resource which can provide the information in blurb form and hopefully the reader follows that link and gives support (though the LFCA cannot guarantee that people will click over to lend support. You can only lead a horse to water; you can't make them drink. Still, it works a lot of the time).
We have two options: if we want the LFCA daily, people need to submit news. Either their own or when they are reading a blog of a friend, submit their news for them. I've always said that it doesn't bother me to receive the same blurb from 10 different people. I just delete out the other 9 and put up 1. Or, we can start having the LFCA run semi-regularly, starting with three days a week. I am fine with either option, but rather than just move it to three days a week, I am setting this out there in case there are people who feel strongly about reading it daily.
Because there are people who expressed that it's their first blog stop of the day, or it's the way they catch up on news if they're busy at work, or it creates a more level playing field. So if the LFCA is important to you, take a deep breath and submit your news so people can know what is going on in our area of the blogosphere.
If you don't know what to submit, just read the LFCA and you'll get a sense within a few issues. Or peruse this list of items that are appropriate for the LFCA. I don't think we need to make this complicated nor do I think the LFCA needs to be revamped--it still has the same readership (in fact, the readership continuously grows), it just as fewer blurbs being submitted. Which says to me that people still find the LFCA a helpful site--even if they're not submitting their news.
PSA over. Your normal LFCA returns Sunday night, but I'd love to hear your thoughts below on whether LFCA should remain a daily occurrence or move to three days a week.