We began publishing Longleaf Breeze on February 3, 2009, six years ago this week. During those six years Amanda and I have learned much about this adventure we’re living.
Amanda sends her regrets for being unable to join me for the podcast today. She’s caring for her mother, who is recovering (quite well, by the way) from cancer surgery. So it falls to me to share with you some exciting news about LongleafBreeze.com
The story we shared when we began was all about two rank beginners climbing up the learning curve, working to gain knowledge and become more effective as organic, subsistence farmers. Enough time has passed now that we should be pretty good at this, and frankly, we are. So there’s no longer a compelling narrative about our personal experiences from week to week. Instead, we think the highest and best use of Longleaf Breeze is to direct its focus away from Lee’s and Amanda’s experience toward how we can share most effectively what we’ve learned.
In addition, although the weekly podcast is a valuable archive, we’ve never figured out a graceful, economical way to transcribe it, so the information in our podcasts is not available to search engines. We want you to find easily the information you need. We will continue to publish podcasts from time to time, but no longer weekly. We will publish a podcast only when we think we have something to say that lends itself to audio form.
So today’s podcast is our big announcement. If you watch Longleaf Breeze for changes in the coming days, you should detect several:
- A bold new look that departs radically from the “blog” form we’ve used for these many years
- A web site that’s easy to read whether you’re viewing it on a 21-inch monitor or a tiny smartphone
- Fewer podcasts on an irregular schedule
- More text pages about topics you find helpful
- Less about us, and more about you
- Less about what just happened, and more about what we have learned
- A design that will continue to evolve as you help us figure out how we can help you