With the start of CCE’s fifth year comes a few changes to my long standing format. Lately its become clear that my daily posting here on CCE takes up a great deal of my free time, a bit too much in fact. Typical postings for me usually involve several hours of research, an hour or so of photo editing, and another hour for writing. In the end I usually spend a good four hours each day just to keep CCE running – and that doesn’t include answering emails and comments. Schedule in a typical 40 hour work week and I’m left with very little time to work on the various other projects I’m hoping to get done before too long (namely a certain historical atlas and ruinology book to name just two).
The easiest solution to this problem is one I’ve actually instituted in the past – dropping CCE’s posting schedule down from five days a week to three. But such a solution presents its own problems, most worrisome of which is the diminished flow of traffic that would result. So instead I’ve come up with a completely new solution, one that will enable me to get some much needed free time while keeping CCE up and running five days a week. But its a solution that requires a great deal of help from you – my readers. Specifically I want you guys to do some of the postings for me – in the form of more Copper Country Scrapbook posts.
Copper Country Scrapbook is a series of posts in which I publish photos and musings sent to me by me readers. In the past these posts have consisted mostly of photos, but as of late I’ve been getting a great deal more archival types of materials – maps, drawings, newsletters – that provide a greater understanding of the mines and towns I explore each day. These are materials that I think everyone that reads this site would get benefit from and enjoy seeing for themselves. In that spirt of sharing I will be creating a series of pages on which these archival materials can be browsed and accessed. (Consider them my own personal library – available for everyone to use!) These archival items will include photos, maps, drawings, illustrations, newsletters, blueprints, google book links – anything CC History related that I’ve been given permission to post or exists in the public domain.
I won’t be creating this new library all at once, however. Instead I’ll add material in bits and pieces, gradually building up the scrapbook week after week. Each time I add something I’ll write a small post showcasing what’s new and give my own impressions. My plans are to add items twice a week – on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. I’ll continue to post explorations and articles on the other three days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), but now I’ll interspace those more difficult posts with a pair of these Scrapbook posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This way I have less work to do each week, and you guys get the added benefit of cool new things everyday! Hopefully it’ll be a win for everyone and I can finally get some work done on all those other projects!
I’ll kick off the new format change this Thursday, so stay tuned!