Regular readers may have noticed posting has been lighter than usual here lately. I’ve been having a hard time writing the past couple of weeks, partly because I’ve been incredibly busy with other stuff, and also partly because all the news going on with the City budget and the State budget is just so ridiculously depressing that every time I sit down to write I end up just staring at the screen and my half written posts all despondent until I just can’t take it anymore and turn off the computer and go pour myself some bourbon.
Anyway, I’ve decided I need a break. I need some time to catch up on other parts of my life, and would love a chance to work on some longer-term projects without the pressure of a daily deadline. I will be taking next week, August 3-7, off from blogging. I would love to take the following week, August 10-14 off as well. That’s where you guys come in.
I hate the idea of abandoning you all with nothing to read. And of course, with over 12,000 comments on the site, I know you all have plenty to say. So I’m soliciting guest posts from my readers for while I’m on break. The ground rules are simple: it has to be about Oakland, should be between 500 and 2,000 words, and has to be true. I’m happy to put up guest posts that I don’t agree with, but I won’t put up anything that is flat out wrong. If you want to write something, but are having trouble finding specific numbers to reference or something like that, feel free to e-mail me and I’ll try to help you out. (I won’t have e-mail access for the next couple of days, though.) If you’re interested in writing a guest post, or you have something written you’d like to submit, just write to me at v at vsmoothe dot com or fill out this contact form.
Also, the City Council is now on recess until September, which I, for one, could not possibly be happier about. This gives me a little break from writing about whatever is going on like, right now, which is really nice. I have some things I’ve been working on that I’ll be writing about, but I’m also curious about what you guys would like to see. Do you have questions about how some aspect of the City works? Is there a subject that you’re interested in, but find it hard to catch up with everything that’s already gone on? If there’s something you’d like me to write about, leave your suggestion in the comments. I can’t promise I’ll get to everything people ask about, but I will do my best.