Ramblites, I was ill for the last week of November and the first week of December, and wasn't able to write at my usual pace to keep up with my advance posting schedule. We need a week of Open Threads in order for me to catch up, and between this week (in which my family has Family Christmas in advance and I have about eight billion things left to do to prepare) and next week (which is relatively quiet), I've chosen this week on the grounds that I won't have time to moderate threads anyway.
Which is a long way of saying: this week is going to be unmoderated open threads every day. I apologize for the interruption in posting; please talk about anything and everything, and post links to amusing, clever, insightful, hilarious stuff as the spirit moves. Thank you!
ETA: I am also considering adding an Author to the blog, as someone who has the time and is willing to pre-post Open Threads for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays -- i.e., the three times a week when I usually don't have anything scheduled -- since several of you have indicated a wish for more and more-regular open threading. And this would help in keeping other threads on topic, if I was able to say "take it to the open thread" without people being genuinely confused where to find the last one.
Open Threads take about 10-20 minutes to create and basically involve opening a post in blogger, loading in an image from a free stock image site or including a conversation-opening question, setting the scheduler and the appropriate post tags, and then hitting publish. But a 10-20 minute task repeated over 3 days a week for 52 weeks in a year is still 26-52 hours worth of work that I'm asking from someone, which I realize is a lot. And I'd like to have each week posted in advance so that illness and other hiccups don't interrupt the board routine, which means now I'm being picky as well.
If someone is willing and able to do this, send me an email. Depending on some Real Life stuff on this end, we'll decide how to proceed. Thanks.