The SuperSpade at 300
The SuperSpade turns 300 with this writing. I am humbled by the people who have been fervent supporters of us and what we are trying to do with this space. Every time we hit another 100 posts, we like to talk about the things we’ve been doing with this SuperSpade movement and talk a bit about where we are looking to go in the future.
The goal of this space is to engage in dialogue about current issues and events of importance, as well as themes that are relevant to life as a whole. We want this dialogue to result in real actions that we can take to improve our everyday lives. We generally talk a great deal about political issues, but we touch on other subjects as well, with features such as Steve’s Weekly Dreams or Brandon’s Friendship Series to name a couple. The reason that our focus is primarily political is that we also seek to promote understanding about how these issues tangibly affect our daily lives. Why does it matter who is on the Supreme Court? Why do interest rates matter to everyone? These are the types of answers that we want to make real to people. This will help realize my vision of an informed, active, conscientious populace that will not make decisions based on ignorance or deception.
Readers may have noticed over the past week or so that there has been a slight change in format on the site, a change that is a direct result of feedback that I have received from a number of you. One big thing that people have said is that the average length of our writings makes it difficult for people to read and comment.
So, I have decided to give this shorter post thing a chance. The short-form pieces will have 3 parts. Here is what you can expect:
1. An intro to the subject, that will usually include at least one link to whatever the subject is
2. An opinion and/or reaction to the subject
3. A discussion question for us and the readers
The goal with this space is to engage in dialogue that we have on the site. We would like to see this dialogue in the comments section of the posts, so hopefully this change will help that to happen. This is the first of many things we will be rolling out over the next few months to give people a variety of ways to contribute to the discussions and conversations here at The SuperSpade.
Because the post length is shorter, this will allow us to write more posts about more topics. I think that’s a good thing because it will give everyone a nice variety of issues to chime in on. We will still have our bread-and-butter long-form articles, but there will be fewer of them. If the response is positive to this new format, then we will stick with it. Please show us how you feel by leaving comments and emailing us at TheSuperSpade@gmail.com. Also don’t forget to check out our categories section and archives on the right side for access to older pieces.