PHOTOS: Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Below: Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader.
Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started my blog, promising commentary on politics, baseball and Uechi-ryu karate. It was called St. Albert Diary.
Well, I managed to deliver one of those promised topics. I think maybe I wrote about karate once or twice. Baseball? Not so much.
Eventually I purchased a domain and changed the name to Alberta Diary, since I seemed to have less and less to say about St. Albert and more and more to say about provincial affairs, plus national politics where they intersected with Alberta.
Today this blog becomes AlbertaPolitics.ca – a new name at a new address on the Web.
AlbertaPolitics.ca is a better name in every way – a domain that wasn’t available seven years ago, when it was still owned by the estimable Mark Lisac, who has since retired, a great loss to all followers of Alberta political issues.
Full posts will no longer be published at AlbertaDiary.ca. For a few weeks, a summary will be published there, with a link to this site at AlbertaPolitics.ca for the full post. Regular readers should update their links and notifications. Eventually, the old site will disappear, and clicking on AlbertaDiary.ca will bring readers directly here to AlbertaPolitics.ca. Presumably, that way, I will continue to attract a few inaccurate typists looking for information on the Alberta dairy industry.
The Gmail address for correspondence will as a matter of practicality remain AlbertaDiary (at) gmail (dot) com, and I will continue to call the Rabble.ca version of this blog Alberta Diary, just for the sake of elegant variety.
Other changes that take effect today include the obligatory now look – not merely to make the blog prettier, but to make it fully “responsive” so that you can read it more easily on your cellular phone, whence nowadays comes an astonishing amount of reader traffic. Responsiveness should also improve the display of advertisements on the site.
As with all new things, there are bound to be some bugs, and readers are encouraged to let me know by email if they encounter technical problems. I will do my best to fix them.
Nothing much else will change. The opinions expressed here will remain mostly my own, with rare guest posts. Such posts will be written by people I know personally who have opinions I believe are worth reading.
My opinions are also bound to shift over time as my thoughts about various topics evolve. Fear not, however, I am too old a dog to turn into a raging market fundamentalist – leastways, if I do, a 30-day psychiatric remand is definitely in order.
My posts here shall, I sincerely hope, continue to entertain my readers, who have grown significantly in number over the past few years.
AlbertaDiary has been recording about 10,000 page views a week, 40,000 a month. I would particularly like to thank former premier Alison Redford for those numbers, although lately Premier Jim Prentice and former opposition leader Danielle Smith also seem to have been doing their best to keep my readers engaged. I am grateful to both for their help as well. (This is sarcasm.)
My goal now is to double those numbers in the next year – a task that should be aided both by the changes at AlbertaPolitics.ca and the major political events inching ever closer to Alberta.
Welcome to AlbertaPolitics.ca!
Oh, and Happy New Year!
David J. Climenhaga