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December 09, 2007

Moving Day

Tomorrow, this blog moves to The American Prospect. It's a big deal for me. I remember setting up on Typepad, terrified that my decision to leave Pandagon was an insane mistake that would destroy my audience and doom any hope I had of making this into a career. I remember how hard the first few days were, looking at a Sitemeter that was a bare fraction of what I was used to, and seeing big zeros where the number of comments should have gone.

But this site allowed me to find my voice as a writer. My first explorations into health policy were here. So were the links to my first published pieces, and the announcement that I'd been hired by The American Prospect. My first appearances on Hardball came because of this site, as did my first op-eds in The Los Angeles Times. Indeed, I owe just about everything to this little blog, and the wonderful audience and commenting community that grew up around it.

And now, it's time to pack up my boxes and move once again. I've long wanted to bring the site to The Prospect, for reasons ranging from work-life balance, to a deep belief in the magazine's mission and my responsibility to further it, to a simple desire to feel like less of a delinquent employee. On Monday, after a lot of technological headaches and hassles (all of them borne with grace, cheer, and grim determination by this prince of a man), the new site will open. There are no planned changes in content or tone or orientation -- I will still have complete and sole editorial control over the site. It will simply be over there, instead of over here. And there will be more red.

Sadly, my remarkable weekend writers will not be coming with me. They will be starting their own group blog. But I'll leave that for their goodbye posts (which are below this one), and simply say that I've been honored to have such a whip-smart group of writers pitch-in, elevating the site's quality and giving me something resembling weekends. I can't thank them enough, and I'm genuinely excited to be able to read them all week long, and in one place.

Logistically speaking, on Sunday, this post will be raised to the top of the site. That evening, the transfer will take place, this page will redirect to the new site, and all the other technical aspects of the move will take place. I hope you folks will all follow over to TAP, change your bookmarks, update your feeds, and all the rest. After all, without you, I'm just some crazy guy, listening to my own voice echo through the tubes.

December 9, 2007 | Permalink


>I remember... seeing big zeros where the number of comments should have gone.

Well, this posting won't have a "0 comments" status anymore.
We'll miss ya, ya big lug.
[insert smarmy hugging emoticon here]

Please post a link to save us lazy ones from having to google American Prospect Klein -Joe.

Thank you.
And, of course, best wishes in your new endeavours.

Posted by: bartkid | Dec 7, 2007 5:14:37 PM

Congratulations. It's always gratifying to see someone succeed who really deserves it.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Dec 7, 2007 5:25:36 PM

I remember worrying about Greenwald moving to Salon, would he still be available? Well, he is, but it became too much of a hassle to read the comments and throw in my own 2¢ from time to time; so, in a way, he isn't.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 7, 2007 5:25:51 PM

The wordwrap on the last message defeated my joke.
The wordwrap separated the minus sign and the word Joe.
(A minus sign in front of a term excludes it from the results google returns.)

Posted by: bartkid | Dec 7, 2007 5:27:41 PM

it became too much of a hassle to read the comments and throw in my own 2¢ from time to time

I wouldn't worry about that. The posts at TAPPED get very few comments generally, far less than here.

I may be way off on this, but I suspect that Ezra brings more of an audience to the American Prospect with this move than vice versa.

Posted by: Jason C. | Dec 7, 2007 5:31:47 PM

Well, good luck, and congrats. Sound like a good move for you. Look forward to reading you in the new 'hood.

Posted by: Jasper | Dec 7, 2007 5:34:35 PM

Yeah, but will you still be able to use the f word?

Posted by: Eric the Political Hack | Dec 7, 2007 5:48:44 PM

Congratulations! you are, along with Matt and Kevin, one of the best bloggers out there. Good Luck, and best wishes.


The Political Hack brings up a good point: will you still be able to use the truckers language we've all come to adore so?

Posted by: bend | Dec 7, 2007 6:03:20 PM

keep shining brightly, ezra klein!!
* * * * * * * * * * * *

Posted by: jacqueline | Dec 7, 2007 6:06:02 PM

Congratulations and best wishes, Ezra.

Posted by: mk | Dec 7, 2007 6:15:35 PM

Congrats, Ezra. Well-deserved.

Posted by: wisewon | Dec 7, 2007 6:20:39 PM

Ezra -- I understand why you're doing this, but from a personal branding perspective, I don't think it's a good move.

You may feel that subsuming "Ezra Klein" into the greater TAP online identity is a good thing, and maybe it is in the short-term, but long-term, I think you'll find it's a mistake. As Ezra Klein, you're a unique entity, a pundit worth calling for TV appearances and op-eds. As part of the TAP collective, you're just another writer.

Be careful. Don't let your employer exploit your feelings of guilt into causing harm to your own value. They benefit more from this deal than you do.

Posted by: lux | Dec 7, 2007 6:21:07 PM

Now I remember. You're the guy who wrote Sally Field's famous acceptance speech at the Oscars.

Posted by: Jim W | Dec 7, 2007 6:33:09 PM

Good luck. Look forward to seeing the multipolar weekender arrangement. Group dynamics at its finest no doubt.

Posted by: (Lefty) RW | Dec 7, 2007 6:40:10 PM

Ezra, you've really become one of the bloggers I most respect, and when I'm interested in a health coverage issue, I always come here. I've read American Prospect infrequently, but always thought it was great. Now, I'll be there more often, thanks to your presence. Thanks for your work, and your voice.

Posted by: Brighid | Dec 7, 2007 6:55:29 PM

Congratulations and thank you. Good luck with the Man Date.

Posted by: katherine | Dec 7, 2007 7:16:05 PM

congrats ezra, you so deserve this. best of luck!

Posted by: paul | Dec 7, 2007 7:31:24 PM

Hey, did you ever pick a name for the new blog? If not, let me make a late plug for something like "EZ Does It". Unlike the late Eric Wright, your name even has a 'z' in it.

Good luck at the new digs, I know I'll be there.

Posted by: kth | Dec 7, 2007 7:41:39 PM

Best wishes.

Posted by: Klug | Dec 7, 2007 7:52:48 PM


Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience | Dec 7, 2007 8:10:58 PM

After all, without you, I'm just some crazy guy, listening to my own voice echo through the tubes.
... while with us, you are some crazy guy, listening to your own voice echo through the tubes, and so much more as well.

Runner-up for most dramatic call off from work:

  • "The secret voice told me to come in and kill everyone in the office today, but I couldn't find the bullets, so I'll not be able to come in until tomorrow."

Posted by: BruceMcF | Dec 7, 2007 8:31:24 PM

Big Congrats!
Doesn't change a thing for me since TAP is on my plate every morning... and I doubt it will change you either (also on my daily plate).
Best of Luck

Posted by: Rich | Dec 7, 2007 9:37:08 PM

Ha, just found this. Now I have to move over to TAP?? It's all good though, I've read your stuff over there before. Keep up the good work. Mike.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 7, 2007 10:24:26 PM

Will this work like the atlantic blogs? Will I still be able to just type "ezraklein dot com"?

Posted by: mad6798j | Dec 7, 2007 11:13:35 PM

Good luck Ezra--will follow you on over--keep up the awesome work!

Posted by: Texican | Dec 8, 2007 12:00:29 AM

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