"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
After Thanksgiving, in response to constant nagging -- from Jimmie Bise, Paleo Pat and Cynthia Yockey, among others -- I finally resolved to switch the blog to a custom WordPress platform, and promised to do so by Jan. 1, 2010.
However, the technical wizardry involved was beyond the power of a primitive unfrozen caveman blogger. This project would require Smitty getting his geek on. Our first stab at the project rolled out in rough Beta mode on Christmas Eve using the free version of WordPress but we were informed, sadly, that this would not do -- no advertising permitted for freebie moochers.
Further complications developed and, as Smitty said a couple days before New Year's Eve, he was afraid that we were on the verge of Carlsonism -- replicating the repeatedly delayed debut of a certain site, now due to appear in all its glorious majesty 10 days hence, and it had better not suck.