Some time last year Google, which owns this site, made some changes that suddenly made it more difficult to post content here. I could no longer simply write a story in Word, then copy and paste it here. I thought it was a settings issue before learning that many other bloggers were having the same problem.
This turned out to be a good thing for The Real Deal in some ways, as we had been dragging our feet in making the transition to our own website. But the frustrations we were having here, along with the inherent limitations of a blog, helped push us to confront and overcome an unhealthy degree of tech phobia. We essentially had to learn to navigate a platform new and a couple of wholly unfamiliar, and largely nonintuitive, programs. [Old dogs, even if slightly arthritic, can still learn new tricks when properly motivated]. But we've put in the work, and after a period of time cross-posting, we have begun to post exclusively on our new site.
That in turn has kept us so busy that we have unforgivably neglected you, our most loyal readers, whose encouragement has helped sustain us over the nearly 15 years and more than 500 posts we have posted on this site.
So if you can see your way to stick with us, come over to The Real Deal Press [we added the surname in 2014 when we ventured back into print to distinguish our first cycle in print [1991-1993]. You will find that we are publishing virtually every day, that we have a sophisticated, attractive, and yet easily navigable site that will reward your curiosity. We have relationships with folk who help us keep you apprised as to what's happening in our state capital and elsewhere. We also have regular columnists like Burner Crew and Jinida & Julius Dorsey, who write provocatively and practically.
Our main menu has topics in your favorite areas of interest: Government, Business, Health, Education, Community, and Essential Diversions [Arts, Books, Sports, Entertainment]. The latter is also where every Friday morning you can find Nate's Northcoast Notes, an eclectic selection of what's going around town and on the web.
We've also established a Real Deal Press archive where you can find more than five dozen PDFs of issues that we produced either in print or online from 2014-16 and 2018-19.
We are making site improvements practically every week, thanks to the good folk at DigitalJetstream and especially their chief tech officer, Anthony "Big Tone" Jones, once an aspiring astronaut and now just a genius techie.
We could say more, but that would be like an extended speech when the food is hot and ready on the table. So click here and get started. We''d love to see you there and hope you will like it enough to sign up [it's free] and return often.
By the way, we have the capacity to offer display advertising and much more now. As our audience continues to grow, because of articles like this, this and this, we are becoming a better bargain every day.*
Thank you for sticking with us. Come visit our new digs!
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