I was recently invited by the Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman (via Lisa Falkenberg) to join the Chronicle's blog section on www.chron.com.
So today, I'm starting a second blog over with the Chronicle. It's called "Criminal Background", and you can reach it by clicking here.
To be clear, nothing is going to happen to this blog.
There are some rules and parameters that I have to follow over with the Chronicle that will necessitate it being a little more toned down than what we talk about over here, so please keep that in mind (ahem, Rage).
I'm excited about the opportunity to reach out to more readers through the new blog. We may have more "insider" debate on this blog, but I think the Chronicle blog will be a chance to educate more people about how the Criminal Justice System works in Harris County.
I'll need y'all's help. Please help me with your input (either through the comments or your off-blog e-mails) on the different sides of different issues. Remember that it is a family newspaper so we need to keep the comments clean (ahem, Rage).
And while we are on the topic of the comments, I will probably be a little more restrictive on folks posting as "Anonymous". If you like the blog over there and want to comment on it, I'd appreciate it if you developed a pseudonym so that the readers can identify your perspectives by authorship. I'm not saying you need to sign your name, but I'd love to see regular and easily-identifiable commenters over there.
And, as always, I'll appreciate your input on the blog itself -- whether publicly or privately.
(NOTE: From a technical standpoint, the blog layout over there is a little different from the one I'm used to here, so please have patience if it takes me a little bit to figure out how it all works.)