On April 6, we committed to resuming news posts in a systematic way, and intend to maintain a News section on our forum. The idea is to cover news items and other events near the times they happen, as well as add our commentary where appropriate, similar to a "blog" but a forum log (flog). Visitors can comment, too. You can find it here:
Small news items will go on the PERMANENT Facebook Timeline for people who prefer news and social networking on that channel, but those will be very brief due to the nature of the Facebook medium, and not as often.
Our website, forum, Facebook page, and blog still focus specifically on lunar and asteroid mining, space industrialization and colonization, and do not cover space in general ...
Besides PERMANENT's blog, you may want to also monitor these regular news sites which also focus on our specialization:
One of the best sources of news on lunar development is the Lunar Enterprise Daily, which is part of Space Age Publishing, which also puts out the Space Calendar. Led by Steve Durst, this operation has been going since at least when I came onto the scene in the mid-1980s when it was a paper publication.
If you would like to suggest other sites for us to list here, please do!
We do not list blogs or news sites on space in general, only those which focus on the specific topics lunar and asteroidal mining for space industrialization and colonization.
PERMANENT goes back to 1985 as an institution, and its heyday on the web as a leading source of information was 1996-2002. By focusing on PERMANENT rather than our other careers, we ran out of money due to a lack of donations and a neglect of our own business (the founder and first mate are self-employed), so we diverted time to development of our own business for self-funding. Meanwhile, we budgeted our limited time on PERMANENT as a consumer rather than a producer, for the most part.
The first thing to be cut on the website in 2002 was the News and Commentary, since it required constant monitoring and writing, and “news” is to a considerable extent parroting and reinvention of the wheel. It wasn’t easy to resist our own commentary, but discipline prevailed.
Our priority work in the 2002-2013 period was all budgeted on the PERMANENT technical website, building up its body of knowledge and structure, largely behind the scenes in the “back office”, and when time permitted on the “front office” website, but still without any blog and with only occasional news.
We did maintain a forum over the latter years so visitors could post news, and some good volunteers have performed well as administrators of that.
Now we are trying to budget time to post on news and events as they happen.
Nevertheless, the first priority is to get information into the PERMANENT databases and website structure, so much of the information here will have been added the website first, shortly before it is noted in the News.
User comments here may also lead us to additional information to subsequently add to the website.
When we committed to posting news update, we also committed to start posting regularly onto our Facebook timeline. However, the website will have larger posts and more in depth commentary, whereas Facebook is mainly for short notes with outside news links for that brief social networking distribution channel. Also, we don't want to bother Facebook people with too many posts. Something must be fairly important to be echoed onto Facebook.
PERMANENT.com > News, Blog
Additional, children pages of this current parent page:
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