It is with a heavy heart and fond memories that I must announce that we have lost an Iron Blogger. Iron Blogger Green, Robin Pratt has informed me that, due to issues in his offline life, he does not have the time or energy to fulfill the duties of Iron Blogger. I think I speak for everyone when I wholeheartedly thank Robin for his time and energy here - a more compassionate, kind human being is hard to find. He has been added on the Left to the Former Iron Bloggers roll, and his Left Over Anger link will remain on my blogroll. I wish Robin luck, and welcome his presence as a Judge or Challenger at any time in the future he wishes to return.
I also must take a moment to once again ask that our Left-leaning readers, of which there are many, consider stepping forward as Judges or Challengers. At present, we are down to just 3 Lefty Judges. In the bi-partisan spirit of this site, I ask all of you to help us find more talented, open-minded people to make Iron Blog the best it can be.
Iron Blog will be taking a week off as we line up more Judges, Challengers, and fill a vacancy among our Iron Bloggers. That does not mean you shouldn't continue to tune in and see what's going on, as I have a few things in store to fill the gap.
First, I'm opening the blog to our 3 current Iron Bloggers to post on anything they like, or to cross-post from their own blogs.
Second, I'm opening up the Challenger login to all 6 former Challengers to do the same, sharing their wit and wealth of knowledge with our readers. I only ask that each of you limit yourself to 1 post a day.
Third, I am bringing back the Blitz Battles for new rounds, but with a twist. Each Iron Blogger or former Challenger's post will be a Blitz Battle in the comments, and the IB or Challenger who made the post will decide after 24 hours who the winner is. This is your chance to really mix things up and see whose spleen vents supreme.
I hope you will enjoy these activities, and thank you for your support of Iron Blog in our early, growing stages.