Your friendly Arbiters of Style are on holiday vacation as of next week, meaning that updates on this site will be shorter and more sporadic until the new year. They will still be ongoing, however, as we’ll continue to post links to items of note on other sites as well as gems from our own archives that you may have missed the first time around. And of course, once 2009 arrives,we’ll come charging back out of the gate with new commentary, new photography (from the Alps, no less), another Very Special Interview Subject, and much more.
In the meantime, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support of this site over the course of 2008. Since the Manual of Style’s official launch in February, word of our daily perorations has spread steadily until we now find ourselves writing for a growing, dedicated, and highly stylish audience every weekday. That is a privilege we truly enjoy, and we appreciate all your help in making it possible. We hope that you have as much fun reading the Manual as we have writing it, and that you’ll continue recommending us to other lovers of books, art, humor, grammar, and good taste.
Ten months ago this site was effectively unknown; last week Blogs.com named us one of the 10 Best Publisher Blogs on the Web. (The list was guest-authored by the editor of Beacon Broadside, who knows a thing or two about great publishing blogs herself.) We aim to build on that success in the new year—and to that end, will soon be asking to hear your suggestions on how we can improve. For now, though, relax, enjoy the season, and if you get tired of hearing your nephews break china or watching Aunt Tamara fish wig hairs out of her brandy, sneak away to your computer and check in on us; we might just have tiptoed to our own and posted something for you.
All the best,