Today is the first day of the new school year at Via Meadia; I am heading tonight from the stately Mead manor in glamorous and giant-rat free Queens for whatever Tropical Storm Irene spared of the rustic Mead hideaway in the rolling hunt country of Dutchess County. The grand strategy and American foreign policy courses are about to begin.The travel schedule also picks up. I’ll be in the UK and Russia much of next week, then to the Middle East soon after that. Life is going to be hectic and I’m going to be trying to keep up the blogging while all this goes on.Team Mead has been working feverishly to prepare for the change. This summer we’ve recruited a group of interns to help research and prepare posts and held some training sessions. Already some of the short posts on the blog are based on their work and full time Mead associates Peter Mellgard and Andy Iacobucci are working with them.We don’t know yet how this will all work out on the blog. Since adding the short form posts to the long form essays in July, we have kept up a steady flow, and readers seem to like the new mix. As it is, I edit and often extensively rewrite every short post as well as write (and frequently rewrite) all the long ones. None of us think the time has come to change that, so it will be interesting to see how the blog fares as my time becomes more constrained.This is an experiment. We want to keep up the quantity of posts while if anything improving their quality — but there are only so many hours in the day and I do not want to shortchange my students or colleagues heading into the new year. I also don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the essays to keep up the quantity of short posts; that will make for some tough decisions.I hope readers will bear with us as we look for a sustainable rhythm of posts during the next few weeks. By the end of September we will have a better idea how Via Meadia will work in the academic year.As always, we appreciate your comments and read them with interest. If you want to make comments directly to me or to the staff, as opposed to public comments that will be posted on the site, you can reach us as always at ViaMeadia@the-american-interest.com.