I'm guessing you have questions.
Q: Why is there a Slice blog?
A: Why not.
Q: Isn't six columns a week in print enough?
A: This will be different.
Q: How so?
A: Give it a little time. You'll see.
Q: What if I don't like The Slice?
A: As is the case with the print column, reading The Slice blog will be voluntary.
Q: What do you know about search engine optimization?
A: Not much. But don't expect a lot of odd references to Pippa Middleton's new dress or cute cat videos. On second thought, I wouldn't rule out the cat videos.
Q: You are used to being a gatekeeper. What are you going to do when GoatBoy1969 tries to provoke you?
Q: What will you be able to do in the blog that you cannot do in your print column?
A: My deadlines for the print Slice are several days in advance of publication. That will not be the case here, of course. And in print, there often isn't space for illustrations. That will be different with the blog. Plus, I recognize that online is a distinct world in lots of interesting ways.
Q: But producing The Slice for the print newspaper will remain your real job?
A: Absolutely. Still, I'm excited about doing the blog and am looking forward to expanding the world of Slice conversation.
Q: Has anyone ever observed that the print Slice is, in fact, a bit blog-like?
A: Yes, I have heard that a number of times over the years.
Q: If your blog stinks at first, is there any hope that it will get better?
A: Possibly. If you spent time with sitcom reruns over the years, you might remember that some of the earliest episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" were not very good. The producers were obviously trying to cast Sheriff Taylor as a knockoff of the ultra-folksy Will Stockdale character from "No Time for Sergeants." But they figured it out and found the right path. Maybe I will, too.