A Tale of Return and Change (Or, In Which I Explain My Woes in Deuteronomistic Terms)

Greetings, my gentle snowflakes! I am back, but not without having done some serious soul searching.

As all of you undoubtedly recall (for surely you all have grieved over my absence every waking moment of its duration), on the first week of March, which coincided with the First Week of Lent, my laptop’s keyboard suddenly gave up the ghost. I tried every imaginable fix (and here I must acknowledge the tireless assistance of Kevin Edgecomb, a friend tried and true), but in the end, it became apparent that the computer was beyond hope. The only way I could make limited use of it was by means of the on-screen keyboard, the use of which is so arduous that I am inclined to believe that it constitutes proof positive of the existence of Purgatory.

This tragedy, I must admit, became nearly too much for me to bear. One question was my constant companion through the dark night of functional computerlessness: Why? What could I have possibly done to deserve such a fate? Surely (so I cogitated in my inward being) I am a Good Person; nothing I may have done  could have brought upon me a curse only comparable to those visited upon some of the worse covenant-breakers of salvation history.

But then, it hit me. I had indeed become a transgressor, and was receiving my just reward.

I know such a statement must come as a shock to many of you, but it is nevertheless true. You see, back in December I made a solemn public vow: I had announced that I would “switch to WordPress effective on the implementation of threaded comments in that blogging platform.” Admittedly, I still had some doubts even then, and given WordPress’ laxity in implementing this feature, my zeal grew cold. As a result, once threaded commenting finally appeared on the scene, I neglected to make the switch. I broke my solemn public vow,  and was afflicted by the concomitant covenant curses.

The distressing realization of my misdeed and its grievous consequences did not, however, paralyze me into inaction, but rather strengthened my resolve to fulfill my vow just as soon as computer functionality was restored to me. Having obtained a new computer this past Saturday, then, I joyfully announce that The Voice of Stefan has moved to WordPress.


Please update your blogrolls and feed aggregators to reflect the new address, and do not neglect to share with others this edifying tale of repentance and restoration.

24 responses to “A Tale of Return and Change (Or, In Which I Explain My Woes in Deuteronomistic Terms)

  1. Thanks, all!

    Mike> Yes indeed! I’ve been tracking my WP comments on my dashboard for some time, and it’s supremely convenient. I’ve always had a hard time keeping track of my Blogger comments, as I refuse to flood my inbox with e-mail notices.


  2. Claude: The difference is that WP has superior commenting features. There’s no need for word verification, no need to re-enter your information with every comment, and there’s much better interconnectivity with WP blogs. You can track your comments on other WP blogs from your own dashboard. This all makes it much more commenter friendly and will result in more conversation on your blog. I’d also point out that even as immensely popular as your blog already is, it will gain even more traffic once you make the move! Stop considering and start converting!


  3. Dr Mariottini,

    Just a few comments to add to what Nick has said. I have been a Blogger user since 2005, and while I like it very much, I find that WP gives you a great deal of control over content (not only posts, but also comments) that I have wanted to have for a long time. Also, “static pages” are an outstanding feature that basically function like webpages but are hosted on your blog. I have a “Books Received” page that, previously, I had to host externally. Now all I need is on WP, and I can manage everything far more easily.

    The only drawback is that you have to pay for CSS alterations to the template, but this is not such a big issue nowadays: back in the day, you had to code every little detail in Blogger to get it to look just the way you wanted, but since the advent of the widget, there isn’t much difference between what you can do with newer versions of Blogger and what you can do with WP.

    Thanks for stopping by, and for your comment!


  4. Congratulations on the move to WordPress!

    Now I can leave lots of bemusing and bewildering comments on your blog everyday, complete with endless followups!!

    Happy happy joy joy!!!

    Belated blessed Pentecost, if I read my calendars right.


  5. “Having obtained a new computer this past Saturday, then, I joyfully announce that The Voice of Stefan has moved to WordPress.”

    Is that like “having turned over a new leaf this past Saturday, then, I joyfully confess for absolution, a full movement of Penance”? And does Theophrastus replace Aristotle and has what he learned from him supplanted Aristotle’s feminist subject? Has the universe suddenly gotten smaller or have you just gotten cleverer? If I update my blogroll as you insist, then will you update yours? (Truth be told, some of us have missed you and don’t care one whit how you’ve returned, after prodigality, just that you have).


  6. Um… thanks, I think?

    And yes, you read your calendars right. Thanks also for the festal greetings! I meant to mention on your blog that, as a matter of fact, we Orthodox celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity on Pentecost (it is “Whit Monday” that we dedicate to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Spirit), and therefore your Trinitarian post on that day was appropriate for either calendar. :-)


  7. Don’t resist things that are too marvelous and great for your comprehension, my friend! And here’s something that ought to appeal to you: there is a WP plug-in that allows you to insert footnotes into your posts. Real, honest-to-goodness footnotes, that link back up to the place you were reading in the main body of the post. Think about that. ;-)


  8. In fact, I have gotten duller. I blame the double-trouble of having two Aristotles in my blogroll, which caused me to overlook listing you here. My, I could barely handle one Aristotle before, and now I have to deal with two! :-)

    (And I am very glad to have returned, too.)


  9. Thanks! Your ever sharp comment will have me hearing King Macbeth’s witches all day: “Double, double toil and trouble.”

    Two many Aristotle’s. But I think the second one coined that ruling icky term in your title here:



  10. Well, I’m using Episcopalian daily readings books for these things, so I’m never sure how these things line up.

    Have a blessed memorial day of Ephrem the Syrian. He’s a bit mystical for me.


  11. Well, are the naysayers (TC, ElShaddai, Jim) happy now? Behold, I have posted — and intend do so again and again in coming days! ;-)

    Kevin> Thank you kindly! And I haven’t forgotten that I owe you a phone call.


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