The beginning of July! It is hard to believe, my gentle snowflakes, that we are already halfway through 2010; I am dismayed to contemplate just how long it has been since I have written anything of substance for your reading pleasure. But, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun; and when other, perhaps less congenial factors are added to the mix, its speed is known to reach levels that make the travel of light pale in comparison. And indeed, travel, illness, work, and study have defiantly joined themselves to the more pleasant business of life, thereby turning days into weeks and weeks into months at an astonishing pace. So it was that I woke up this morning to find that we are in the first weekend of July, and I decided that it would be expedient to write something today as a necessary first step towards a return to frequent posting.
Of course, as I remarked in my last post, silence in these quarters has certainly not meant inactivity: for one thing, research and paper writing have kept me quite busy of late, and I have also finally had the opportunity to turn my attention to a not inconsiderable backlog of projects that slumbered in various stages of completion. In particular, I employed some of the otherwise idle downtime brought about by ill health in the rather mechanical but necessary work of cleaning up some of the aftermath of the switch to WordPress: a great many (but by no means all) of the older posts were reformatted; internal links to other posts, which up till now had pointed back to the old blog, have been fixed; and broken image links have been replaced. While surely some deficiencies remain to be corrected, I think it safe to say that, a year later, the switch to WordPress is now substantially complete.
(It was for this reason, incidentally, that some of you regrettably had your feed aggregators flooded with older posts from The Voice of Stefan for a period of about two weeks. I apologize for this inconvenience, but I note that many of these posts were evidently read all the same: indeed, my blog traffic, which appears to have remained rather steady even in spite of total inactivity, doubled and even tripled when these posts hit the aggregators. Some of them were even linked!)
Working on matters of housekeeping has also given me an opportunity to evaluate my decision to switch to WordPress (at the instigation, you will recall, of such notorious online scourges as Nick Norelli and David Ker). On the whole, I am reasonably satisfied with my experience thus far, and yet there are some issues that make me uncomfortable enough to provoke a small crisis of faith in spite of my previous deuteronomistic experiences. Chief of all is the shocking discovery that WordPress automatically places ads between individual posts and their comments that can be seen by anyone who isn’t logged in. For those of us who dislike the idea, they offer a “No Ads” upgrade that runs $29.97 per year (and which they have the audacity to advertise with the line, “Because your message is yours”). Frankly, I am less than thrilled about the idea of having to spend my heard-earned cash to prevent automated ads from appearing on my blog, especially when such an amount could buy a book or two instead.
Such are my summer cogitations, my gentle snowflakes, and your comments on any and all of them would be gladly welcome.