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Updates to the Blog, July 2021

This past weekend, I moved the hosting of this site to WordPress, and in the days since, I have been delighted with the results. The WordPress Happiness Engineers (especially Paul Jacobson) did an outstanding job of making this a smoother migration than I could possibly have imagined. With this migration, I wanted to point out a few changes effective today.

  • I have updated to a more modern theme for the site, one that is compatible with WordPress’s Gutenberg engine. So things may look a little different here, although I did my best to keep things organized in the same manner.
  • I have changed the 90-day limit for comments on a post, reopening it for all posts. Previously, after 90 days, comments closed on a post, but I decided that there were enough posts worthy of further comment so I opened it back up.
  • I revamped my About page, providing information about me, and the blog. Over the next week or so you should also see updates to the Contact page and my Bibliography page.
  • During 2021, I have been posting every day. So far that as amounted to nearly 200 posts in the first half of the year. Going forward, I still plan to try to post every day, but I’m not holding myself to post every day if I don’t have anything to write about that interests me. It means that there may be some days that you see nothing new from me. Even so, you should expect 3-4 posts per week in those conditions.
  • That said, beginning tomorrow (Friday) I am introducing a new weekly series I’m calling “Weekly Playbook.” Each week I’ll post and discuss a playbook that I use to try to be more efficient and productive with my time. As an example, the debut playbook will be about my morning routine. You can expect to find this every Friday. (I’ve got lots of playbooks so they should last a while.)
  • Finally, at the bottom of each post you’ll see a box like the one below. I don’t write here for money. This is a hobby, an avocation that I enjoy doing. I don’t have ads on the site; I don’t even have an Amazon affiliate link when I link to books. What this box is asking of my readers is two things, and I hope that they aren’t intrusive: (a) if you like the blog, subscribe, either by email or by following the blog in WordPress or through the RSS feeds; (b) if you enjoy what you read, tell your friends about it. That’s it.

I’d love to know what you think of the new theme, or anything other comment or feedback you have. I’ve been doing this for nearly 16 years now, but I am always open to learning and really want to improve.

Thanks again for reading!

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Some Site Updates

I have been self-managing this blog for nearly 12 years now. I enjoy writing here and interacting with everyone, but not so much the work that goes into keeping the site up-and-running. So, over the next few weeks, I will be transferring this site to a WordPress.com-managed site. I am doing this for several reasons:

  • To free up the time I currently spend managing the site and keeping it up-to-date on the back-end so that I can spend more time writing posts and replying to comments.
  • To (hopefully) see some performance improvements on the overall site.
  • To have a place I can go on rare instances where I need additional support on the site.

All of the above items should be relatively transparent. As part of this migration I will be migrating the entire site, including all 6,700+ posts, comments, etc. The domains that point to this site will continue to work (although when the domain is redirected, there may be a short period of down time). Subscriptions should also continue to work normally.

As part of the migration, I am looking find a more modern WordPress theme for the blog than the one I have been using for eight years now. Whatever I find will have a structural similarity to what I have today. It will just be a more modern theme that I don’t have to customize or maintain separately the way I do today.

I am working with WordPress support on this to make it as smooth as possible. I am starting to plan out the steps required to perform this migration, and build a timeline around that. There are a few unknowns. I don’t know, for instance, how long it takes to migrate a site. Once I have that plan finalized, I’ll provide another update to let you all know that I will be starting the migration process.

If all goes well, you should see no significant interruption on the site. Once the migration is completed, I’ll let you know, but you’ll probably know just by looking at the site with the new theme in place.

I’m looking forward to getting this done sooner rather than later because I really am tired of doing the maintenance work myself. I’d much rather spend that time writing here than poking around in the guts.

If anyone has questions about this migration, feel free to drop them in the comment.

I’m the newest interviewer/book reviewer for InterGalactic Medicine Show

Seeing as how I got the okay to make the announcement: I will be doing some interview and book review columns for Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. I’ll be doing the interview columns for the July and November issues of the magazine. I will be doing the book review columns for June and July. It’s pretty exciting for me not only because I get to interview some very cool people, but also because I once again have the opportunity to work with Edmund Schubert, editor of IGMS. Edmund bought my first story, “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” which appeared way back in the July 2007 issue of IGMS.

For the book review columns, I’m just pinch hitting for Alethea Kontis while she is off on a book tour for her novel, Enchanted.

There you have it. I’ll be sure to post a reminder when the issues with the interviews come out. And I’ll also post a reminder when the book reviews are online.