Okay, I have basically no idea what’s going to happen now. That’s always a good way to start a post.
A few people said to me that they weren’t receiving email subscriptions from my blog. Those for whom the problem was recent (only the last couple of posts) are probably suffering the effects of my own incompetence in failing to update a plugin; those for whom it’s been a more long-lasting trouble, I don’t know. Sorry.
It explains why I was getting next to no comments on each post — illustrated by my pure glee yesterday when I received comments from four entire people on my latest post, practically unheard-of these days — and why my page views had dropped substantially. Though I try and keep my mind focused on content rather than on numbers, it’s disheartening when I put time and effort into writing only to find that I’m shouting into a void.
And of course, there was the fact I lost so many email subscribers when I migrated my blog. But a couple of days ago I discovered that you can transfer your followers (I probably should have looked that up when I did the move), and I did that. Well, actually, a nice man called Jeremy from WordPress did that, since I didn’t manage it.
Which may mean that I now have 180 people here who never wanted to be here in the first place and/or are inactive accounts. Feel free to leave. I’m sorry. But hopefully it will mean that people who tried to subscribe and yet only received messages from my old blog should actually get posts from here.
I figured a few people might not realised they missed anything, so I decided to do a quick overview of my last ten posts. This is going to take us back quite a way, since I blogged more infrequently than usual during my exams period.
If you only received some of these, but you’re getting this loud and clear in your email inbox, I’d love it if you could give me a comment (or a Facebook message or a tweet or an email or a clay tablet carried by a very strong pigeon) so that I know it’s working again, and while you’re about it, why not check some of them out? :)
Right, let’s take a look.
In my last post, All The World’s A Stage, I talked about Shakespeare and how much I love it, as well as its relevance in the modern age and the fact that most performers take it too seriously.
Before that, I discussed how my journals ensure that I Know Where I’ve Been, in relation to my mental health and the huge improvement it’s made over the last few months.
This came promptly after a post wherein I fangirled about Orphan Black, as well as giving a few brief updates about my current activities. This involves a wardrobe clearout, hence why the combination of a show about cloning and a few updates on me prompted the title Dress Like You’re Nine Different People.
Most people saw my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post, in which I examined the age-old question To Adapt Or Not To Adapt? This post explored adaptations of books in general as well as speculating about my own work’s potential for adaptation.
And a number of people expressed interest in the Vocabulary Juxtaposition Writing Challenge I set a week before that, though in the end I only had two participants. For those who didn’t notice the announcement in a later post, I figured a deadline was unnecessary, so if you still want to give it a go, send me your contribution and I’ll read it!
I gave you some updates about my exams as well as alerting you to the sample poems I’ve uploaded to my blog in Sampling My Dragons.
Before that, I discussed the role of poetry in expressing things we otherwise keep secret, and decided that Poets Are Just Secrets Hookers. Word whore and proud.
My post about Icelandic Sagas In London was tweeted by the organisers of the event it described, so quite a few people saw that one, but I think possibly very few of my regular readers caught it — I’m not sure why. It was a description of an event I went to at the British Museum.
Rereading Lament by Maggie Stiefvater brought back infinite memories of the thirteen-year-old me who first read it. She’s a girl I mostly try to forget, but it was interesting to reflect on the book, since if I picked it up now I’d probably not see anything worth raving about it, whereas it had a profound impact on my life at the particular moment I read it. It was like being transported back to 2009, hence the title Travelling Through Time With Maggie Stiefvater.
And finally, the tenth post in this retrospective post, I voted for the first time while suffering from a surfeit of revision and other exam preparation, but still found time to enjoy the emotional reaction of my beta readers to one of my books, as well as getting new glasses and watching the Hannibal series 2 finale. That one was Voting For The Emotional Destruction Of Revision.
Now that email subscriptions should (fingers crossed) be working again, I’d like to apologise to anyone who was subscribed to my old blog but who made a conscious decision not to subscribe to the new one, as they may have found themselves forcibly subscribed again. Feel free to unsubscribe immediately — a side effect of fiddling with the follower settings, I’m afraid.
I hope to have more of you on board as I continue to blog through the summer!