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Moving… Again

No, I’ll still be in beautiful Statham, Georgia, but I’ve made the move to a self -hosted blog.  Below are a live link and the url.

Hardly the Last Word

As you’ll see fairly quickly, the look is cool, there’s a menu in the lower left corner so that each user can save your data for the sake of easy commenting and pick a color and background that suits the eyes, and I have some more control over the layout.

I know that I have a smart and dedicated readership, and I’m counting on both in this case.  Please update your links, and don’t think of this as goodbye so much as cut-and-paste.  There WILL be new material there before February 2009!


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New Home Page Up and Running

On my brother’s advice, I went ahead and registered the domain a while ago, and in the intervening time I’ve been putting together a new professional page.  So take a gander if you will, and if you have suggestions for the banner, do give them–I’m no graphic designer, and this fourth iteration of the banner graphic still does not please me.

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Conceding Defeat

I’ve had a good streak of consecutive posting days, but tonight I head into the mountains of West Virginia for six days.  I just don’t think I can get in a post a day there.  So goodbye, streak.

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A Shout-Out to the Dante Readers

My little site has been averaging more than eighty hits a day for a good week now, and my first impulse, of course, was to congratulate myself for writing such good material.  But a look at the numbers put me in my place–the real source of the new hits has been an influx of people running searches for Dante’s Inferno.  Apparently the image that I borrowed to illustrate my post on Dante’s Inferno this last summer has become the second image to pop up when one does a Google Image Search for “Dante’s Inferno.”  I don’t know if anyone stops to read my little post on that great poem, but a bunch of people have been looking at the diagram of Dante’s journey.

So thank you, Dante searchers.  I’m not too shallow to enjoy the increased hits.  While you’re here, why not read around some?


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Some time between my turning the laptop off this morning to get Micah ready for school and my sitting down at Panera to grade a couple papers before going to work at Bogart Library, the site’s hit counter went over ten thousand.  I’m in the five-digit club, it seems.

Now I know full well that the big boys in the blogosphere get ten thousand hits every couple hours, but I know even better that people who visit the big boys wouldn’t even be marginally interested in the things I write about.  So right now I thank the folks who read faithfully and who keep coming back to see what the wannabe-Thomist English teacher has to say for the day.  I’m no aestheticist, so I won’t pretend that I’d keep writing just for the beauty of my own prose; I’m writing for you folks who read the blog, and it’s for you that I keep thinking about how to make it better.  (My first step will be a cessation of 10-part series; that experiment is over, and it didn’t work.)

Since this post is a relatively personal one, I’ll go ahead and relay some good news from Gilmour world: the job at Emmanuel College for which I first applied in 2006 and which the school decided not to fund last year (when I was, as far as I can tell, one of the top prospects) is back on the table in budget meetings, and I’m headed out there November 5 to teach a session of the Composition Culture Fellows, the faculty training program that, if hired, I’ll be heading up.  It’s not an official campus visit, as funding for the position is not 100% solid yet, but it is a campus visit, and I can’t help but hope that a good performance on my part might help the money flow more freely.  Here’s hoping.


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Hardly the Last… Palavra?

I was looking at my site history between papers (halfway there–a solid afternoon tomorrow and a healthy Wednesday, and I should be done), and apparently somebody submitted one of my posts to a Google translator program to read it in Portuguese.  I don’t know why that strikes me as so cool, but it does.  The Internet is a most curious place.

That’s all.

[update: By “healthy Wednesday” I mean a Wednesday during which I’m over this blasted cold.  The rhinovirus is not my friend.]

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Just when I run out of scheduled posts…

I just realized that, if I’m going to hit my goal of at least one post per day in September, I’m not going to be able to lean on Plato readings any more–revision meetings start Monday, which means no new Republic readings.  Bummer…

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