I’m at a turning point with this blog, and am not quite sure where to go with it. I started it in 2008, so it’s acquired an awful lot of material over the years, but the theme I used is no longer supported by WordPress, and since I’m finding it impossible to get the kind of support they used to provide (it seems that WordPress, like so many other great things offered by the Internet, has become almost totally focussed on money-oriented sites), I’m going to have to do it all over again with another theme, risk transferring it to another theme (I’m no whiz at this stuff), or let it go entirely. Recently I tried to add a widget which screwed up the home page, turning three columns into two, and all efforts to get help on fixing it have failed.
Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future as I remain in a quandary. So I’m letting my readers, my very dear readers, know what’s going on, or rather, what isn’t going on, in case we all wake up one day and politicworm is gone. If there’s anything here that you’d want to save, perhaps now would be the time. Most concerning to me is that I don’t know who most of you are, so if the site does go down, I don’t know how to reach you when the book is ready, or I’ve managed to create another site (though I’ll do what I can to keep the name politicworm).
Right now I’m putting what time and energy I have into the book, so I haven’t had the kind of time I used to have to create these essays. And if I was ever good at “multi-tasking,” those days are gone forever. I’m not quite to the point of nodding as I knit by the fire (meaning the TV), but I’m getting there.
I’m so grateful to you all. I wish there was a quick and easy and cheap way to get the truth about Shakespeare out to the world, but I do think we’re getting there. 400 years is an awfully long time to wait.
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would be a shame to lose you and your great intelligent commentary…so hang on if you can…as someone new to the blog can I ask about the book? If it was just (just!) a more full expansion of the blog over the years that would be excellent….but perhaps another twig of the tree?
Use a web site downloader to download all the content of the site. I’ve used this in the past: http://www.httrack.com/
Your analysis is is incredibly thought-provoking and articulate. If you do choose to move to a different medium, do you have a back-up of all of your blogs which you could re-post? Since I became interested (obsessed) with the authorship issue, I often dream about a website where we have (1) collections of timelines for subjects/people (Queen E., Cecil, de Vere, etc.) which could be compared to find links; (2) links to source material and (3) collections of writings by authorship experts, such as your blog entries. Anyway, let us know what you decide with this website.
We’ll meet in Portland one day and weep over the stupid internet, but don’t go.
I look forward to your book. An invaluable resource would be the maintenance of all the materials from the Politicworm webpage permanently located on the SOF site.
Ditto to what Mike says. Perhaps this is a matter for the SOF committee presently devoted to preserving the Oxfordians’ institutional history / legacy. As for that “awful lot of material,” it is so compellingly interwoven and cohesive, it deserves preservation entire. I think of Milton’s wanting to leave something so writ to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it go.
And I too look forward to the book!
I agree that the information on this blog can’t afford to be lost, nor should it be unavailable on the web. I agree with the other writers: considering your legacy of connections to the SOF, Stephanie, can they not preserve your work on a new site? Would Mr. Hank Whittemore be able to help?
I agree that all the material and discussion on “Politicworm” must be preserved entire. And I agree that the best way of doing this would probably be to incorporate it into or via an internal link in another website, perhaps SOF (which would meet the criteria of being a financially viable site) or perhaps via a link or into Nina Green’s “oxford-shakespeare” site, where there’s a mass of documents relating to our studies that is equally vital for further research. The main thing is that it must be preserved.
Thanks Jan. I appreciate this. I’m not sure how the SOF could or would do that. As for Nina, as those who have spent a fair amount of time on her site will understand, silence is my best response.