This blog may be in for a bumpy ride over the next couple of days, as I’m transferring to a new hosting provider. There might be some time in which it is down or acting oddly, for which I apologize. I expect everything to go smoothly, but one never knows.
So, if there are problems, please be patient.
I unfortunately just had a database mess that wiped out all my categories, which I had to restore manually. The things we do for love! I think everything is back to working fine now, though.
Please let me know if you run into any peculiarities.
I’ve been pruning the blogroll bush to reflect my current reading habits more accurately. A number of blogs that I once was accustomed to checking daily have so dropped in frequency of posting as to be on extended hiatus, while others have simply closed up shop, so to speak, including a number of blogs written by fellow Eastern Orthodox Christians that I very much enjoyed, while others are threatening to do so. This, I must say, I feel to be a positive reflection on the spiritual state of those authors who’ve chosen to move away from blogging. Real life is, after all, not a collection of bits and photons, but of bodies and souls, the latter hopefully infinitely more luminous than their physical counterparts in the former pair.
I want also to welcome my new readers, of whom I’ve noticed there has been an increasing number lately. I’m happy to welcome you all, and will attempt to make it more worth your while with more frequent postings soon. Some rather pressing offline (i.e., real life) obligations make this difficult at the moment. I crave your patience, indulgence, and even your prayers, if one is permitted to be so blatantly greedy, particularly for a certain intention which I am far too nervous about to explicitly mention. I’m sure such will help. I am ever ready to reciprocate, of course, if you ask. I am far from a prayer warrior, more like a prayer sub-clerk to the third assistant quartermaster, but every little bit helps, as I know from the direct and surprising experience of immediately answered prayer, which is another story, for another time . . . .
I’ve just changed my plugins that have been keeping out comment spam. If any of my readers have trouble commenting or viewing anything, please just email me (the address is at the top of the right column on every blog page). Switching these kinds of things seldom goes without a hitch, but it seemed better than what I had in place before. Those irksome “type in a difficult-to-read combination of uppper/lower-case letters/numbers” things were blocking too much, and no doubt annoying those of you trying to comment, for which I beg forgiveness. If everything still works, we should be set, and you won’t have to type anything except your name and email. One of the things this change has done is re-enable links from those who’ve linked to different posts to show up in the comments. I had only noticed a few days ago that this was no longer happening.
Thanks for your patience! Please do let me know if you experience any difficulties.
I was offline for the last couple days reloading my laptop from scratch. Most everything’s back in its usual splendid working order. I’ll be getting back to the Apophthegmata Patrum tomorrow.
You’ve all survived a year of this blog!