My regards to my readers!

I greatly delight in the popularity of this blog, and hearing that people find it (and the things on my bombaxo website) useful. I appreciate all the comments and the links and all of the email I’ve received from all of you.

Looking through my statistics for July, I was amazed to see the variety of places that people are checking in from. Below is the list of countries of my readers coming from everthing outside of .com and .edu addresses, in descending order of the number of addresses from each.

Thank you all for reading! Send me a message sometime, if you haven’t already!

United Kingdom
Australia
Netherlands
Denmark
Canada
Germany
Brazil
Malaysia
Czech Republic
Israel
Italy
Russian Federation
Non-Profit Organization
Greece
Poland
Argentina
France
Sweden
US Government
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Japan
Switzerland
Norway
Ireland
Finland
Belgium
China
Old style Arpanet (arpa)
Hungary
US Military
India
Romania
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
United States
Mexico
Portugal
South Africa
Philippines
Indonesia
Taiwan
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Estonia
Turkey
Chile
Austria
Latvia
Yugoslavia
Spain
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Moldova
Colombia
Ukraine
Trinidad and Tobago
Lebanon
Bulgaria
Pakistan
Saudi Arabia
Thailand
Iceland
Luxembourg
Dominican Republic
Fiji
Bahamas
Honduras
Seychelles
Egypt
Jordan
Belarus
Syria
Uruguay
Lithuania
Kenya
Cambodia
Korea (South)
Aruba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Hong Kong
Cayman Islands
Morocco
Niue
Peru
Cyprus
Ghana
Nicaragua
Viet Nam
Zambia
International (int)
United Arab Emirates
Netherlands Antilles
Costa Rica
Laos
Monaco
Macedonia
Nepal
Tuvalu

Ugh

My apologies again, everyone. I realized that my import of the correctly formatted unicode-compliant XML backup of my blog entries, comments, etc, actually created new page addresses so that all links to my pages were broken. How rude!

So, I’ve reloaded a database copy with the right numbers (fortunately I’ve kept them), and will deal with the unicode mess later, so all the Greek and Hebrew texts are messed up at the moment, temporarily. I noticed that some early posts on the blog are now out of order, too, which is weird, and I can’t tell when that happened, but it must’ve been in one of my earlier moves.

Back in business

Well, I think everything’s fixed now. If anyone runs into anything unusual, please let me know.

Here’s a tip for other WordPress users who are moving their blog from one site to another: backups directly from the database don’t work. They don’t import properly in Unicode again, which is very frustrating. The thing that works is the WordPress RSS Export and Import. Only it will both export and import Unicode. So now we know!

Happy blogging, all!

Hold that thought!

Because I’m in the midst of moving my domain to a new hosting service, I’ve disabled comments for the time being. I don’t want anyone’s comments to get lost in the shuffle. I’ll turn them back on as soon as everything’s moved. So, if you want to leave a comment, just keep it in mind and post it later. I expect everything to be fully back to normal by the end of this coming Monday.

Thank you all for your patience!

Late summer cleaning

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 . . . .

Changes

You might have noticed a slight change to the appearance of this blog, or will have found out through the rude mechanism of the xml feed disappearing on you (pardon me while I snicker!). There are links to RSS2 feeds for the Posts and Comments in the sidebar.

Anyhow, like Tyler at Codex, I’ve changed the blog from running on Blogger to WordPress. This will entail some more tweaking to get things entirely as I like them, but it’s already clear that this is a much better blogging engine than Blogger, even if it’s not quite as easy to use. Overall, though, I’m quite happy with the results!

So, if anyone runs across some part of the blog that’s not working correctly, please let me know. I’ll (try to) fix it.

UPDATE 26 Feb 4:00 PM:
The multiply talented and ever-helpful Tyler sent me the incantation bowl spell that will forward the folks using my old feed to the new one. Nifty! So, I hope you can all see this, or I’ll have to break another bowl….

Beginnings

(Wow, is this thing actually working? Hello?)

Okay.

Welcome, reader, to my brand new blog, biblicalia. You might be able to tell from its name that the primary subject will be Biblical Studies (biblica), and other stuff (alia), including, but not limited to, Classics, Poetry, Patristics, Assyriology, Judaica, Early Christian Studies, Apocalypticism, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, general and specific bibliophilia, not necessarily in that order, and all according to my opinion (which is, of course, always perfectly correct and beyond reproach).