Shelly Bryant

Reposting: A Fresh Start

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This is reposted from my old blog.  I’ve imported the whole post, comments and all, into a single space here.  I’ve listed it here under its original date.

A Fresh Start

I’d like to say that it’s always nice to get a fresh start, but sometimes it’s just not.  Evidence of this rests right before your eyes:  I am getting a “fresh start” on my blog here, but not because I want to.  Instead, I’ve had some difficulties with my computer that ultimately have resulted in me losing things posted at my blog before those problems set in.  Apparently the files cannot be retrieved, and I am an idiot who doesn’t know how to do a proper backup.

And so…

I’ve revamped the site here, and plan to keep this blog as a part of the overall site.  You’ll still find my thoughts on books, movies, music, and everything else that really matters in life.  You can expect me to post roughly once a week.  I’ll have updates of what I am reading and viewing, perhaps some market updates for readers and writers of speculative poetry, and in between you’ll find whatever happens to float through my mind.

Thanks for popping in, and I’m sorry to anyone who has been watching for updates for the past 6 weeks or so.  I hope to see you back soon.

© 2009 Shelly Bryant

Saturday, August 15, 2009

9 Comments 
Nice, clean, well-structured – I wish every site I visited looked this good.
Sunday, August 16, 2009 – 11:49 PM
silken
it looks good. sorry you lost every thing! I had been checking in and it didn’t seem to be gone til I saw it today. but I know it will all be good, just frustrating to have to start all over when you had not planned on it!!
Monday, August 17, 2009 – 06:04 AM
Hi Jim, and thanks for feeding back on the site.  You got here quick!  I just got the new site up and running when you stopped in to comment.  Thanks for that.

Silken, it has been frustrating to lose it, but I guess I should be glad it forced me to change the look of things.  It’s probably better to have it laid out the way it is now.  Hopefully now that I have decided what I’ll be doing here, I can get back to regular reading and commenting at all of my favorite blogs too!

Monday, August 17, 2009 – 08:48 AM
Welcome back.  The place looks real nice.  For what it’s worth…you’re way ahead of me.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 – 04:00 AM
Thanks for stopping by, Pinhole.  I have been toying with the site a bit to see exactly how I want it to look.  I guess the good side is I’ve gotten rid of some clutter.  But I’d sure have liked to have not started from scratch!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 – 11:43 PM
The place looks nice. It’s also nice to have you back in the blogosphere.  It’s less nice to lose stuff posted here that wasn’t anywhere else. Otherwise, I hope you had a good summer.

Malcolm

Saturday, September 5, 2009 – 02:15 AM
Other than the computer woes, it really was a good summer, Malcolm.  I didn’t spend much time at all online (not unusual for me in the summer anyway), but life in the flesh was great.

I’m back in Shanghai now, giving me limited access to some sites.  I don’t know exactly when I will get caught up visiting other sites, but I shouldn’t have much problem posting here for now.  My Peregrine Online site is another story, though.

Saturday, September 5, 2009 – 10:55 AM
Hi Shelly,

Its a pity… I wrote a very deep, meaningful response to your Siddharta piece….warning you off The Glass Bead Game. It was a tiny masterpiece of mine, lost forever.  Good luck with the blog reconstruction …. always enjoy your stuff.

john davies

An Old Student of yours

Sunday, September 6, 2009 – 09:13 PM
Hi John,

Thanks for stopping in, and for taking the time to comment.

It’s been sad to me that I’ve lost the previous blog, especially the great comments that have been left there by some readers.   I guess the good side is that I have learned the trick required to do a full backup using my blogging software, instead of the partial backup that resulted in the loss of all the old material.  Sigh.

I’ve tried to gear the site more toward a writer’s site, and the blog will probably become more of a reader/writer’s blog, with less intrusion from my teaching persona.  I think it was already moving that way before I lost the old material, so I suppose this is a natural progression.

Do feel free to comment any time you stop in.  It’s always good to see you (even if not face to face).

Monday, September 7, 2009 – 08:36 AM
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