One of the many tasks I assigned myself over Thanksgiving weekend was to write another blog essay (blessay?) on a Tolkien-related topic.
As I was attempting to write said essay, I got progressively more and more fed up with WordPress. The editor wasn’t working correctly, the site was acting slow and wonky, and of course everyone who views my posts is given a bunch of ads to look at that are completely out of my control.
I’ve been thinking of moving to a new blogging platform, but the more I invest in this WordPress site, the harder it is to move just because of inertia (and also because of my loyal readers who are subscribed via WordPress and would cease getting updates if I moved platforms. Thank you, loyal readers!).
I realized that while I didn’t want to move the whole blog, I could easily move the Tolkien-related stuff. After all, I only have three published essays, with the aforementioned fourth still being written.
To make a long story short, my Tolkien essays are now hosted at, appropriately enough, https://tolkienessays.com.
It was an experiment with using a completely different hosting technology, GitHub pages, and I have to say I’ve learned a decent amount. It’s certainly not quite as polished as WordPress is, but it also actually works.
There are a few things that WordPress just handles which I haven’t figured out yet. The main one is new post notifications. As I only write a new essay once every other month or so, it’s not the sort of thing folks will be checking regularly. But I don’t have a mailing list or anything set up, nor does that sound like the sort of thing I want to manage myself (I used to manage a mailing list, once. Perhaps I’ll tell that story on this blog at some point).
So far, my solution is that when I post a new essay, I will also make a new post on this blog pointing to it (I’ve already modified my other three essays to point to the new site). That’s not an ideal solution for the person who’s only interested in Tolkien stuff, but hey. It’s a work in progress.
In any case, go check it out if you are so inclined, and hopefully soon I’ll have a new essay posted there. Worry not…it will be announced here as well.