I began this blog on the Autumnal Equinox in 2010 as a means of connecting with people, of getting my writing and my ideas out to the public for their genuine appraisal and I have certainly managed to do all of that. I first published my already well known essay The Key to the Order and Value of the English Alphabet (on the Equinox) and then in my first post on my new blog I began by making my ambition for the blog clear, saying,
“The purpose with which I have established this weblog is to provide a platform that I can use to publicize the many things that I have been working on.” I think that I have at least managed to do that.
As I approach the second anniversary of dgmattichakjr’s blog I have taken stock of how it has evolved and have decided to make a few changes to make it easier for you, the reader, to navigate around and find things. I was inspired by the fantastic post on The Naked Listener’s Weblog last month entitled You Don’t Blog? which was a comprehensive look at all things Blog and if you are a blogger it is a must read. The Naked Listener has even been kind enough to package his pearls of cyber wwwisdom into a handy PDF book that will become the viral bible of blogging I am sure.
Following his esteemed advice I have reconfigured the page a bit, moved my blogroll to its own page and started a top posts list on another page to make them more legible and to free up space in the widgets sidebar on the right. I have also removed some old pages that had gone well past their use-by date and, for the first time, have added an About D G Mattichak jr page so that my readers can have a place to contact me with their suggestions and criticisms.
I hope that this makes the blog a better experience for my visitors. I have become addicted to blogging and if a few days pass without making a post I start to get itchy fingers. I look back now on two years of blogging, on all of the things that blogging has given me the opportunity to write about and hope that I have it in me to keep writing as I have done. This blog has connected me with people everywhere and been, on occasion, the forum for some excellent debates and informative comments. I am looking forward to words that I have yet written here and hope that you are all still reading them in two years from now.