Site Update

site maintenance…sorry

September 7th, 2009

We just upgraded to the latest version of wordpress, and in the process lost some recent changes to the site. We’ll get it sorted out soon. Isn’t this a sad, generic look? Here, I’ll try to spice it up with a picture of Dr. Winnicott.

Photo 101

site update

June 9th, 2009

Look at all the strange new things going on here! Shawn changed the header up there today. And the new wordpress magician, Alison Abreu-Garcia, has numbered the comments and done a bunch of other little things.

More change is afoot! But don’t worry, we’re just kinda playing around and trying things out.

Thanks to everyone who sent resumes and websites in response to our search for a wordpress helper. By way of introducing Alison, I just have to show you the link she sent in her email. Go here, then click on ” where it says “If your name is alison bechdel, click here.” That just kinda won me over. So, welcome Alison A-G.

Is everyone on board with starting the discussion of THe Little Stranger on 6/28? NLC, thanks for the link to the NPR interview with Sarah Waters today.

blogging about blogging about blogging

September 18th, 2007


Man! I agree with Aunt Soozie that the metablogging gets tiresome, so I’m sorry to have started it. I’m also very sorry that some peoples’ feelings seem to have gotten hurt by my last post and its ensuing comments. But I’m not sorry about my original suggestion–which was just that, a polite suggestion–not a rule–to keep comments to a reasonable length. I think we all have a sense of what reasonable length is. I have no plan to impose any word limits. Or to stop posting myself.

I’m very touched by how passionate readers are about this forum. I’m aware that there’s a delicate fusion going on–that part of why you come here is to see my work, but the other part is that you like who else you find here. And I sure don’t want to screw that up.

Just for fun, I’m making this post comment-proof.


September 16th, 2007

Okay, I’m finding myself in a similar state to the one I was in last spring when I suggested the fateful “open thread” idea. Then I framed it as a concern that an in-group atmosphere on the blog might inhibit newcomers. But now I have a more particular take on the matter.

I’m deeply grateful to everyone who comes here and participates in this conversation. I’m very aware that the blog wouldn’t be here without you. And I’m loathe to inhibit anyone’s expression in any way. But I do feel that when some people post frequently and Read the rest of this entry »

Site Server Status

June 22nd, 2007

[Update: Site visitor “Yoj La Rosz” provided a more effective Google cache search which resulted in a more complete reckoning of the commentary on DTWOF Episode #509. Thank you very much.]

[Update: Post and comment restore complete. Thank you for your patience.]

Hello DTWOF readers. The server encountered a glitch last night. I’m currently working to re-upload the missing posts and comments. I am sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this resolved shortly.

Thank you for your patience.


blogito, ergo sum

May 21st, 2007

me reading blog

Okay, I kind of hate to bring this up again, but it’s been hanging over my head for a long time and I just want to be done with it. Remember my “open thread” suggestion of April 10 which peeved many readers? I quickly put the kibosh on it, but your comments, pro and con, went on for some time, and I promised that I’d post my own “formal response” after I’d mulled over everyone’s ideas.

“What is the purpose of this blog?” I asked myself. “To whom does it belong? What constitutes ‘off-topic’ when my own posts are often quite frivolous?” And after protracted and deliberate consideration, I replied to myself, “I have no fuckin’ idea.”

I’d sort of like to leave it at that. But before I do, here are a few stray thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

some changes

April 25th, 2007

Man. I don’t even know where to start. I’ve been working on a post about the blog for days, and it’s about 12 pages long and completely disjointed. But before I get to that, I have to make an announcement. I’ve made the very difficult decision to temporarily cut back to one new Dykes to Watch Out For episode every four weeks, instead of every two weeks. I’ll be interspersing these new Read the rest of this entry »

blogsisential crisis

April 16th, 2007


Here I am shoveling through a wall of wet snow at an ugodly hour this morning so I could drive to the airport and NOT fly to Pittsburgh. My flight from Burlington was delayed so long that I wasn’t going to get there in time to speak tonight, if at all. So I came home.

We’re going to reschedule my visit to Carnegie Mellon for some time in the next month–I’ll keep you posted.

I haven’t been ignoring the recent flap here about my Open Thread idea. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m still working on a coherent response, and will post it soon. In one way, there’s not a lot to say. It was a flawed solution to an ill-defined problem. Many commenters had a strong reaction against it. It’s gone.

But reading your ensuing discussion about the nature of blogs and online communities, I realized that I’ve never had a very clear idea about the purpose of this one, or what my relationship is to it. That’s what I’m trying to formulate.