I’ve been saying this for a long time, but I need to slow down. The time has come to put my words into action.
When I began this blog way back in 2011 I didn’t know what reaction I’d get. Ten years later, and exactly a week after my 10th anniversary, the blog passed half a million page views. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate people’s interest in what I write, even if they stumble on my blog by accident and never return.
For several years my intention was to stop writing when I reached my 10th anniversary. It would also be when I’ve reached an age when I can start thinking about early retirement. Reaching half a million page views is another reason why I’ve thought about it again – the 10th anniversary, half a million page views, entering my 60s. It seems an appropriate time to step back.
This has always been a hobby. I’ve never asked for money from readers and I don’t accept adverts (I’ve lost count of the ads that crop up masquerading as comments that I’ve deleted). So I’ve never made a living out of this, not even from my Olympic research which has been very popular from the start.
History should also be freely accessible without censorship (I leave that sort of manipulation of facts to politically left and right activists).
There has always been something in lgbt history that catches my eye when researching, and there’s so much more to find. With that in mind I want to reassure regular “fans” that I’ll still keep researching and writing – but not as often.
To ensure that at least one article appears each month, a list of birthdays will (hopefully) appear on the first day of each month or the last day of the previous month.
Fans of my annual Heraldic Alphabet, and I know there are many out there from the reaction I’ve received on social media, can expect another edition in June 2022.
The planned articles that will appear for the rest of this year are listed below. It is unlikely that this schedule will change.
11th September – 9/11 20th anniversary in memoriam.
1st October – list of October birthdays.
26th October – William and John: Part 5) Robin Hood.
1st November – list of November birthdays.
28th November – Advent 1: The first of my annual Christmas articles with an lgbt theme.
1st December – list of December birthdays.
5th December – Advent 2.
12th December – Advent 3.
19th December – Advent 4.
1st January 2022 – list of January birthdays.
A provisional list of proposed article for 2022 will appear at the beginning of January.
Thinking well ahead to 2023 I have begun research for a new series of “Around the World in 80 Gays”. The individual who will start and finish this circle of 80 connected lgbt people through time and location has already been chosen – the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Once again, thank you for showing an interest in my blog. I hope you return to check out the new articles when they are published.