The regular and the eagle-eyed of Field Readings readers may have noticed some tinkering happening around these parts recently. This is because I’ve been rethinking what Field Readings is, and that I wanted this online space of mine to be more like an actual website than just a blog. Messing with it helped me make some decisions, but as editing in WordPress tends to need to be done live, on repeat visits over the last week some of you might have seen some of that editing taking place.
The upshot of all this is that I have decided to make Field Readings redundant. I’ve been using that moniker here for the last 5 years, and I came to the conclusion that a separate identity seemed artificial and didn’t make sense for me anymore. Finding that nigelball.co.uk had come back on the market since I last looked sealed the deal.
I chose a WordPress theme that I could customise to be as simple and straight-forward as possible, with each new page created from a blank template, (is that an oxymoron?). I find many of the template layouts available in different themes on WP too complex for what I need. As a result, the site now has a formal homepage, a fuller ‘about me’ section, a page dedicated to my research projects, and a contact section that doesn’t use my email address, (meaning less inbox spam).
All Field Readings posts are still available, but under their own Writing page rather than via the homepage. I will keep the Field Readings domain assigned to this site though, as I know that some people have Field Readings URLs posted elsewhere as links to specific articles I’ve written.
I apologise if coming here over the last few days was off-putting, or if everything looks a little different now. In reality though, there’s not a major difference in regard to the blog part of the site, and the sort of stuff that was being posted to Field Readings will continue to be posted.
So, Field Readings is dead—love live Field Readings.