So, here are some announcements for the regular readers of this blog. You may notice some big changes coming, and perhaps a little chaos too, which always comes in the midst of change. I’m soon going to be redesigning and overhauling this website, and my online presence in general. This has been coming for a long time, and only recently have I begun to make concrete decisions about what direction I want to take this site.

The last overhaul this site had was in September of 2014, nearly three years ago. I replaced the clunky old WordPress theme I was using before with what you see now, which was state of the art…in September 2014. At that time, I was heavily promoting this blog as a one-stop shop for articles on history, books (my own and others), movies, climate change and numerous other subjects I’m interested in. While I’m certainly going to be continuing the blog, the focus, however, is going to change along with the appearance.

The major change in focus is that I’m soon going to be offering online interactive history classes on a host of subjects. I’m still working on how to roll this out, and you will, of course, learn about it first here (probably very soon). These will not be merely static video lectures, but actual online courses you can take, through Google Hangouts (free software), where you can participate, ask questions and read actual primary source documents provided by me. Some subjects I’m thinking of covering include Thomas Jefferson, the Watergate scandal, and certain topics in environmental and climate change history. One-off classes, sessions of about 2 hours to be held on weekends or evenings, will be $25; there’s also a six-week course on the American Revolution in the works. Keep checking back here for more details!

In the meantime, as I plan this overhaul, don’t be surprised if things look a little strange for a while. A website overhaul is always a tricky thing and there are bound to be some rough edges, as there were in the 2014 transition. Nevertheless, I soon hope you’ll see a new, with a great new look, some new offerings, and still all the fun articles from the past as well.

I’m reminded of that scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture where Scotty tells Captain Kirk how they’ve just spent 18 months redesigning the starship Enterprise. This transition won’t take that long!

In the meantime, thank you to everyone who continues to read, visit and enjoy what I do here. This blog has always been a community, and it will continue to be so. Cheers!

For the record, the header image is The Construction of the Sanctuary of the Charity of Illescas by Alejandro Ferrant (1844-1917).

The header image is in the public domain. I am not the uploader of the YouTube clip embedded here.