A Reintroduction to The Grumbling Times
Since creating the first version of The Grumbling Times on Wordpress last August, my outlook on writing and the trajectory of my writings have changed substantially. I am enjoying writing much more than I thought I would initially, and I would like to think the quality of my writing has improved at the same time. At the time of writing, I have made four contributions to The Mallard with plenty more ideas yet to be written; my third article did particularly well according to the metrics I can see.
I hope this does not sound too pretentious, but it is heartening that there is some conception of an audience to receive my ramblings. My following on Twitter and general significance (within the ‘Mallardsphere’ niche of the British right) might be negligible compared to my peers, but I am curious to see what else my mind can produce and if it could be appreciated by the right people.
In that regard, I am quite interested in the way Substack handles things like email newsletters and the syndication of content between Substacks, essentially the wider dissemination of information. It goes without saying that the right needs to think/read/write more in order to escape the present madness, but that should involve a fair amount of interaction/cooperation between likeminded people.
I also have a more pressing financial concern which has pushed me here from Wordpress. In April, Wordpress simplified their paid plans into one option. They left websites created before the change like mine on a 'legacy plan', but the language around their pronouncements suggests a when rather than if for these plans to become unavailable. If these 'legacy plans' disappeared for me, I would have to pay £195 annually to keep my current benefits and custom domain rather than £51 on the old plan. I shall have to sacrifice my independent domain name in my move to Substack, but I am not hedging my bets over whether they make the old plans unavailable one night and leave me substantially out of pocket.
The (New) Grumbling Times
First of all, it should be said that most of the content on the old version of the website shall not reappear here. Basically nobody read it anyway, and it mostly consisted of poorly defined thoughts. A couple of higher effort pieces will find their way over here in some form and I might return to historically esoteric local government organisation one day, but I intend this website to resemble my Mallard output far more.
The natural question from the previous paragraph is what the content on this website will be. After all, I remain committed to writing for The Mallard. It will be a bit eclectic, composed of shorter thoughts, unsuited or tangential to a full article, as well as far longer things which would not fit well with The Mallard. In particular, I am interested in exploring some more cultural and intellectual topics on here alongside my usual strengths of history and politics. Hopefully, one should be able to establish a good synergy (meant in the least cringeworthy way possible) between the output here, on The Mallard and on another as yet unannounced outlet. All that is required is my continuing motivation, which is easier said than done but something which can hopefully be sustained over the summer and beyond.
For now, my thoughts end here. Until next time.
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