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Summary for the week ending Feb 19, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 19th, 2017.

Been working through the site, cleaning import cruft and so forth. Still lots to do, but things keep getting more and more sorted. Traffic took a big hit, as expected, when the new site came into production, but it’s been picking up again as cruft is cleared and pages come back. Finished migrating Beth Kimbell’s blog, and am close to having all the posts from Colin Campbell’s moved. The list of new pages on the site has been taken over by repeated “sidebar” links, as I’ve been adding new navigational sidebars to lots of multi-part documents; but it looks amusingly like the same thing listed over and over. There was no mail call last week as I was stuck on the mountain, so nothing new via post; but I should have some fun stuff if I make it to town tomorrow.

Reached over 93 followers for Valentine’s Day on the new Hermetic Library presence on Instagram, which is, of course, arbitrarily appropriate.

Very slowly gaining subscribers to the as yet still nascent email list. Also noticed a few people dropping in to the new Hrmtc Underground voice chat, though I’m not able to hang out there much yet while I’m still on satellite Internet.

This week, I also created an online form so people could submit idea pitches for reviews, stories and articles for the blog. This is something I’ve been hoping to get to eventually. Thanks to the erudite and elegant Patron, Funding and Featured supporters of Hermetic Library and my work, a rank of excellence you could easily join, I’m just about able to afford starting this process! I’ve talked about this a lot as something I wanted to be able to do, and we’re just getting to the point where it will be possible.

Part of this is also thinking how to handle the submission workflow, and I think I’ve got that sorted out in my mind well enough to get things moving smoothly if submissions start rolling in. Whew! Build it, and they will come? I’m ready … I think. Egad, what have I done?!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Feb 12, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 12th, 2017.

Slow week on the blog, but I’ve been doing a bunch of work on cleaning cruft on the site, getting things sorted again, including some work on entries in the new Hermeneuticon pages. I also have been moving posts from the blogs of Colin Campbell and Beth Kimbell into their Fellows pages, as we’re decommissioning their old WordPress blogs. I continue to use the new Hermetic Library account on Instagram, and I’ve been posting some of the usual stuff, but so far I’ve also posted occasional pictures of the library cats and stuff I’ve gotten in the mail. After thinking about it, I also set up a Discord server for the Hrmtc Underground, which I probably won’t be able to use much until I can ditch the satellite Internet, which I’ve been stuck with up here on the mountain, for something reliable and usable (which is suddenly available now, after watching the telco install wires for months and months, as soon as I can afford it!); but check it out (and if you’re a Patron, you can hang out in the Patron Lounge!). There’s now 4 people signed up for a theoretical email newsletter, which I’ll start using when there’s 93 people subscribed … so, get in on that to get it started!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Feb 5, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 5th, 2017.

I started Hermetic Library on Instagram this weekend. Consider checking that out and following along, if you like.

What winter storm, comrade? I am quite warm.

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I’ve had an account set up for Hermetic Library on TinyLetter for quite some time. I’ve not started to use it, but I’ve been contemplating the idea of using it for something. I could just use it to post the weekly summary to email, but I generally like doing something a little different for each channel I use, though there’s always some overlap. So, I’ve been thinking about something like weekly email letters with a couple of paragraphs of ramble about something I’m thinking. Maybe something I’ve been reading made me think of something that I’ll write about; or there’s something on the site that I’ve been working on that caught my mind for a moment and I’ll write about that. Maybe I’ll write poetry or start doing some art that I’l post. Maybe there will be some other special stuff I come up with just for those following via email. I don’t know! But, I’ll tell you what: If I get 93 subscribers to the email list, I’ll start using it. I’ll aim for weekly email letters. And, as long as there’s at least 93 people listening, I’ll keep going. Help get that started by signing up!

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In the back of my head I’ve been flirting with the idea of setting up regular office hours, and a periodic voice conference; probably using a hypothetical Hermetic Library server on Discord, which I haven’t set up yet. Perhaps active participation will be for Patrons, but open for everyone to listen in. I might also record my side as a video and post that after. I wonder if that’s something that could be a thing. I’ll keep thinking about it, unless, you know, I end up just doing it. Now I’m just speculating, but I can imagine all kinds of vloggish things I could do (or a call in talk show?!), but if you’ve thoughts about that, or ideas you’d like to suggest, or if you’re into participating, then let me know!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Jan 29, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending January 29th, 2017.

Hey, did you see that the new site has a sitemap so you can see just how far deep and wide you can go down the rabbit hole? Check it out. Also, for the crazy awesome few, there’s also an RSS feed of site changes! Fire up your RSS reader. I’ve also added these links to the main sidebar on the site.

I’m super embarrassed how far behind I’m on the next postal exchange boxes, both as Patron rewards and as a perk from the 2016 Funding Campaign. It’s been slower than I ever imagined gathering the goods, especially after I had to move to the mountains. But, this is on my mind as I’m working on getting these awesome boxes done and wanted to ask if you’d help.

Are there any esoteric or occult venues, vendors, gallery showings, or bookshops in your neighborhood, would you consider grabbing any swag they offer, like cool or interesting event flyers, postcards, bookmarks, or anything like that as well? Feel free to give my contact information to them, if they’d like to get in touch directly. Or, do you make something that you think would be fun or cool that you’d be interested in sending so that I can share that with others?

If you need it, I keep my current contact information, including postal address, updated on the library contact page.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Jan 22, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending January 22nd, 2017.

Well, the big news, really, for me, at least, is that Magick, Music and Ritual 12 is now available for download and streaming from a swath of services, such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and more. Huzzah!

Of course, being on streaming services doesn’t really support anyone other than the service, but hopefully this will help get the anthologies, artists and library more exposure; and lead some to search us all out online.

Still, the best way to get anthologies is to become a Patron. For just $1/mo, Patrons get gratis downloads for each newly released album, which last year was two (library and Odd Order), and all new digital publications, which last year was 2 zines and 1 collected volume of Aethyrs. Plus, new Patrons get a gratis download of any one previous anthology release. That’s a whole lot of value, not to mention that being a Patron helps keep me be of service as librarian and the the library online and growing.

But, wow, having MMR 12 out in wide release to all those services feels like such a huge milestone. Something I’ve hoped to do since the first issue, and I hope to keep doing for each new release as well as fill in all 11 other past issues.

Now, it’s also super easy to introduce people to the anthologies, and the library: just have them fire up a browser or any of their streaming apps, and search for “Hermetic Library Anthology” … and kapow! Shazam! Xyzzy! No, really. Please do that. Introduce all your friends. Play it for your neighborhood. Shout it from the roof and mountain and pyramid tops!

Please? Pretty Please?! I’m begging you!

 

There was also, you may have heard, a rather phenomenal march, world-wide, on every continent, this week, to the participants of which the library shouts, WELCOME WOMAN STAR!

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Jan 15, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending January 15th, 2017.

A bunch of new subject matter in Forms and Fellows announced this week to check out, most of which I was working on for a while that went into production with the new site but a few completely new. There’s definitely a trade-off with the new site: there’s less craft and artistry to making pages, but that also means pages can be made a bit faster.

Two completely new Aleister Crowley books from the collected works are online: Oracles: The Biography of an Art and Alice: An Adultery. I also added Aleister Crowley’s essay Berashith: An Essay on Ontology. Most of the material contained in these resources was written in the curious period between Aleister Crowley’s first initiation into Golden Dawn, but before the Thelemic period that began with the 1905 reception of Liber AL. Lots of interesting things to check out there, including, to mention only one, Venus, a poem written in a temple of Crowley’s oft-forgotten Enochian-inspired pre-A∴A∴ order Lamp of the Invisible Light.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Jan 8, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending January 8th, 2017.

Outwardly it’s been, comparatively, a little slow this week, but I’ve mostly been working on cleaning up the crappy import cruft on the new site, getting pages pretty again. I forget just how much material there is at the library, until moments like these when I’m going through and touching every single page, like when I first took over the site. Of course, there’s more than double the pages since 2009, so … I don’t know what I was thinking!

I’ve started to announce some of the new sections that I’d been adding to the development site, but are now in production. Links to those will start to show up in the next summary.

After moving the pages from the Hermeneuticon wiki over to the new site, I’ve also been thinking more about how to work that into things again. I’ve slowly been getting my thoughts about that organized, and there’s some changes there, which haven’t been announced yet. But, you can take a look.

I think there’s a lot of use and value to be had from the various indexing possibilities, not the least of which is the long desired metadata and concordance projects. I’ve got to figure out how to integrate those again on the relevant pages, and that’s probably going to involve building a custom Dokuwiki plugin to programatically place relevant links on pages.

I suppose I’ve also been hoping to better integrate the Hrmtc BBS as a discussions area for the main site. Way back, I’d been working on integrating the forums from WordPress / BuddyPress, when I was trying to get that going at Hrmtc Underground. But, after getting the Discourse based BBS going, I didn’t ever get embedded discussions on the main site going. I’ve never intended to use the wiki’s own discuss link thingy, which I find to be awful both functionally and aesthetically.

I’m starting to ramble. This week up on the mountain, it’s been snowing and freezing. Lost power several times briefly, and for a few hours last night. Satellite Internet goes down, until I can clean off the dish long enough for the signal to return to strength. All that kind takes the wind out of being able to focus on the site, or even being able to access it remotely at all. But, I think I’ve been able to get a lot done this week in spite of the stormy skies.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.