OK, so the blog isn't 'all-new' exactly. But bits of it are new, honestly. I've changed the design of the site, for instance. What do you think? I haven't quit decided if I like it yet, so I might still change back, but it seems kind of restful, I reckon.
The other thing that's prompted some changes is that while I was having my house-moving semi-sabbatical earlier this year, Typepad (my hosts) introduced the facility to have extra pages on the blog, just like it's a real web site, and I've been scratching my head trying to decide what's the best way to make use of this.
What I've decided, as a starter at least, is to upgrade my various links. So instead of a short list of 'popular posts' in the sidebar, there's now a whole page of links to all my previous posts that are even remotely worth reading (apart from a few that are out of date) with a brief description of each one to help you decide if you want to take a look at it or go back to Google instead. Regular readers will know that I've covered all manner of spirituality, self-development, and just plain bizarre subjects including enlightenment, the law of attraction, living in the moment, Deeksha, the Quantum Light Breath, Eckhart Tolle, Conversations With God, What The Bleep Do We Know?, Richard Dawkins, science & spirituality, how to deal with difficult emotions, web 2.0, moving house, repairing a bed, Halloween, winning a million, and even how to slow down time! So get browsing now and find out what you've been missing...
The other main thing I've done is to upgrade my list of other blogs which you might want to look at. My 'eclectic collection' of links had got a bit long and a bit out of date, and the longer a list like that gets, to be honest, the less user-friendly it becomes. So I've done the same thing with this as I've done with the popular posts. I've taken it out of the sidebar and given it a page (actually two pages) of its own, with a brief description/mini-review of each of the blogs to help you decide if you might want to give them a try.
As spirituality lies at the heart of this blog, I've given spirituality (and self-development) blogs a links page all of their own - with a separate page for the other blogs that I visit. Time has taken its toll, though, and some of the blogs in the original list are no longer being updated. Forgetful God, the Modern Humanist, the Accidental Blogger and even the mighty Battle Rocker no longer seem to be writing, sad to say. Hopefully at least some of them will return to the fold (having taken a well-deserved break) and I can put them back on the list. But with a couple of honorable exceptions which have been quiet for a month or two, all the linked blogs on the new pages are current.
It was often difficult to decide how to categorize the blogs on the list, especially - in some cases - when choosing between spirituality blogs and personal blogs, as some are plainly both. So if your blog is on the list and you'd rather be categorized elsewhere (or indeed described rather better!) then just get in touch and I'm sure we can work something out. Similarly, if your blog has disappeared from the list and you'd really, really like it back on, then just let me know. Like I say, blogs have mainly been left off because they're no longer being updated, but in a few cases they've disappeared because they've changed their nature since I first included them.
I'd like to further develop the list of spirituality (and personal self-development) blogs, so if there's a blog you'd like to see included there (either your own or someone else's) do get in touch and I'll see what I can do.
You can access all these lists from the sidebar - along with an entirely separate project, the Personal Development List, a mega list of personal development blogs which is the brainchild of Priscilla Palmer of Personal Development Demands Success.
I'll also be updating the links to useful web sites and making a few other changes shortly, so watch this space for further developments...
Have I talked enough about my blog for now? I think so.