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Just stuff that is happening on the site on a day to day basis. Also, stuff that is happening in my life. Because just doing site news is boring.

Tusday 31st July

The user submissions page is up. Yes, yes, I know it was supposed to be done on Sunday, but I’ve been unwell for a couple of days, so had to leave it until today.

Let’s see how it goes anyway. I may even put up something myself.

Also, for those who might be interested, the USB is half price right now. It will be my birthday on Friday so it’s kind of a birthday sale I suppose.

£30 for around 2,800 ebooks – sounds like a good gift to me. Not for me obviously, because I already have them all – I’m getting a new keyboard.

The joke surrounding my birthday is that the gifts that I ask my kids to get me, will, for the most part, always be limited to a very few select items – either a mug, a book, a mouse, or a keyboard.

Well, I love having different mugs, but I have enough at the moment. The mouse I’m using is a cheap one that I love and am unwilling to change. I decided to leave any more new books until I’ve worked my way through the existing ones I’ve got waiting. But I did want a new keyboard. I have three keyboards at the moment, that I cycle through, and if I ever take up collecting something, keyboards would be my first choice (followed closely by – I don’t know – probably mugs).

I’m very excited about my new keyboard. I also chose a crocheting kit, because I want to learn how to crochet. I’m excited about that too. I promise to post pictures of whatever wooly abomination I create first.

New books will be added tomorrow.

Thursday 26th July

Another month has almost ended. It is SO hot here in the U.K right now. I can’t remember the last time it rained (fingers crossed, there’s supposed to be a storm tomorrow which hopefully might clear the incredible humidity) – and all around the U.K, fields are turning brown and grass isn’t growing. Yet miraculously, the weeds in my front garden are thriving just fine.

It’s a very British thing to complain about the weather and I do it every day, several times. To my kids, to other people, to the cats, to myself. I’m really not a fan of Summer. I mean, I don’t mind usual British Summers, where we get about 2 weeks really hot weather and then it defaults back to rainy, dull and a little bit hot. But this – nope – this is too close to what other countries must experience every year. I don’t like it.

Onto site stuff – more books have been brought up to the lovely new standard and are now in all 3 formats. More new books will be going up on Saturday or Sunday. Until I get all the existing ones converted, I will be setting aside one day a week to do some new books. I already have some files ready and should be able to get a decent amount up in one day. It might seem like I’m putting up an awful lot of fiction books at the moment, but that’s only because of the batch I’m working from.

Finally, everytime I talk with my son (one of them) about the site, he always says that I should create a section for people to submit their own works (articles, short stories, etc) and I say…yeah, that’s a good idea…and then never do it.

The subject came up again today and after having been reminded that I never do it, I made a promise that it would be up by Sunday….so…because I don’t like breaking promises….by Sunday, there will be a call to all you budding writers out there to submit your work. In the beginning the work will have to be sent by email to me, where I will check it, and then upload it to the site. Eventually, there will be an upload option for people so they can do it themselves. Each author will get their own page where I will put any info they like. This could be as short and sweet as a list of articles/stories they are showcasing on here, or it could also include things like a bio and a link to their website/youtube channel/instagram account, etc.

I don’t exactly expect a deluge of work being sent in, which is one of the reasons I’ve always put it off, but I might as well get it up and running, and hopefully, as the site gets more popular, it will grow.

That’s it for now. Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday 17th July

Well those two months flew by incredibly fast. Needless to say, I vastly underestimated how much time it would take to re-do all the books and get them into epub and Kindle formats, in addition to updating the PDFs. Having said that, I feel I am making good progress. Almost 1,000 books have now been redone.

One decision I have made is not to put any further scanned PDFs on the site. Eventually, I want to start working my way through the existing ones and converting them all into Global Grey editions.

I am also bringing all Global Grey editions in line in regards to covers and formatting. You can already see in the Recent page, that covers are becoming more standardised. I think it makes things look a little neater, and I really enjoy looking through old paintings and artwork (all public domain), and finding appropriate images for the books.

On a more personal note – it’s been an odd month or so. I’ve had a bout of (thankfully) mild depression (not even really sure I’m out of that to be honest), and a health problem has popped up. Putting those things together has led to me being very distracted and at times, wholly unmotivated, and so if I have taken more time than usual to reply to emails, I do apologise.

Sunday 20th May

I can’t believe over 2 weeks have gone by since I last updated this! Time is flying by so fast.

Anyway, I’ve been busy sorting a few things out on the site – some big jobs that have been hanging around my neck like an albatross for ages, and every so often, I’d make a start, only to end up giving myself more work to do on it. So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing that.

For the next 2 months, I am going to be concentrating almost exclusively on getting all the remaining Global Grey PDF editions, converted in epubs and Kindle ebooks. This is another thing that I really need to get out of the way, and I’m determined to do it within those 2 months.

Wednesday 2nd May

Added a couple of Book Lists, and in the past couple of days, I’ve added a couple of new Series as well. Apart from that, I’ve been adding new books and re-doing/converting existing ones. The chaos of the other week has subsided and everything seems to be running smoothly.

Also – I was all set to put up Bitcoin as a way to donate (after several people suggested I should), but then found out the payment processor I was going with (Stripe), stopped offering that service because since Bitcoin took off on the Markets, its so volatile that the price can sometimes change within the time it takes for a payment/donation to go through. As a result of that, they saw merchants and consumer use of Bitcoin decline so drastically, that they stopped offering it. Anyway, I do now have an alternative to PayPal up so I figure that’s enough.

To be honest, I’m quite glad – for the life of me, I just do not understand how cryptocurrency works :/

Last thing – the comments are no longer enabled. This is because I discovered that every comment was being sent to the spam folder, and so I had to keep the page up all the time and keep refreshing it, so I could ‘approve’ comments. This was a major pain in the backside and because people’s comments were not being approved immediately (like a normal website), I assume that no-one bothered to come back and read my belated replies anyway.

There’s also the fact that this year, I am trying to follow the ‘will it make the boat go faster’ rule. If you’re not familiar with this, it comes from a team of Olympic Rowers. After many years of not winning, they changed the way they approached their work. Every action taken was accompanied by that question – “will it make the boat go faster?” – and in 2000, they won Gold.

I am that rowing team this year. Or I’m trying to be. And so everything that is superfluous to me making this site the best ebook site ever (ambitious, I know :)) – has no place. And that includes keeping an eye on comments. And, unfortunately, blog posts.

I’ll keep this up though.

Friday 27th April

The theme is all changed now, and everything should be looking good. Today I’ll be adding a couple of new books; a new series, and then concentrating on converting some existing PDFs into epubs and Kindle ebooks.

Thursday 26th April

I’m changing the theme of the site today. My old license has expired and I don’t want to pay £50 to update it because I’ve been wanting to change it for a while anyway. So expect some hiccups and some periods where things look a bit weird, etc.

Apart from that, all categories (after much trial and error) are how I want them to be. I’ve split the country sections up a bit more and hopefully made things easier to find.

Tuesday 24th April

Today I’ll be putting up one new book, a couple of new series, redoing a few old books, perhaps figuring out Bitcoin, because people keep telling me to put it up as a way to donate, and then continuing on with the categories. The new book today is Applied Magic by Dion Fortune. What I thought would be a relatively quick book to do, has turned into a much longer task because the copy I’m working from has most full stops missing, as do all the other copies floating around on the Internet. So I’m having to go through line by line, and add them in. I’m doing God’s work here, people :/

Monday 23rd April

Today I’m continuing sorting out and expanding the categories. It’s a bit messy right now and the sidebar list is getting quite lengthy. This will get worse before it gets better – I need to first finish adding all new sub-categories, then I can tidy up the menu a bit. Should take a couple of days so please bear with me. For now, if you’re looking for say, British Mythology books, you’re better off looking in the main Folk-Lore and Mythology section, because not all relevant books have been assigned their sub-categories yet.

Friday 20th April

The site may look a little weird from time to time today. For whatever reason, the theme I use is not working properly, and so I’m either going to be switching completely or messing around with this one. Either way, there will be times when things will look a bit ‘off’. Bear with me and I’ll get it all sorted as soon as possible.

UPDATE (2.30pm): All categories are sorted for now. I’ll be working my way through the books, adding them to any relevant, new categories.

UPDATE (6.30am): I’ve decided to leave things for now, as I’ve got way too many things that I already need to finish off. Looks like I either have to up my hosting (more expense), upgrade my theme (more expense), or find a new theme (so much time to customise it) – so I’ll probably wait a week or two and figure something out.

Thursday 19th April

I added a new feature – ‘Series’ this morning. There’s only a few on there right now, but more will be added as time goes on.

I have also added an alternative to PayPal for those who wish to donate and support the site. Using some software from a company called Donorbox, payments are made very securely using the Stripe payment gateway. I realise that some people don’t want to use PayPal, so this was my reason for putting up this alternative way.

I am currently working on sorting out the categories. The site has grown a lot since its beginnings, and the need for more categories, is something I have been putting off. No more though – I’m starting to work on getting some more specific sub categories up, as well as some completely new main ones. If you’re on the site using a PC, or anything that is wide enough to show the sidebar, you’ll notice the category list will be getting longer. The plan is to complete the additional categories, and at some point, figure out a neater way to show the list on the side; probably using an accordian view.

I redid some old books today – and tomorrow will be blog post day.

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