Today’s postaday 2011 topic asking me to explain the name of my blog and why I chose it seemed to be an open invitation from the folk at WordPress to shamelessly plug my blogs so I will. Having blogged for well over a year now I feel that I am something of an old hand at the game now and I couldn’t imagine not posting my latest thoughts on the web now that I have gotten established. When I started I wondered if anyone would actually read my stuff and I was extremely excited to receive the first comments on what I had written. From a cold start early last year I am now on track to having around 10,000 hits a year and rising (rapidly of late!) on this site alone. This success even led to my purchasing the domain name dgmattichakjr.com and investing in some WordPress premium services.
I found that I had enough material to run a couple of blogs and began ankhafnakhonsu.wordpress.com as an outlet for the volumes of essays and articles that I have written about magick and Thelema over the years and as a contact point for people interested in taking up the study of magick. That site is nearly equal to this one in the number of hits that it records and has met with a really enthusiastic response from the readers as well as a useful tool for promoting my latest book A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law. Late last year I started developing a third blog called Chefologist where I have shared some of my knowledge of kitchens and cookery as well as a few of my favorite recipes. With this blog I set myself the task of limiting each post to 250-350 words, including a recipe and a photo. The site is still in the development stages but I remain enthusiastic about it and the response to some of the recipes has been fantastic. My experience with blogging led to my involvement with the Mount Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering blog site as the main author and administrator. The success of that site has been astounding with over 10,000 hits, 21 followers in ten countries and 70 posts from dozens of authors. I was quite proud to see that my essay A New Thread to an Old Tapestry was by far and away the most viewed posting on the site.
So why did I entitle my blogs as I did- to address the original question now that I have plugged them shamelessly for 400 words or so. My main blog, dgmattichakjr.com, subtitled blogging about everything, is my writer’s name, the name that is on the covers of my books so it was kind of a no-brainer. Blogging about everything I hoped would give me the latitude to write whatever took my fancy at any given time. So far I have covered a wide range of topics from copyright law to haiku and fiat money and commodities bubble economics (some of the posts on this last topic have been cited in magazine articles and financial blogs much to my surprise!) The second of my blogs, Ankh af na Khonsu’s Magick Page is taken from one of my Hermetic titles (it means my life in Khonsu, who was an Egyptian lunar deity) and, of course, the page is all about ceremonial magick. My Chefologist blog is a bit more complicated to explain. Chefology was the name of a catering business that I was planning at one stage but never progressed with but I always liked the word and when I decided to start a cookery blog it seemed just right. Chefology was taken so I went with Chefologist. The subtitle The Ruminations of the Wandering Chef alludes to the fact that as an agency/contract chef I wander from kitchen to kitchen in my professional life.
Blogging has been a great success for me. It has enabled me to get my serious works out to a wider audience than I have ever been able to before. More than that, it has sharpened my writing skills through the sheer amount of time that I spend writing for the various blogs that I am running. It has also put me into direct contact with my readers, a situation that is almost unprecedented in the history of writing and writers I am sure. I intend to focus more on blogging into the future, using it as a marketing tool, to raise my public profile and simply out of pure enjoyment of the immediacy of the whole process. I hope that you all can take the time to have a quick look at all of my blogs and that you enjoy reading them as much as I appreciate you reading them.
Oh, and whilst I am busy plugging my work my books can still be found at amazon.com and there are an ever growing number of essays and articles that I have written that can be downloaded for free at Scribd and at Docstoc.