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Whispering Gums has a new URL – and some news

October 7, 2012

It’s time I did it and so I did. I have, through WordPress, bought my own domain name.

This means that the URL for Whispering Gums is now

My old address – – will be automatically redirected by the wonderful WordPress to this new one . However, you may find it more efficient to update your bookmarks. Also, if you have generously linked to my blog from yours, you may like to update that link to the new address (that is,

I think this means I’ve come of age … well, more or less, as I’m still hosted by WordPress. Can you, do you think, come of age in baby steps?

The news

The time seemed right to make this change, because last week I discovered (thanks to Nigel Featherstone of Under the counter or a flutter in the dovecot) that Reading Matters and Whispering Gums have been included in the reviews excerpted on the first two pages of the September-released small format edition of Gillian MearsFoal’s bread. Two litblog reviews and several newspaper and journal reviews! That’s exciting (to Kim and me anyhow).

With Lisa’s ANZLitLovers now being harvested by Pandora, and Allen and Unwin including litblog reviews in the print edition of a multi-award-winning novel, it seems that litblogs, amateur as well as professional, are starting to be  recognised as part of Australia’s cultural landscape. This carries responsibilities of course, but I reckon we’re up to it!

40 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2012 12:06

    Hearty congratulations on both counts! I’m glad high-quality lit-blogs like Whispering Gums are getting the attention they deserve. Here’s hoping to greater diversity in terms of Australian literary commentary, and acknowledgement of the need for newspaper reviews as well as reviews on many other platforms.

    • October 7, 2012 15:29

      Absolutely Nigel … we certainly do need newspaper and journal reviews to continue. It’s the diversity that’s great … not a narrowing to a different platform.

  2. October 7, 2012 12:14

    MUM! How is it that you got redirected?! WordPress wouldn’t do that for me when I bought my new domain. *crying crying* Can I do it now?

    • October 7, 2012 15:33

      I’m not sure but I suspect it’s because I’m staying with and you went self-hosted and are now through … but I don’t understand much more than that. I’m not sure that the option I took was available when you bought your domain … but my approach leaves me with all the wordpress functionality I’m used to but it doesn’t have the flexibility that you have I think in terms of design, upload quantity etc. At least that’s my minimal understanding of it all.

  3. October 7, 2012 12:14

    Congratulations on both counts – the new domain name and the wider recognition of your reviews. I hope more and more readers find their way to these pages.

  4. October 7, 2012 12:29

    Oh good for you, Sue! I’m so impressed – (but not at all surprised). Thanks for sharing!

    • October 7, 2012 15:34

      Thanks Bekah … I nearly didn’t share but decided to tack it onto this post that I needed to do anyhow!

  5. October 7, 2012 12:47

    What made you do it?

    • October 7, 2012 15:37

      Laziness, Guy. It’s less typing every time I need to type my URL somewhere! And, I think it probably “looks” better, though I’m not quite sure who to! I’ve dillied and dallied for a long time about it.

  6. October 7, 2012 13:19

    Congratulations on being quoted in a blurb! On the other hand, I should think so too 🙂

  7. October 7, 2012 13:29

    Well done Sue, and to be in the company of the award-winning ‘Foals Bread’ is terrific. Congrats to you!

    • October 7, 2012 15:41

      Thanks Karen Lee … I was pretty chuffed. It’s interesting they didn’t tell me (or Kim). Copyright-wise they have the right to quote, I suppose. Still, it would have been nice methinks to let us know. I’m glad Nigel told me – otherwise I may never have known since I’d already bought an earlier edition, nor would Kim our Aussie expat in England have known I expect.

  8. October 7, 2012 14:16

    Congratulations, Sue. Your reviews deserve to be read by a wider public.

    Re ‘Baby steps’ – how else does one come of age? We all start off with baby steps which get bigger as we go along though it seems to me your reviews started off with big steps anyway.

    • October 7, 2012 15:42

      Oh, you’re biassed Lithe Lianas … but thanks anyhow. (And I do appreciate the edits you send through every now and then.)

  9. October 7, 2012 15:42

    Well done you, and I have updated my link under Booklover Blogs as well xo

  10. October 7, 2012 15:59

    Nice. I’ve updated my links. So they’re printing you on paper now, with ink and everything? It’ll be carved in stone next, with decorative rhomboids.

  11. October 7, 2012 19:31

    That’s wonderful news, Sue. Congratulations. I’ve updated my headline links to your new address. John

  12. kimbofo permalink
    October 7, 2012 22:20

    Updated my blogroll, Sue.

    And thanks for letting me know about Foal’s Bread. I told my sister (in FNQ) and she went out and bought the book, then took a photograph for me to post on my Facebook page. I now hope she reads the book, because I think she’d love it.

    • October 7, 2012 22:26

      Thanks kimbofo …

      Glad she got a copy and I hope she reads it. She should shouldn’t she now that you’ve so publicly promoted it!

  13. October 7, 2012 22:58

    That’s lovely about the review blurb – and I’ve updated my link.

  14. October 8, 2012 11:39

    Congratulations! I think it’s great that publishers are taking book blogs seriously and including them alongside newspaper reviews. Well done! I get your new posts through RSS – seems to be working still, so guess I don’t have to change anything?

    • October 8, 2012 12:47

      Thanks Andrew … it is good that we are being recognised. I don’t know much about RSS but I would assume that since the RSS is generated from the blog that it would automatically generate from the new URL so I reckon you don’t have to do anything! I tend to use direct email subscriptions rather than RSS.

  15. October 9, 2012 01:15

    You go! Nice new URL and congratulations on the review excerpts, very impressive and well done!

  16. October 9, 2012 02:27

    I reckon you’re up to it! And congrats on being included in this new field. I love this cross-fertilisation between litblogs and big publishers – grass roots and tall poppies. It’s fantastically democratic and I think this exchange will really keep books and reading alive.

    • October 9, 2012 08:36

      Democratic … That’s it isn’t it Catherine. I like it too, though it’s a little nerve wracking.

  17. October 9, 2012 02:29

    And congratulations on the new URL. I will never be that organised!

  18. October 10, 2012 07:06

    Congratulations on both counts!

    It took me forever to finally get around to buying my own URL but I was glad when I did actually do it!

  19. October 10, 2012 08:10

    Thanks Marg … Over three years for to be precise!

  20. October 11, 2012 12:10

    OK. All done. Updated link on the sidebar, and it appears to be working. Must find time for the Gillian Mears book.

    • whisperinggums permalink*
      October 11, 2012 16:22

      Thanks Fay … and you should. I imagine you would like it.

  21. October 25, 2012 23:00

    Oh what wonderful news. It is intriguing that they didn’t tell you. Quite bad form actually I think. But I’m glad you’re receiving such high level recognition. I think I’m still getting a feed from Google Reader, but will change it there in case it stops sometime.

    • October 26, 2012 23:28

      Thanks Louise … I agree really. I think it would have been the right thing to do even if not legally required. As for Google Reader, the posts are supposed to be redirected but they recommend that people change the address over to be sure and make it more direct.

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