I hope all these changes haven't made you dizzy, dear reader. It's all part of the natural evolution in what I see as this blog's identity and purpose. Or maybe I'm just fickle. You decide.
Hopefully, these whiplash-inducing changes should come to an end soon.
In the meantime, though, one more change is coming soon. Unlike the previous changes, this one is so substantial that I feel compelled to announce it beforehand. You may have noticed that, having struck "Pelayo" from my nom de plume some time ago, I've more recently removed this name from the name of the blog itself. After all, since Pelayo is no longer my nom de guerre, why should this blog be called Pelayo's Gazette, or some such variant thereof? That would just be confusing, especially to new readers.
Accordingly, I've recently renamed the blog The Alcázar Gazette, in honor of El Alcázar, one of the most iconic newspapers of Francoist Spain. El Alcázar was itself named in honor of the Siege of the Alcázar of Toledo, one of the most famous Francoist victories during the Spanish Civil War. I had actually wanted to name this blog El Alcázar in the first place, but I was worried about running afoul of copyright laws, so I didn't. And I didn't think of the name The Alcázar Gazette until the other day!
The change that is coming soon is related to this. On January 25, 2018 – exactly one week from today – the URL associated with this blog will be changing from pelayogazette.blogspot.com to alcazargazette.blogspot.com.
I know, I know. This is going to be annoying. But it's for the greater good. Five or ten years from now, if this blog is still going, I wouldn't want it to have a url that doesn't match its name. And it's easier to make this change now, while the number of internal links in this blog is still relatively low, than in a few years' time.
To help you remember, I'll be announcing this name change periodically over the next week on Twitter. (If you wish to follow me on Twitter, you may do so here). I'll also be tacking on a reminder about the upcoming URL change to each and every future blog post until the big day on January 25.
One more way to remember this that you may find helpful: In The Adventures of Tintin, one of Tintin's friends is General Alcázar, the ruler of the fictional South American country of San Theodoros.
|General Alcázar, Caudillo of San Theodoros by the grace of God.|
Since we recently had one Tintin-related post here on this blog (and will, God willing, have many more, including reviews of each and every book in The Adventures of Tintin series), let's honor this character (and celebrate this blog's recent name change and upcoming URL change) by shouting:
"¡Viva General Alcázar!"
For Country, Bread, and Justice,
Jaime de Andrade