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Not extinct! 20 August 2010

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The Volcanism Blog is not extinct, but I apologize for its presently dormant condition. Many people have been in touch to ask what’s happening, and in particular to enquire about my mother’s health (thank you) and I’m happy to say that, while she is still unwell and her condition has its ups and downs, treatment is progressing, she is much improved and the prognosis is good.

Other things have happened, however, which don’t need to be gone into here but which have got in the way of my involvement in many good things, including this blog. But this will not be the case for ever, and this blog will be back to normal as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

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Away for a few days 10 July 2010

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Things will be quiet here for a few days because of a brief holiday. The Volcanism Blog will resume at full strength on Thursday 15 July.

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Back to blogging 23 June 2010

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My mother is still very unwell, but very much better than she has been; there is at least one more operation to come, but in the longer term the outlook is very good. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, through comments here or directly, with good wishes during my mother’s illness. It really has helped so much to know that so many people – most of whom I do not know, and who know me only through this blog – have been keeping my mother, my family and myself in their thoughts and prayers. Thank you all.

So, slowly, I’m getting back to blogging. As it happens, The Volcanism Blog passed 1 million visitors at some point earlier this month – I don’t know exactly when it happened, but it’s a nice milestone to have passed. Thank you to everyone for visiting and reading, and for being patient and understanding during recent weeks.

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Personal matters (updated) 7 May 2010

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My mother has been taken into hospital at short notice, so family matters are taking up a lot of my time right now and the blog will have to take a back seat for a little while. I’ll catch up with things here when I can.

UPDATE, 23 May 2010. A sincere thank you to everyone who has added their good wishes to the comment thread below, and/or has contacted me directly by e-mail to wish me and the family well. I am very touched and very grateful. Mum has been in and out of hospital over the past fortnight, but is back home now; it’s not over yet, she will need more medical attention over the next few days, but the longer-term outlook is promising. As for the blog, I hope that I’ll be able to resume posting from the beginning of June. Thank you all for your patience and understanding, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to pass on kind words and good wishes.

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Brief blowing of own trumpet 21 April 2010

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The Eyjafjallajökull eruption has brought lots of visitors and quite a bit of attention to the Volcanism Blog: welcome, and thank you, to all who have visited and who have linked to our content. Thursday 15 April 2010 brought our highest-ever number of visitors: 20,605. That’s more than three times more than came to the blog at the time of the Mount Redoubt eruption a year ago, our previous one-day record. We are currently averaging something over 5,000 visitors per day.

The Volcanism Blog has been linked from some interesting places, including two articles at the Christian Science Monitor, while yesterday we were featured in the ‘Freshly Pressed’ showcase on the WordPress homepage. And also yesterday (proving that all the real volcanologists were busy) I was interviewed on Bloomberg Radio’s ‘Surveillance’ program: the podcast is available here, but I think you need to subscribe, as in pay up, to hear the whole thing. Finally, I’ll be talking volcanoes on a forthcoming edition of the brilliant Shift-Run-Stop podcast – more news on that shortly.

UPDATE. It’s really great to see our Saturday Volcano Art feature getting a mention on Jonathan Jones’s art blog at The Guardian: Explosive art: my top five volcano paintings. The work of art in question is Frederic Edwin Church’s 1862 painting of Cotopaxi (although as it happens the other four artworks mentioned have been featured here as well).

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Blog housekeeping: images and e-mails 18 April 2010

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The image hosting problem should be sorted out over the next couple of days: thanks to everyone who has made suggestions and especially to those who have very generously offered hosting space. I shouldn’t need to take up those offers now, but I am very grateful.

I’ve been having problems with the volcanismblog@btinternet.com e-mail address over the past week or so – messages that should have arrived days ago are only gradually trickling in, while others seem to have disappeared into thin air. Please accept my apologies if you have e-mailed me at this address recently and have yet to receive a reply. Everything seems to have been OK until 11 April 2010: as far as I can see it is only messages sent on or after 11 April that have been held up (and not all of them). I will try to respond to delayed messages as they come in, but if you have written to that address and have heard nothing back please do feel free to re-send your messages.

Finally, thank you to the generous souls who have made donations via PayPal over the last few days. It’s very much appreciated!

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Image problem 15 April 2010

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Events in Iceland are currently bringing loads of new visitors here, which is great but which puts pressure on the Photobucket free image hosting service we use at this blog. When Photobucket feels under pressure images temporarily disappear. If you’ve noticed missing pictures on some of the posts, that’s the reason.

Sorry about that. There is a solution: if you like this blog and want to see it thrive put your hands in your pockets and cough up some cash, so that we can leave the constraints of free image hosting services behind.

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Easter Break for The Volcanism Blog 2 April 2010

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Isla de Pascua in the morning (copyright Steffen Dubouis, Creative Commons licensed)

The Volcanism Blog will be away for Easter until (probably) 8 April; in the meantime you can as ever keep up with volcanic developments at Dr Erik Klemetti’s Eruptions blog.

The picture is of Volcán Poike, a shield volcano on Isla de Pascua – Easter Island. This picture is copyright Steffen Dubouis and comes from Flickr. It is reproduced here under the terms of the applicable Creative Commons licence.

Happy Easter and Happy Holidays to all our readers.

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Blogger sick, back soon 11 March 2010

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I’ve been laid low by some kind of stomach bug sicky flu type thing, hence the recent lack of activity around here. The world’s volcanoes will have to look after themselves for a bit until I’m recovered. Apologies.

(In the meantime you are recommended to visit Eruptions for the latest in volcanic events and analysis.)

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Away for the weekend 26 February 2010

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I’m away for the weekend from today, so (unless something really dramatic happens) there will be no new posts here until Monday 1 March.

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