TL;DR: Made of Ƿ is back with a few changes.
Made of Ƿ was supposed to die on its 4th birthday. I was prepared for this. After all, I haven’t updated in a year and a half. A year ago, I even quit teaching, moved to another city for a technical writing job, and packed away my medievalist t-shirts. However, the work environment at my perfect new job changed so quickly and drastically that I was forced to quit in under 2 months. I’m now back where I was before—an adjunct with multiple jobs.
Even after all of this, I was going to let Made of Ƿ finish expire while I pursued professional writing and editing. I was confident with this decision until sometime in the middle of February when I realized it only had a week of time left. That’s when the first pang of sadness hit. I was really going to miss this blog and the online medievalist community. What was I doing at the time when I thought there might be a reason to keep my medieval blog going?
I was sending an Etsy seller a manuscript picture so that seller could get the color right on some custom-made armor I was ordering.
So, Made of Ƿ is officially back, but with some changes.
- Not much new research.
If the urge strikes me, of course I’ll still put up research, but I don’t have definite plans for it. It’s been 5 years since I was at an institution that supported my doing research, and I’m still out of ideas. I’m also unable to keep maintaining the accuracy of my pre-existing research, and I realized this has caused me the most stress. I get a sinking feeling every time someone comments on one of my posts. It’s not that I hate being told I’m wrong—I look forward to the opportunity to learn and make corrections—but my lack of resources means I don’t have the time evaluate the criticisms or make thorough corrections.
- Some old stuff is going away.
Much of it is posts with no researched content or entertainment value—the “sorry I haven’t posted in a while” type of stuff. Some of the existing research is being deleted because of reason #1. For the same reason, comments are also closed on “Misuse of the Word ‘Medieval” and “Medieval Anachronisms’” posts—these are up for archival purposes only. Anyone who wants to offer corrections will need to contact me privately, not by social media. Some existing research is also being deleted because, frankly, nobody ever looked at it. If I’ve deleted something that you liked/were using, let me know and I’ll put it back up.
- More costumes.
My most popular posts were memes, comics, and costumes, with the last being the most popular. This is what I’ll be working on now. As much as I loved learning Latin (not sarcasm), running around renfaires is more fun and many of my hits are from enthusiasts, not from professionals. Here are some of the costuming resources you can expect:
- new costumes from me
- DIYs from me (hopefully)
- Etsy treasuries of historically accurate (-ish) pieces
- Etsy treasuries of stuff that’s not historically accurate, but you totally want to wear it to the renfaire anyway
- links to instructions, patterns, and projects
- More humor.
@levostregc pretty much has the monopoly on this one, and I’ve been away from the community for a while, but I hope to come up with some more medievalist humor.
So, posts will be sporadic, but there will be posts again. Here’s a hint for what’s coming up soon. Can you guess what it’ll be?