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Single fatherhood: Eighth Grade and Captain Fantastic

Single fatherhood defines two of the best films I've seen in recent years, Eighth Grade and Captain Fantastic. … More Single fatherhood: Eighth Grade and Captain Fantastic
From: Writing Privacy on 6 Jul 2021

How to Travel

I’ve spent the last three weeks on three quite different trips, combined into one long European sojourn. First was a family holiday in Paris; then came a digital-humanities conference in Utrecht; and I spent the third on a solitary ramble through...
From: Michael Ullyot on 21 Jul 2019

Review of Billy Hicks, ‘Connecting’, at the Chapel Playhouse, London

A review of Billy Hicks's candid one-man play about the lonely experience of growing up in a new world of digital technology. … More Review of Billy Hicks, ‘Connecting’, at the Chapel Playhouse, London
From: Writing Privacy on 5 Mar 2019

'A Nocturnal Reverie' - Anne Finch

‘In such a Night let Me abroad remain, Till Morning breaks, and All's confus'd again;Our Cares, our Toils, our Clamours are renew'd. Or Pleasures, seldom reach'd, again pursu'd.‘A Nocturnal Reverie’ (published 1713)Anne Finch, Countess...

Was Marvell a seventeenth-century ‘incel’?

The difficulties of dealing with involuntary celibacy, from desolation to misogyny, seem to haunt some of Andrew Marvell's most famous lyric poems. … More Was Marvell a seventeenth-century ‘incel’?
From: Writing Privacy on 6 Jun 2018

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara's enrapturing novel A Little Life (2015) finds astonishing depths in suffering and the efforts to make it tolerable. … More A Little Life
From: Writing Privacy on 13 May 2018

Create Chaos to Find Quiet: An Epilogue, 2016

It’s not often that I greet New Year with indifference. On the contrary, I’m notorious for indulging in it. But a change of attitude is exactly what’s needed - so let's begin. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 11 Jan 2017

The day that changed me forever

October 28th still registers as one of the most important days in my calendar after a horrible incident 17 years ago. It's a day that changed me forever. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 29 Oct 2016

Unearthing your private life at work

There are many good reasons why I don’t write much about work - one being that you’ve no way of knowing how well you actually know somebody you work with... Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 3 Jul 2016

Marvell, Shakespeare, and Green Sicknesses

Green is the colour of innocence and experience, of sickness and of health. A glimpse at what it means to be 'green' in Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 11 Apr 2016

Burning Bridges: A Twist of Character

I've recently started calling people out on their behaviour, and now find myself burning bridges where I had previously let them crumble. But having burnt no fewer than four in the past month, it's becoming concerning and could be reflective of something...
From: Writing Privacy on 20 Nov 2015

Liberating, not lonely? Another truth about being single.

The Telegraph recently published an article entitled “Liberating, not lonely: the truth about being single”. The problem with this message is that it marginalises the importance of choice. A brief examination of an alternative 'truth'. Continue...
From: Writing Privacy on 6 Sep 2015

An End to Anonymity

After six years of anonymity here at Writing Privacy, I’ve decided that it’s time to reveal myself. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 30 May 2015

Still Life

A line of work we don’t think about too often is what happens to the dead when there’s nobody left. A poem by Rory Waterman and Uberto Pasolini's remarkable 'Still Life' (2013) give us plenty of room for thought. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 12 Apr 2015

Finite Fortunes: An Epilogue, 2014

2014 had all the ingredients to be the best year I’ve ever had. That it turned out to be one of the worst is quite remarkable. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 9 Feb 2015

Letting Your Chance Go By

The biggest choices we make in life often come down to the smallest of moments and the most innocuous chains of events. A reflection on a love of teaching and why I've turned down the long-awaited chance to do it again. Continue reading »
From: Writing Privacy on 18 May 2013

The Frightening Rule of ‘If’, not ‘When’

I’ve been trying hard – so hard – to force a change of mentality in recent weeks. But it doesn’t half bring forth its challenges, and that was truly epitomised this week. Continue reading »
From: Writing Privacy on 7 Apr 2013

Time For A Change

This week marked the fourth anniversary of Writing Privacy. Time for a long-overdue makeover, I thought. And perhaps more importantly, time for a change. Continue reading »
From: Writing Privacy on 9 Mar 2013

An Eye to Every Storm: An Epilogue, 2012

Dedicated to the few and faithful. These end-of-year epilogues have become invariably sad affairs. Of course, I would prefer that it was different, but I still believe that they help me channel energies in a better way. Finding Answers Last year –...
From: Writing Privacy on 3 Jan 2013

Book Review: Two by Nemirovsky

This post is far from the subject of my blog, I know, but I have enjoyed reading two of Irene Nemirosky's books recently, and wanted to share. I find her novels, including that great sensation of 2007, Suite Française, strangely compelling. You...

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.