AustenBlog–at the time called JaneBlog*–had its soft launch on July 1, 2004, and our “grand opening,” when we actually started to tell people about it who weren’t helping us set it up, on July 15, 2004. Six years later, we’re still trucking along, more or less. Reading those old daily posts about the most esoteric of esoterica makes us feel extremely lazy; but much has happened in those six years.
Dorothy’s made a fresh pitcher of iced lemon chiffon rooibos and is serving it somewhere air conditioned. We were in the first fever of putting this blog together over another hot Independence Day weekend, so the heat wave is making us feel a bit nostalgic; but now that the fabulous new high-tech AustenBlog World Headquarters have central air conditioning and a pool, we are keeping cool even as we slave over the computer, and hope you all are, too (or warm for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere).
We promised a new look a few months back, didn’t we? While it’s still a work in progress, the main pieces are in place. We asked the lovely and talented Teresa AF–who also helped us with our first layout–to assist, sent her a photo of the Cluebat of Janeite Righteousness (yes, there really is one) and our favorite old-time baseball girl, and she waved her magic PhotoShop wand and sent the fab banner above, which we love and makes us squee.
If you’re wondering about the tagline, it comes from one of our favorite baseball movies (and favorite movies in general), “A League of Their Own.”
So if the Editrix ever exercises the Cluebat upon you, remember, it could be worse: Rogers Hornsby could have called you a talking pile of pigsh*t. Just saying.
*JaneBlog lasted about three days and was given up when we found another blog called JaneBlog by a young lady named, unsurprisingly, Jane. She was a Janeite so we decided to play nice and went with AustenBlog.