The New Critical Margins

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This weekend, I made some major changes to Critical Margins: I moved this blog to a new hosting service and updated the design.


What will this mean to you, the loyal readers? Not much. You’ll still be able to read Critical Margins content in the same way you always have. The site is still available to all of my followers, including readers that found the site through‘s reader service. Commenting on, liking, and sharing posts through social media should work as it always has.

If you follow me through a feed reader like Feedly, you should still see all my posts through RSS. If you get e-mail alerts, those should still come through the way you set it up. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post or send me a note if you have issues.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s why I made the move…

Some of you are aware that WordPress.COM is different from WordPress.ORG. The .org version is simply a content management system that anyone can add to a website, but the .com version is a free blog-hosting service with some add-ons.

I used the .com version to get started, but I wanted the flexibility and control that a self-hosted website brings. After some research, I decided to make the switch. I wanted to have more control over the technical side of the site.

In the short-term, not much will change. I’ll keep writing about book culture in the digital age. You’ll still get high-quality articles on reading and writing culture from this site’s contributors and guest writers.

In the long-term, you’ll see more writers bring their thoughts, analysis, insight, and opinions on digital culture. As I see it, book culture is deeply connected to all aspects of culture, and there are many viewpoints and opinions on how books, particularly e-books, affect (and are affected by) pop culture.

There are some new writers coming soon. I’ll introduce them when the time is right. And don’t worry, the focus will still be on our mission and tagline: “book culture in the digital age.”

So what would I like from you? More writers. Here’s how you can participate.


Guest post. Topics that always get a great response here include: book history, digital publishing, writing advice/culture, self-publishing, literary connections in other media (like music or TV). If you want to guest post, please send me an e-mail: kevin[at]criticalmargins[dot]com or fill out the form at our About page.

Review. If you read a book recently that you enjoyed and you have something interesting to say about it, you can contact me (same as above) to pitch a review. Occasionally, I get review copies of books, so there might be an opportunity for assigned reviews as well.

Anything else? If you have an idea for an article, just e-mail me. If it’s good, we’ll chat further.

And if you just enjoy reading the site, keep up the comments. I enjoy reading them. I’ve met a lot of great, like-minded people in the last two years and I hope to meet more. I look forward to the discussions to come!

OK, now I have a Mad Men finale to watch…

Kevin Eagan (@KevEagan) is a freelance editor and writer living in Central Florida. He edits book manuscripts and articles for local and national publications. Critical Margins is his place to share his interests. You can also check out his professional website,