There will be good new posts coming up very soon – honestly! But I also wanted readers to know that I am spending some time doing construction or repairs on this site as well as another, related one. Going through a bunch of posts recently, I have discovered a distressing number of blank frames where the videos used to be. Apparently, a lot of people are getting videos taken away, are feeling compelled to take videos down, or are just getting their YouTube channels wiped out. But when these kinds of videos get taken down, usually, other versions get put up somewhere else fairly soon. (They may be slightly different versions and may not be of the same quality, but usually, at least something is there.) So I am planning to replace a lot of the lost videos, but, of course, that takes time.
I have also noticed that there are still a few places where a video belongs but there isn’t even a blank video frame. I’ve cleaned up most of those problems, but there may still be a few remaining. What happened in this case is that a special URL code that I had used at first to make sure that a higher-quality YouTube video was embedded in the posts became obsolete, and so everywhere I had used that code, the video just disappeared. I’ve been trying to clean that problem up for over four years. Unfortunately, there were so many posts affected, it would have taken far too many hours out of my days to methodically find and fix all of them at once. So I cleaned as many up as I could in a couple of sittings and then cleaned them up more gradually as I caught them – say, if I was going back to an old post for some reason, e.g., I saw a post being visited via stats and this inspired me to check out the old post and see how it was doing.
Going through some older posts in this blog, I decided that I might also do a little demolition work. There are posts going further back that simply do not belong here anymore. This doesn’t mean I want to eliminate all the posts that show this blog going through different stages – including the initial period of development that I talked about in my anniversary post. It’s just that I might decide to clear out a few things that I really don’t want to see here now.
Outside of this blog, as some people know, I also have a YouTube channel. But all the videos on that channel were actually prepared by Tom Daniel aka Tommydan. (I did upload a couple of audio clips that I had put together, but they don’t amount to much.) During the first stage, several years ago, Tom let me have a bunch of his videos to show because he was knocked out of YouTube by his first suspension. This time around, though he is dealing with some similar problems, thankfully, his channel did not just get suspended again (which could mean big trouble for me and probably some other people, too). But he is reserving that channel for very old film scenes right now, and he is letting me have some newer stuff. Most of that newer stuff consists of clips of BBC TV performances that were taped at the Pebble Mill studios in the early 1980s. I am very fond of many of these videos, which happen to include a large number of clips of people related to the Pakistani film industry as well as a couple of prominent singers from Indian cinema. I have been uploading a variety of singers there ranging all the way from Musarrat Nazir to Vani Jairam. In addition, there are several delightful little dance clips.
But there is more uploading to be done, and that also takes time. (Plus, I am rebuilding some of the playlists I had made… The Suraiya list finally looks decent again!)
As I’ve said before, I have also spent countless hours at the accursed Facebook, which has detracted from the time I could spend on this blog. But now I am spending more time maintaining the blog and my own YouTube site, from which I will probably also be posting videos to this blog at some time or another. (I just have to figure out what kind of blog posts to make from them. I think there will be a few – though on the other hand, there is always the chance that at some point, those videos will get taken down.)
Anyway, lest anyone think that I have been neglecting this project, please rest assured that I am doing a good amount of work behind the front pages right now.
And, obviously, I am also typing a long post talking about all of that while putting off other, more substantive posts. But as I said, I will have more up soon!
P.S. Regarding the picture at the top of this post… Well, maybe it would have been a little more accurate if I had put up a picture of myself doing construction… But I really much prefer to put up a picture of Padmini instead.