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The personal views of a Catholic parish organist

March 24, 2010

Is there anyone out there?

evelyn @ 2:52 pm

No, this isn’t a search for extra-terrestrial life, but just a pause at the six-month mark to wonder whether anyone actually reads this blog. Anyone, that is, except my husband, my son and a crowd of Russian spammers whose comments in the Cyrillic alphabet are neatly filtered by the website.

If organists, especially the beginners at whom the blog is aimed, are reading with (dare I hope it?) any interest, this isn’t reflected in the number of comments, which is a great pity. I really would like to know if the blog material is helpful or not. Critical comments would be welcome, as would a note of any subject which readers, especially beginner organists, would like discussed.

It could be that organists do read the blog and do want to comment, but are afraid of being identified, especially by their priest or parish, a totally understandable fear! Or they may be apprehensive that their email addresses will be published on the web, also understandable, spammers being what they are. I can assure everyone that addresses will not be published, and if you want priests and parishes kept at bay you can always use a pseudonym. Or you can email me directly at evelyn.stell@forthinpraise.co.uk with any remarks, telling me whether or not you would like them published.

I’ve created a little group of links at the top right of this page, under the heading ‘About’. They include links to the main Scottish organist bodies, and also my own credentials. Very shortly I’ll add to this section a detailed note about the commenting process. Then perhaps a comment or two might come rolling in.

Or not. It could well be, after all, that there is no-one out there.

No-one at all.

Just me, my family, and Ivan, Boris and Piotr.

Alone in the universe.

Never mind, I’ll keep going anyway, because it’s really quite fun.


  1. I read your blog regularly. Although I’m an experienced organist, I often have to help beginners, and the notes you provide are very helpful. And I do like your funny wedding stories. Please keep going!

    Comment by Flora B — March 25, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  2. I’m here too!

    Comment by Frances — March 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  3. And don’t forget me!

    Comment by Elvira — April 6, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  4. Thank you, Flora, Frances and Elvira. It’s good to know someone is out there after all! I’ve now added ‘Commenting’ to the ‘About’ section (top right of the main page), so if anyone else wants to make their presence known, it would be good to hear from you.

    PS Avatars are fun, aren’t they!

    Comment by evelyn — April 6, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  5. I read it too – good to know everyone is in the same boat from your stories and the comments!!

    Comment by Amanda D — May 10, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  6. I’ve only recently found this blog (hence this rather belated comment) but certainly intend to read regularly.

    Have you considered a blogroll of other blogging organists, or perhaps even a webring?

    Comment by Kathryn — February 5, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  7. So glad you like the blog! As you’ll have seen, I haven’t got round to organising a blogroll yet, but am planning to do something about it soon.

    Comment by evelyn — February 8, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

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