Hello, my friend, mmadfan
Yes, the new URL is verified. I'm not sure if the old one was deleted; I'll have to check that.
I asked staff if a redirect could be put in place (I said I would pay for the service) but they just said the blog has been deleted. It really hasn't.
Yes, when I'm around again later in the year, Wordwatch Towers will be reopened - as you say, that should help.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not claiming that I used to get a huge amount of visitors - but there was a steady of stream of visitors who had googled a specific query and I could see that they landed directly onto the page that would answer their question - which is the main reason why I set the blog up in the first place. Now I know that those people will just be getting the message 'this blog has been deleted'.
Thanks again, mmadfan.