This blog has gone through many changes since it began in June 2005. Sometimes, I find it hard to believe that I have survived through all its ups and downs. I am, as always, so grateful to all the fantastic people who have supported me along the way. Without that kind of caring from people, I wouldn’t still be writing here. I really mean that.
I had never meant this blog to simply be a place to come and read articles that can be found elsewhere online. A sort of news gathering blog. I wanted (and still want) it to be a place for discussion, debate or just a place where people could “gather” and talk about the issues they care about. A kind of small online community. To a certain extent, I have succeeded in that goal but recently I have felt that I have let that slip somewhat. I cannot blame that simply on the fact that my blog has been broken for quite a while. Before I was hacked, I was just posting articles and not really engaging in discussions. There are many reasons for that which I won’t bore you with but one very important problem stands out. I had become quite bored with it.
It had got to the point where everything I wrote, whether a personal musing or simply posting an article or link, was the subject of bitter opposition from the same few people. Many people who used to be engaged in discussions here became bored with it too. There has been no drop in the number of visitors. In fact, my stats have steadily risen over the years and even this recent invasion by hackers has not changed that. The change has been that there has been less variety in the comments. It had become the same few over and over and over again.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that those few should not comment or that I do not appreciate their input (some more than others, of course). What I would like is to begin rebuilding that sense of community that I had here a while back. Where a variety of opinions were being expressed. I am not entirely sure how to go about that but I feel myself regaining that enthusiasm I had for blogging here. Feeling more optimistic about the future of THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY.
So, onwards to the next five years. Who knows what they will bring…