So, it’s almost the end of 2013 and, for me at least, it’s been quite a year. I started this blog on the spur of the moment and didn’t really expect anyone to take it all that seriously. I’ve had many more views, and many more comments, than I was expecting. It’s been quite fascinating; I’ve learned a lot, encountered some exceptional people and, hopefully, contributed positively to what is a complex but very important topic.
I’ve also learned quite a lot about myself, partly that I don’t particularly enjoy blogging about a controversial topic. It may not seem that way, but part of me wishes I’d never started. As may be clear – although maybe not – I don’t particularly enjoy confrontation, and that’s something that’s hard to avoid given the focus of this blog. I’ve also learned that I was naive to think that trying to be civil, and trying to present the evidence as honestly and clearly as I could, would have any impact on those who doubt anthropogenic global warming. Maybe there are some third-parties who’ve learned something new, but I don’t think I’ve actually engaged in a discussion with someone who eventually said : “Oh, I see. I didn’t realise that. Thanks.”. I think my optimism was completely destroyed when I discovered that some couldn’t even be convinced that Murry Salby was wrong, despite the overwhelming evidence against his hypotheses.
However, having started, this is one of these things that’s hard to stop. I’ve tried to have a few self-imposed “hiatuses”, but they turned out to be slowdowns, rather than actual pauses (see what I did there 🙂 ). One reason I thought I might quickly write this is that I’m about to have an enforced “hiatus”. I’m off tomorrow with the family for a few days away. When they head home, I’m leaving on a research trip and will only be back home in mid-January. I will probably be unable to post or respond to comments for the next few days and will be somewhat limited after that. I may only be really be fully back online when I’m back in mid-January.
Anyway, I’m going to finish this post by simply wishing everyone all the best for the New Year.