My previous post on The BBC and its balance was another one that seemed to generate quite a bit of interest and quite a few comments. There were a couple of stages where the comment thread got slightly out of hand, but overall, I think there were some interesting and useful exchanges. However, I could see some getting frustrated and others were making some suggestions about moderation practices. To be honest, I don’t mind that at all. Well-intentioned, constructive criticism is welcome.
So, as a result, I’ve spent a little time thinking about this blog; what it’s for and whether or not I should consider making some changes. Then I realised something. It’s just a blog. I started it on the spur of the moment, I write what I want when I want, I try to be careful and qualify what I say, but it’s still just a blog. I don’t really want to take it that seriously and I don’t really want anyone else to take it that seriously. If I’ve written something that makes people think, great. If I’ve written something that annoys people, then I’m sorry (assuming you didn’t deserve to be annoyed, that is 🙂 ). All in all, it’s just me and my views (with some moderation help from Rachel). If you really want to learn something more about climate science, then I would recommend going to Skeptical Science, or Real Climate. They’re very good and I can’t and don’t want to compete with what they’re doing.
The comments also play a role. They’re there for people to correct me when I’m wrong, as I often am (well, as long as you can convince me that I’m wrong at least). They’re also there for discussions, and they’re there for people to express their opinions. I know that some get frustrated by how some of the comment threads evolve and by some of the comments/commentors, but I don’t really want to this to become entirely dominated by one view. As long as people can stick to the moderation and comments policies, I’m happy for anyone to comment. On the other hand, I also don’t want this to become a place where people can express their contrarian views, so some semblance of scientific credibility would also be a requirement.
These are just my thoughts at the moment. Things may of course change with time, but this is my view at the moment. However, feel free comment and express your own thoughts if you’d like. Just remember not to take it too seriously 🙂