I was reminded by WordPress that today is the second anniversary of me starting this whole blogging lark. In some sense I’m amazed that it’s been that long. In another sense, it seems as though I’ve been doing this for much longer than just two years. I’m a little surprised that I’ve kept it going. I don’t really have good reason for doing so and I think my goal from now on is to focus on it less, and focus more on what is probably more important (anything but this, really 🙂 ).
I’ve certainly learned a lot in the last two years; about climate science, about science in general, about myself, about society, and about many other things. Some of it’s been good, but some not so good. There are many things I would probably do differently had I known then what I know now (like not start this in the first place, probably 🙂 ). Some things I wouldn’t change. Someone did comment recently that maybe I should start again, but they didn’t come back and explain what they meant or how I would do so.
One thing that seems pretty clear about the online climate debate is that you’re never forgiven for what are seen as your past mistakes. As much as I may try, I’ll probably still continue to make the same mistakes I’ve made in the past, and probably some new ones too (although these will probably not be what others would regard as the mistakes for which I can never be forgiven). You also never quite get over not achieving what you claimed you wanted to do. Having a tagline Trying – and sometimes failing – to keep the discussion civil means that you get criticised if you ever fail to be as civil as you might hope. That you’re at least trying doesn’t appear to be worth recognising. On that note – and since it’s time for at least some changes – I thought I would change my tagline to something that I think is relevant, and that also reflects my heritage.
Anyway, I wish I could actually say something positive about all of this, but I am rather struggling. I do find the whole endeavour interesting (or else I would just stop) but I don’t think I can say that I regard it particularly positively. If I could be more cynical, I probably would be. The only positive thing that I can think of, is that most of what goes on probably stays in the blogosphere and that the rest of society isn’t quite this absurd. That may not be strictly true, but it’s what keeps me going. Since many regulars seem to appreciate Monty Python, I thought I would finish with something of their’s that nicely puts everything into perspective.