Seven years

Once again, WordPress has reminded me that this is the anniversary of me starting this blog. It’s been going for seven years now. If you’re interested in numbers, I’ve written about 1080 post. There have also been about 20 Guest posts, from people such as Richard Betts, Collin Maessen, Steven Mosher, John Russell, An Oil Man, Very Tall Guy, Brigitte Nerlich and Warren Pearce, Richard Erskine, and Zeke Hausfather (apologies if I’ve missed anyone). There have also been contributions from guest authors, such as Willard, Rachel, Michael Tobis and Lawrence Hamilton. It’s remained reasonably active, but I have found it more and more difficult to find things to write about. I realise that effective communication can involve repeating oneself, but it does get tedious after a while.

I’m also finding it tricky to write posts at the moment, giving the current pandemic crisis. I find I’m most comfortable writing about topics where either various opinions can be valid, or where I think I have sufficient expertise to express a view. I don’t think I have sufficient expertise to express a scientific view about the coronavirus pandemic, and I certainly don’t want to express views that might misinform. I do think there may come a time when it may be interesting to look back and and reflect on how science advice influenced our response to this crisis. Now is probably not yet that time.

Anyway, I just thought I’d highlight the seventh anniversary of this blog. I hope some have found what’s been written here useful and that it’s made a constructive contribution to the public discussion about climate change and the general role of science in society. I can’t remember if I’ve made this offer before, but since I am finding it more and more difficult to find the time to write posts, if anyone would like to contribute a guest post, do get in touch. I hope everyone keeps well and manages to successfully navigate what is likely to be a challenging few months, or maybe even longer.

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14 Responses to Seven years

  1. Rachel M says:

    Congratulations!! Happy 7 years of blogging 🙂

  2. pendantry says:

    If you want something to write about, the theme for this Earth Day (22nd April) is climate change… ….

  3. When I saw the title of the post “Seven years” I worried it might be followed by “itch”! Thankfully, no sign that you intend to hang up your spurs just yet.

    When I finally exited my self-imposed failure to confront AGW 6 years ago, I was hungry to learn as much as possible and I cast around for a scientifically literate blog that was unafraid to explore difficult questions in an uncompromising way; and engaging with all shades of opinion in a civil way.

    I quickly decided that andthentheresphysics was an important source of informed debate.

    You also did something that was unusual. Instead of the usual commentariat who would pick up on a new paper and simply overlay it with their pre-conceived spin, you would offer a scientific analysis and exposition of it, working from first principles. This made for lively commentary, because along with the often silly comments from the usual suspects, you had a great following of very well informed and skilled followers that added depth and colour to the discussion.

    All I can say is, thanks, and please keep going.

  4. Everett F Sargent says:

  5. anoilman says:

    Looking at the archives list… You’ve been busy. Good work, and thanks for the forum.

  6. John Hartz says:

    ATTP: Thank you for seven years of thought-provoking posts and for maintaining a high level of civility and decorum throughout.

  7. Kudos!

    And be of good courage.

  8. Dave_Geologist says:

    Congratulations ATTP! Long may you continue.

    Signed, a long-term lurker who decided “enough lurking”.

  9. Chubbs says:

    Congratulations! Not much new in the contrarian matrix, so can understand the ennui in pursuing that subject. For my perspective, biggest change in the climate space is the continuing erosion of the economic competitiveness of fossil fuels. This economic crisis is causing a huge surplus of energy; while, a shortage of energy helped cause the last.

  10. KenH says:

    I’m a long time lurker, but I have really enjoyed and appreciated your blog over these 7 years. I’ve learned a lot and I like your measured scientific approach to the subjects you choose.

  11. verytallguy says:

    Well done for 7 years, and for avoiding COVID without good reason to step in.

    Keep up the climate and occasional astronomy.

  12. Mal Adapted says:

    From its inception, this blog has been one of the best in terms of intelligent discussion. Let’s have seven more years of that!

  13. John M says:

    I’ve read and enjoyed of your posts for four or more years. Thank you and be assured my interest is not waning.

  14. Ben McMillan says:

    Yep, I’ve very much enjoyed your posts, and appreciated the effort involved in keeping the comments going off the rails too much (or at least too early).

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