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.