Watching an LRB podcast with four credentialed UK and Irish writers and critics who all felt that blogging was a necessary thing to do (apart from Colm Toibn who asked the audience to show him how his mobile phone worked) naturally set me to thinking why I do this and to what if any effect.
Am I writing to myself, expressing some necessary emotion which only I read? I know this question is rhetorical because weebly tracks page visits but doesn't identify the visitors, so every time I put something new up the visitation graph spikes for a few days and from comments that people make on email or Facebook I realize who some of those readers might be. It would be nice to know more of you and you can leave a comment by going to the About Us button above.
Apart from the people I imagine do read these scribblings I have been suprised by the occasional reader in a foreign land who I don't know checking in and leaving a note.
There is a point to this exercise though - a kind of prelude to something more structured and extensive. You know!!
Meanwhile I am storing away the bits of knitting to make a whole suit with. My disgust with the status quo in politics and in particular the total disregard for science in favour of short term political gain is real and palpable. I would hope that it won't be necessary to continue with however. When the rubber hits the road - but wait a minute there is rubber all over the road as we crash from incident to incident and don't join the dots. Blind Freddy is running for PM next time around on the platform that he can see better than the incumbent. Anyone can.
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