Thursday, 1 August 2013
I wanted to provide a short update on the site and what is likely to happen over the next few months. This blog has been going for about 18 months now and to be honest has been far more successful than I could ever have imagined when starting up a quiet site to post my thoughts on defence issues of the day. It is a tremendous challenge to keep generating articles over this time, and in particular to provide meaningful comment rather than reportage.
Those of you who've written blogs will appreciate the weight of expectation that falls on an authors shoulders. It is very hard to continuously generate work for a blog and keep it alive, rather than stale. I have always held to the view that when I run out of things to say, then that’s probably the time to shut the site down. I do not think I am there yet, and there is plenty more out there that I wish to write about, but I would like to get across to readers that it can be quite hard to write about things sometimes. Its also hard to try and keep a balance in subjects – looking at the site statistics, I find that the most keenly observed and commented upon articles tend to be naval related, usually closely followed by matters linked to the MOD. I do try to keep a balance on what I write about, but as this site is usually driven by what is in the news or the discussion forums, it can be a bit overbalanced in one form or another at times. Similarly, I try not to write about things which I may have some prior understanding of, but where my knowledge or exposure is now fading – there is nothing more dangerous than having someone write about something now that they used to know about!
I must confess to feeling a sense of frustration recently that there has been a significant growth in what I would describe as offensive comments, designed to attack myself as an individual rather than add to a debate. I've deleted these comments, but while on holiday this week, I must confess to seriously considering closing this site down. It is demoralising to spend a lot of my own personal time writing only to find anonymous trolls feeling it is appropriate to attack me for no reason beyond their own twisted agenda. The frustration that comes from spending my scarce time cleaning up after a trolling outbreak is beginning to outweigh the pleasure I get from writing for this site.
Those of you who know me in real life know that I'm about to get married in the very near future. This means that there will be a gap of about 4-6 weeks starting later this month where the site won’t be updated as I'm afraid the wedding and subsequent honeymoon must take priority over commenting on the affairs of the day!
On my return in early October, I hope to be able to return revitalised, refreshed and able to once again blog away, commenting in my own time on those defence issues which I find of personal interest. In the interim, if there are subjects you’d like to see raised, or commented on, then why not send me an email and put them forward. If I think I can cover it, then I will do my best to do so.