A long gap in postings. Yes. Blame a recent heavy workload including travel, a family holiday, and illness, although not necessarily in that order. In truth I’m finding the demands of work and family life leaving less and less time for blogging and I’ve been tempted to ‘do a Jeff Id’ and shut down. DITC doesn’t have the readership of Jeff’s tAV, but I know that, like Jeff, I’d be unable to resist breaking my resolution, so the better course of action is just to say that I’m no longer pressuring myself to do one or two postings a week. When I have time I’ll use it wisely; if I have something to say, I’m sure I’ll find some time. I am grateful to all who stop by to read and comment, and to those such as Charles, Kevin and others who contribute. Please don’t stop.
Since Anthony Watts is also stepping back a little from Watts Up With That, I intend to continue support there. When I do have a little blog time, that is likely to be the most effective use of it. I’ll also aim for time to complete some analyses that have been ongoing since Christmas (and even I hadn’t realised it was that long – oh dear). That’ll certainly merit a few posts.
On blogging, friends and acquaintances
Blogging has bought quite a weight of correspondence, which I enjoy. I’ll keep that up too, when I can. It has resulted in some great new friends and acquaintances and that is one thing I am most grateful for. In my travels recently I’ve managed to meet, finally, several people I’ve gotten to know through blogging. More on that in another post I think. At the moment also I’m copied into some interesting and long-running exchanges, which I appreciate and do read, even if I only occasionally reply.
Page views of DITC in WordPress are about to hit 85,000 since May 2010. Not bad. In fact since I started the blog on 12th November 2009, on Blogger and just before Climategate, I need to add >19,000 page views, so we’re over the 100,000 mark.
What I’ve been missing
While I’ve been away, or only glancing at the blog when there has been time (and I’ve had web access) I note Glacier National Park finally opened Going to the Sun Road on 13th July (latest ever). Well done to the plough/plow crew. I had planned a post on ‘Ploughing the Big Drift’ but that was one that got away. So too did a post on Row to the Pole (h/t M White), which I’d started on 12th June, but which Anthony Watts did so much better such that I didn’t finish mine. More seriously, Kevin alerted me to all the ongoing stuff on climate sensitivity kicked off by NicL at Climate Etc. So I finally got to read that last night and is has a curious connection with something else that turned up recently. Perhaps I’ll write that up too – later.