So, I go away for a few weeks holiday, and when I get back I see that there has been a bit of disturbance in the ATW force. I think I am now up to date as to what has been going on. A few thoughts for you all;
1. When a blog site dedicated to political debate ends up talking about itself, that’s not a good sign. I do understand people feel passionately about issues and that is fine but such passion should be expressed as politely and with as little ad hominem as possible. When I read your expressions of anger directed at each other, I just feel a sense of hurt, and to be honest it de-motivates me. I do wish people either get along or if that is too much to ask just ignore each other.
2. We’re living in an age where social media is impacting in the blogosphere. This has implications for the future. I see blogs closing down or going into semi-retirement across the net. Why? Because it takes time to post an item whereas a tweet or a facebook takes about 30seconds. It’s the battle between consideration and spontaneity. I believe there should be space for both and so ATW will continue.
3. However ATW WILL be changing going forward. I will not post as much as I have – the pressure is simply too great. That said, I post more than most so I dare say the place will not look that differently to what it does now. As you know I have the Biased BBC website to maintain and when you combine that with my own growing media commitments, as Booker T put it, “Time is Tight”.
4. I have been planning to write a new book for years and despite a few starts found it impossible because of the time pressures on me. That’s changing. I have already started the draft of my second book and intend to complete by summer end. This is the same time format I used to write Unionism Decayed. I also intend it to be an Ebook, for digital download. If “50 Shades of Grey” can do it, so can I!
I want to thank all of you who come here, who honour me with your time, thoughts, contributions and suggestions. ATW has become an institution over the years and it strikes me most of us should be institutionalised! Those of you who know me will gather I am a very driven person and I do not willingly abandon something that has taken years of my life to build up.
So ATW will stay, I hope you will keep coming here, and above ALL I really really wish you would all try and be friendly. I can’t make you but I can ask you. I’m asking…