There was a comment on another post which I really must take issue with because it seemed divisive – perhaps it was not meant to be. It said that Moggsy had given this blog a new lease of life. That, I’m afraid, ignores the contributions of quite a few people and perhaps it’s about time to mention them.
No one need tell me what Moggsy adds – it took me long enough and a certain amount of work behind the scenes to persuade her to post because I knew what it would add, the fresh perspective it would bring and I’m glad whenever she feels she can put a post up. She, JD, Dearieme and Wiggia add fresh perspectives, broadening the scope, adding a cultural element, making the blog what Tom Paine mentioned – a magazine.
But blogs need solid engine rooms which keep delivering with regularity – the old hands. Chuckles has an enormous impact as he it is who, by cutting me into his ubertraffic, delivers such a wide range of links and perspectives, often authoring himself, together with haiku – their banter alone suggests many blog ideas – allowing me to adopt an adminning, composing and editing role, with forays into confrontational political posts.
And there is a call for those, by the way, according to post stats. The techie posts are due to those two gents, of course.
Then we come to the Russes, Ken Craggses, Graham Robertses and Peter Hornes, all of whom deliver when and how they can. Rossa adds perspective and a fair amount of hard data behind the scenes. Readers don’t get to see the back room.
Various commenters who come in either regularly or sporadically always add perspective and they tend to be of a certain intelligence as well, thank goodness – do you see any vacuous comments anywhere?
Behind the scenes are Lord T and Rossa [in her other offer] who keep an eye on the technical side and I tell you now – this blog would not be here without those two.
Fellow bloggers are vital for perspective – we owe those guys and gals.
So it’s really not right to single out one person to the exclusion of others and I’m sure Moggsy herself would be the last who’d want this. If it were only me at this site, I’d never say what I’m about to say but as there are quite a few people who have made the blog worthwhile, I’m going to say it. The character of this blog is a mix of the different personalities and perspectives, the stats are pretty even – higher midweek and dipping towards Saturday – and range across the authors, putting us into the middling area in UK terms.
Again, if it were just me here, I could close the blog tomorrow and walk away, maybe onto some new project. But too much contribution by too many means N.O. presses on and I feel so many colleagues who are losing the taste for blogging, who are showing signs of weariness and despair – it’s you guys and gals who are going to be needed as society disintegrates sometime between the end of the year and maybe 2014.
Keep going, everyone.