The first post on this blog was on 21 April 2011, a few days before I left the RSPB. Today saw the 1500th blog post here, and, by chance, the 20,000th comment on that blog too.
Early on, I told you what this blog would do, and I’m glad to see that I have held true to those original aims (and I’m amused at the title of that post).
Much more recently, I updated that prospectus and that still looks pretty accurate.
I’m afraid we are likely to go through a rather Hen Harrier dominated month from now until after the Inglorious 12th – some of you might get a bit bored by it, but I promise to lighten the load when I can with plugs for my new book (A Message from Martha – have I mentioned it?), farmland birds, my attempts to become a more rounded naturalist, comments on how well the government is doing etc etc And soon after the grouse shooting season starts I will try to take a more complete break from Red Grouse and Hen Harriers (if events allow). This, of course, depends on our e-petition to ban driven grouse shooting reaching 10,000 signatures as quickly as possible.
A few words on comments:
You are welcome to comment on the posts on this blog. Please try to keep more or less to the topic of the blog. Most of you do, most of the time.
If you have never commented here, please consider doing so. A bit more variety would be appreciated by me, and, I’m fairly sure, by other readers. However, I really appreciate the comments that do appear here from a variety of sources, views and personalities.
Every comment that appears here is moderated by me to check that it is legal, not libellous, not in poor taste etc. That is quite a task. It’s quite easy if I am sitting at a computer but it takes quite a while longer if I am out and about and am receiving your comments on my phone.
I get notified by email when a comment arrives for this blog – at least, that used to work quickly and well but in the last few months the emails have not always arrived and have sometimes arrived noticeably late. I have no idea why but I apologise for any delays in moderating comments. The comments still arrive on the blog but that requires me to check frequently, which again, I do if i am at home as i am often at the computer, but it doesn’t happen so frequently if i am out and about.
There are some people who comment here whose comments are briefly scanned and rapidly approved – I won’t name names but they are regular contributors who I trust.
If your comment takes a ‘long’ time to appear it might be because of one of several reasons (or a combination): I haven’t had it; I haven’t noticed it; I have noticed it but I am doing 60mph up (or down) the A1 and I can’t deal with it; I am in the middle of writing a post and can’t moderate your comment without losing my flow; it has links in it that I need to check and I can’t be bothered to do that on my phone because it takes ages; you have already posted several comments on the same blog on the same day (sometimes in the same hour) and I just think you should let someone else have a say and get your thoughts straight before you start(!); your comment is straying off subject; your comment is a rather blatant plug for another blog; you say something to which I am keen to reply and I don’t have the time to reply straight away so you’ll have to wait.
From memory, there are still only about half a dozen comments which I have not posted here. For interest, the spam filter has weeded out 600,000 spam comments which I am glad I haven’t had to read (isn’t the world a strange place?). There have been a few, maybe a dozen, comments which I have edited – and indicated how and why they were edited.
Thanks for your comments. Please keep them coming.