Yet another celebration!
Precisely one year ago today, I posted the first article on this blog. At the time, I had little inkling of what it might mean to have my own blog. It was a friend who put me up to it and very kindly helped me setting it all up. I had my doubts that I would enjoy doing this – but life is full of surprises; as it turned out, I do enjoy it tremendously.
Within one year, I have posted over 160 articles – that is almost one every second day – which generated in excess of 4000 comments. The blog now attracts about 600-1000 visitors per day and is regularly mentioned elsewhere. I don’t know how to measure the success of a blog but, I guess, these figures do not exactly indicate failure.
Am I perhaps a bit of a masochist to do all this? I certainly got challenged, attacked and insulted left, right and centre by some of my readers. But that’s part of the fun and it also makes an important point: fanatics will regularly resort to ad hominem attacks when they lack rational arguments (which they often do). But I do not think that I am a masochist; I hope I have other reasons for writing this blog; and I have tried to put them into words in one of my posts.
This first anniversary is, I think, foremost an occasion for a big THANK YOU. First of all, thanks to the friend who helped me setting up the blog and who guided me through all the difficulties and worries that followed. I also want to thank all the commentators; I know you are not all in agreement with me, but debate and differences of views are the engine that drives progress; so please keep your critical comments coming. I furthermore thank my guest-bloggers for their excellent contributions and hope we will see more of them.
And finally, perhaps even foremost, I need to thank those in the field of alternative medicine who provide me with more than enough bogus claims, implausible notions, fanatic beliefs, weird concepts etc.; this enables me to find ample material to continue writing critical analyses for a life-time.
THANK YOU ALL.