Today we officially launch what started as a casual, off the cuff comment. Although we have indulged in some dithering along the way – things have gone remarkably smoothly considering that all communication has been conducted via email and blog commentary. Not to mention during a period when I have been working night shifts and attempting to finalise my end-of-year accounts.
How things pan out from here remains to be seen. Others have tried and seen their creations falter. Internet fora and blogs are much like business start-ups in that regard; many fail, a few succeed and do well. It doesn’t mean that the failures were a bad thing, merely that there wasn’t the custom or they didn’t get their market research right. What this place has in its favour is a collection of contributors who are already known elsewhere and have their own following – so hopefully, some of that following will come here and discover new writers and engage with what they – we – have to say.
One interesting aspect is that there will be disagreeing viewpoints in the same place. While we were exchanging ideas about what to call it and how it might work, I noticed a multitude of thoughts and disagreements – as I remarked, everyone has an opinion and they are all different. The response to that remark was, generally, that this is a good thing.
May the debate be lively, may our words be informative and may we cause anyone who drops by to pause and think a while about their preconceptions and their personal liberty. If we succeed in this, we have achieved our objective.
So, on this our first official day, welcome, pull up a chair, pour yourself a tea or coffee and make yourself at home.
And, from James and I – thanks for your support.