I haven’t posted much in the last week or to, this is largely because real life means I have to put time into other things. This has allowed me a bit of time to step off the researching, reading and writing treadmill and reflect a bit on Think Defence.
Think Defence was started by me as an antidote to some of the drivel in the mainstream media on defence issues, hoping to provide an environment to sound off, rant and generally provide an outlet for a subject that I care about.
Think Defence does not make me any money, far from it actually and it takes a huge chunk of my time but it is fortunate enough to occupy a rather interesting place in the defence debate and gets what is frankly, a huge amount of traffic.
I have no desire to step out of the limelight and am very wary of taking myself too seriously or assigning some importance to what is just a bloody blog after all but visit statistics and especially where those visits come from (you would be surprised) place a bit of a, self-imposed arguably, obligation to always be accurate, always be relevant, always be writing and be very wary of making a joke or offhand comment because of who it might upset.
There are no delusions of grandeur or over inflated opinion of worth, don’t think that for one minute, but when over a thousand a visitors a day arrive from Google having searched not for F35 or CVF, but the term ‘Think Defence’ I do start to wonder.
It would be remiss of me at this point not to mention those who contribute comments and guest posts, I made the point before and will keep on doing so, it is readers, commenters and guests writers (you know who you are) who actually make this place far far more than the sum of its parts and I owe a huge debt and indeed, an obligation to them to also.
It gives me a rather warm feeling seeing others taking a small crumb of inspiration from here and finding their own voice, expanding the debate into other areas, either here or in their own sites (Sir H and Chris B for example)
It enriches our discussions enormously to have people from the USA, Germany, Holland, France, Singapore, Australia and others offer their perspectives on UK defence issues, no man being an island and all that, regardless of the fact we are, in fact, an island.
Get to the point you waffling old fart!
What I am trying to say first is thanks to everyone but am at a bit of a crossroads because Think Defence is turning into a full time part time hobby that is weighing a heavy at the moment.
I need to get my mojo back so will be having a bit of a serious think over the next few weeks about what do.
What are the objectives of Think Defence, has it made any meaningful contribution, can it be any more than just another place for people who are interested in this stuff anyway, does it need to change format, frequency or approach and more importantly, have I converted anyone to the joys of containers, military bridging and Mexeflotes?
The outcome of my blue sky naval gazing thought showering may well be to just carry on normal jogging, but as ever your opinions are most welcome.