An apology

…for the lack of new posts recently.

I’ve been involved in a lengthy debate with some HIV sceptics over on my Christine Maggiore post.  I know, judging by my main feed, and the front page of the blog, it looks as though I’ve been very lazy over the last little while.  I have actually been producing several thousand words on some days, but it’s all been buried in the comments to that thread.  I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m quite proud of quite a lot of what I’ve written there (especially here, here, here, here, here, and here), but some of it gets rather technical, and it’s all in support of the, to most people, obvious facts that HIV causes AIDS, AIDS can kill people, and treatment with antiretrovirals helps to stop people dying, so I won’t take offence if some (all?) of you don’t want to read it.

Anyway, I’ve closed the comments on that thread now, so I should be able to turn my attention back to the blog proper now.  Hopefully I might even manage to write some stuff that’s related to the main point of this blog – there’s a certain amount to tell you on the MH front, some of it positive, some of it mixed, but not too much of it negative (at the point of writing, anyway…).  As they say, watch this space…

One final thing to let you know about – I’ve taken the decision to temporarily impose moderation on all comments.  This is because, to be honest, I’m expecting some of the people who’ve been commenting on the AIDS thread to not want to let matters drop, and I don’t want every set of comments to become hijacked by people who only want to talk about one thing, especially as the ‘one thing’ is pretty off-topic for this blog.  I’ve seen it happen to some other blogs, and I want to try and avoid it happening to mine.

Please do carry on commenting – I’ve never had a problem with any of my regular commenters, and I’m still really interested to know what you think about what I say, even (especially) if you disagree.  The only reason a comment won’t appear is if, as always, it’s spam – I’m sure, like me, you’ve all seen enough ads for free online casinos and cheap car insurance to last you a lifetime – or if it’s an attempt to talk about HIV/AIDS when that’s not what the post is about.  Everything else will keep appearing in the way it always has, just not straight away.

I’m intending to check for new comments twice a day (once at late morning/ lunchtime, and again in the evening), so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for what you say to appear.  (I may check more often, but I’m promising twice a day because I should be able to manage that, whatever happens to my mood/ mental state.)  Also, this is only a temporary measure.  At some point I’ll be moving back to allowing all comments to appear straight away, but, obviously, I won’t make an announcement when that happens – you’ll just notice that your comments stop waiting for moderation.

Right, well, I’m off to read up on all those blogs I haven’t had time to read over the last little while.

Take care, and see you soon,

Aethelread.

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6 Responses to An apology

  1. Zoe says:

    The reason I haven’t been commenting on the AIDS thread or much else lately A, is that I am zonked out n a new drug called Clonazepam, and in the Crisis Unit in Haringey. A lot of what you’ve been writing has simply gone way over my head.

    The Buddhist retreat had some interesting results for me. One was that I finally tracked down Mr Right. As in all the best Mills and Boon novels this has had a transforming effect on my life. From plain jane Cinderella to the prince’s bride and all that. Except naturally I don’t believe in marriage.

    Crisis Unit has really come up trumps for me this time. NEW RELATIONSHIPS ALWAYS SEND ME A BIT HIGH AND THIS WAS NO EXCEPTION. Friends have rallied around and even the MH professionals have been doing their level best to keep me on the straight and narrow. No crack smoking with dodgy Tottenham types for me this time!

    So if I have a suggestion to keep me and your other female bloggie friends reading I suggest we get back to the topic of mental health and relationships. Our main preoccupations don’t you know.

    And by the way, how are you at doing hair? Lots of love as always, Zoe.

  2. aethelreadtheunread says:

    Thanks for the comment, Zoe.

    Well, on the one hand, i’m sorry to hear that you’ve been in the crisis unit, but on the other, i’m glad to here that other things are going well, and the whole experience has been better for you than sometimes.

    I’m in agreement with your suggestion – this is meant to be a blog about MH stuff with only occasional posts about other things, so i definitely need to re-focus a little. I think that’s what most of my readers are interested in, male or female. :o)

    And as for how i am at doing hair – well, i’ve been known to cut my own, but unless you want a No. 3 all over with a set of clippers then you’d probably be best off asking someone else… ;o)

  3. cellar_door says:

    I enjoyed your HIV post, it was very interesting, so don’t feel the need to restrict yourself on our behalf :o) People write best when it’s something they’re passionate about, I find…

    Anyway, hopefully I’ll be about here a bit more once the net is working properly again :o(

  4. Alex says:

    I’ve just checked the comments thread for that post, and I can’t believe I missed a proper argument. Dispiriting. =D

  5. Lola Snow says:

    I have very little to add of interest. Can I interest you in some cheap car insurance?

    Lola x

    PS Looking forward to regular posting again.

  6. aethelreadtheunread says:

    Thanks for the extra comments.

    cellar-door – i’m pleased you found it interesting. I am kind of regretting writing the post, because it seems to have slightly affected the way i feel about the blog – it doesn’t feel quite like the friendly place it used to, but i’m hoping i should be able to recapture that in due course. Sorry to haer you’re still struggling on, net-wise – should i take it that the nice PC repair man didn’t manage to fix it? Hope you get back on before you wind up fgoing completely crazy anyway… :o)

    Alex – Ah, you see, i just assumed you lit the blue touch paper then retreated to a safe distance… ;o) Good to hear from you, btw – was beginning to think you must have been suffering from the hangover to end all hangovers… :o)

    Lola Snow – thanks for the offer, but i seem to have got all the car insurance i can use. Now, if you’ve got any of that herbal viagra going cheap… ;o)

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