Three months ago, when Sinclair gave us the news that he was closing down his blog (Catallaxy Files/Cat2), along with other Cats, I was sad. It felt like the end of our home of free speech and real news. While we were busy reminiscing and discussing options for a new blog, unknown to most of us, there was already one being put together.
There was much jubilation and gratitude in the Cat-world when we got a link to our work-in-progress new home. My initial reaction was to wait till everything was nicely in place: bugs ironed out, other issues sorted, and it was good to go. After that, I would decide whether this new blog was up to my perfect standards and worthy of my presence on it. But then, I realised that someone had taken a risk to step in and set up this blog, at short notice. Any new venture will experience teething troubles. Instead of waiting for it to be all safe and secure, I needed to get in and help. I joined that weekend, and have stayed with the blog, since then.
I have read the comments and posts by the blog owner. I have read the comments posted by the commenters. I have participated in discussions and posted my comments, opinions and rants on the threads. The content of comments posted on blogs contains more than just information about politics or society. It also provides an insight into the personality of the poster and clues about their life and character.
I understood, from all that I had read, that Adam (the blog owner) had seen a need for this free speech site to continue, and used his skills to quickly put it together. We were given an Open Thread to keep on chatting, while the bugs were being sorted on another site. Over that first month (August), there were indications that Adam was also busy with other commitments. But it was his post, A Personal Covid Journey, that detailed his experiences and clarified why the blog had not been getting much attention.
Like others here, I have felt frustrated with certain major issues that have been derailing the site. But instead of lobbing grenades and jumping to conclusions, I decided to give the owner a fair go, and allow time for the blog issues to settle down. I shared this decision in comments on the Open Threads.
Adam has already provided us with a snapshot of his life which indicates he is very busy. Like him, I too, do not have a great deal of spare time. But I will continue with my plan to give this site a fair chance to succeed. So I will be here, on Catallaxy Files (Cat3), contributing comments and posts, and helping out the best I can.
We jump hurdles. Sometimes, we fall. Life’s like that.
We pick ourselves up. Dust off. And carry on.
We carry on, the best we can. That’s all life asks of us.