Well – I woke up this morning feeling a bit tired with the usual thoughts of whether or not to continue this blog or to abandon it, only to find two encouraging comments. It takes about an hour or so for the morning caffeine to kick in, so I hope my responses were OK. Things weren’t helped when, due to a computer error, I lost an hour’s worth of input.
One important request: apart from the Amanda Todd story (which has not progressed very far in the last few days) people seem to be interested – maybe more so – in the aspects accompanying the story. That is why I put ‘crossroads’ at the top of this post. Do I continue in a straight line with the story, or pursue the background elements, or both? Do I sort of go my own way, or respond to what people want? Which way?
But another thing struck me. Some readers of this blog might want to know more. Some readers might have come here looking for answers to other problems or, having read the blog, be perplexed by certain issues – suicide, mental health, bullying, online webcam activity and so on. I feel I would be failing somewhat if I didn’t do something about that. So what I intend to do is to have a sort of ‘Help’ page in this blog. In it, I will provide links to organisations like the Samaritans or Child-Line and other similar non-UK based groups; I would provide links to articles that may be helpful; and maybe even a list of books for further reading.
But I would need your help. I can’t read EVERY article, I can’t research every book, or every organisation.
I have no real idea who reads my blog – as far as I can see from the stats, it could easily be one person reading an entry 100 times, or 100 people looking at an entry once and thinking it’s rubbish. But I can guess that there are a few regulars. There is a ‘visitors’ count, but that only registers new people on a daily basis. And I’ve been lazy – I’ve made no real effort to publicise it. Maybe I should.
But I need some feedback. Would the ‘Help’ page be beneficial? Should I change the blog to be more for those affected by the story, rather than those who are looking for an accurate account of what happened?
As I say – today is a bit of a crossroads. If I don’t return today, I will be back tomorrow – just not quite sure what I will be saying!
Thanks for reading.