I've been completely overwhelmed by your responses and emails in the last couple of days. In fact, I had to take a break between reading each email to compose myself a little. Without exception, they all made me cry. I apologise for not replying yet, but I really, truly, don't know what to say. I could never have anticipated that little 'ol me could have possibly had such an impact; it just blows my mind.
You're all right of course, about the stats. I should have made it more clear that it was never about how many people are reading, it's the deliberate "I'm-sticking-my-fingers-in-my-ears-and-refusing-to-hear-the-bad-news" and the "oh-for-God's-sake-stop-banging-on-about-the-environment" attitudes I find so devastating.
You're also right, of course, that this is my blog and if I want bang on about the environment and only one other person reads it, then why should it matter? It seems clear from your comments and emails that perhaps there is room for a bit more amateur exploration and discussion of the "big issues" in the blogosphere now.
Boy, that gives me hope.
Even if it ends up being only five of you sticking it out with me :-)
Can you dig it? Are you prepared to read about the things that keep me awake at night? The things that break my heart when I contemplate my kids' future?
'Cause I so need to get them off my chest.