Friday, 31 December 2010

My readers. You know who you are. I do not

So long, and thanks for all the fish

I do not know who I have been writing Conductive World for, except of course for myself. I guess that this applies to most bloggers, in most fields.

Dear readers, I do not know who you are, or with any degree of precision even where you are. You are my 'dots' on whichever monitoring map I care to use at a given time.

You may see yourself on MapLoco's map at the top of this page. Knock twice on it (sorry, click) and it will open and let you inside. You might find yourself listed there. Or you might not. A funny thing, MapLoco (though it does produce an attractive visual image to head the page).

Or in the left-hand side-bar of this page, you will see a little green symbol for sitemeter. Click on this and it will open up on to a veritable treasure house of data about all you visitors ( I wish that I knew what all this means). You are a little more likely to find yourself here.

But neither will tell me who you are. That would never do!

On Boxing Day I met a young man who started talking to me about some of the things that he had read on Conductive World. He works in no relevant field and has no personal contact with disability. He just keeps an eye on it because he likes some of the stuff that he sees there.

Quite a few of you click across from the routine notifications made on my page on Facebook. I know that because sitemeter tells me so. But it does not tell me who you are. When I had a probem with Facebook a couple of weeks ago, then the number of visits fell a little.

Whe this was fixed they went up again, and in the middle of the Christmas Holidays they are running at eighty-odd a day.

After tomorrow Conductive World will no longer publish daily. Forgive me if that matters to you, but blogging is all rather taking over – and it is not exactly as if I were paid for it! My chance encounter on Boxing Day was an extraorinarily rare event: I met a reader. I have hardly ever met any, and very few write in or post a Comment. Why should they? But this means that, like in a lot of journalism (and that is all that this is, anateur journalism, I kid myself not), one is writing into a void, a great dark empty space from which no feedback emerges. Hardly rewarding and, more important, no way to attune to readers' ears.

All the more thanks then to those 'ususal suspects'who have accompanied and helped me along over the last three or so years. We all know who you are.

Readers, how many are you? I have no idea. Are 80 visits a day 8 people visiting 10 times each? Or 80 people visisting once a day? And the next day, are the 80 people then the same ones back for another dose? Or a wholly new 80? I can think of no intuitive mathemtical model to suggest to me how many people might actually drop in during a week of 80s. Logically somewhere somewhere between 1 and 560. Empirically, I know of a few who visit, including myself, so this raises the lower of these two figures and lowers the upper one.And over the following week...? (All that I say for certain from this paragraph is that this is the only time that I have used numerals within the text of Conductive World in this way)

And what do people make of any of it anyway? I started out so carefully, aiming to write in straightforward, clear sentence structures, using the core vocabulary of some sort of fantasy International English. Gradually, however, my language has become more and more British (British English in fact), riddled with the sort or colloquialisms, achaic usages, idiosycracies and allusions that I enjoy – and the misspellings and typos that I do not. Sorry about all that, folks, but you dots have kept a-comin'.

What do you come for? I do not know. Some of you come for actualities, looking to see what is new when you switch your computers on (I have heard this from several sources) or clicking across from Facebook if you spot something interesting (the word 'jobs' is a never-failing attraction!). Others of you come in for old stuff, often directed here by search engines. Not many, howvever, come from links on the common-or-garden CE sites. Some of these offer their readers some really wierd links, but they rarely provide a link to  Perhaps this site has been seen as a litle too edgy, dodgy even – I do sincerely hope so.

What will happen to my dots now that Conductive World will no longer publish daily. Presumably their numbers will decine. The site will, however, remain open, and perhaps there will be some who will wish to browse its back catalogue (I shall try to make doing this easier when I get round to it). And the search engines will still direct people here. Further, I shall still make the occasional posting when something strikes me a irresistable (though this might be on a rather wider range of topics than hitherto). Inter alia, new postings will still be notified on my Facebook page (and on Twitter at   That most civilised blog, InfoActivo,DefNet, by the Brazilian psychiatrist, Jorge Márcio Pereira de Andrade, might serve as a bit of a model for me in setting off on this course:

Daily blogging has become a bit of an addiction, an obsessive behaviour, and the best way to stop this will surely be – to stop it. Maybe readers will approve. Whoever you are.



Blogger baba said...

Andrew I will miss your updates
Ps : I am one of your readers that will be waiting for the next one

Friday, 31 December 2010 at 01:03:00 GMT  
Blogger Lisa Gombinsky said...

Lots of random hitchhikers guide to the galaxy as of late -- this hitchhiker will certainly miss the daily blog -- but I suspect I will know when to find you when I need to know whether or not something does indeed add up to 42. Don't panic, and always bring a towel

Lisa (a reader, and a rss subscriber)

Friday, 31 December 2010 at 02:08:00 GMT  
Blogger Roland said...

J'aime beaucoup lire ton travail Andrew.Je regarde chaque jour ce que tu écris..
Tu es une ressource inestimable pour le monde de la pédagogie conductive et tu crée un lien exceptionnel entre nous tous.
Il faut absolument poursuivre ton travail, c'est beaucoup plus important que tu ne le penses.

Sunday, 2 January 2011 at 19:57:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew DSutton said...

Roland, vous êtes comme d'habitude tout à fait trop gentil.

Moi, je pense que cette «ressource inestimable» n'a pas été estimée pour assez longtemps maintenant.

Le Congrès de Hong Kong a été tout ce que je me l'attendais à être. Certaines personnes là ont été un peu choqué. Ils m'ont dit: «Je pensais que vous aviez été exagéré. Maintenant, je vois et je comprends ». Je soupçonne cependant que nombreux étaient ceux qui ont vu mais encore ne comprends pas. Ils font partie du problème, ils ne font pas partie de la solution.

Rarement il ya eu plus fine et plus noble cause qui a été si mal servi par son propre gens (moi y compris). Je vais continuer à travailler pour la cause, mais la majorité des personnes, institutions, idées, etc qui vivent de lui: Je m'en fous de tous ceux». Je fais cela pour le bien de ma santé mentale reste!

Je vais maintenant, avec plus de douceur, se concentrer sur les «comprehensions» de l'éducation conductive.

En ce qui concerne le monde réel, je vais aider à la tentative de créer de meilleures structures d'identifier et de réunir une nouvelle génération de parents et les professionnels, pour leur transmettre les meilleures connaissances communicabe du passé, et de lutter contre les sottises qui ont pollué la la conscience collective. Mais de lutte réelle et, j'espère, les récompenses de la victoire, ces doivent être pour les autres.

Je vous remercie pour vos paroles toujours si généreuses. Si vous pensez qu'il ya quelque chose que je peux faire pour aider dans votre propre lutte, alors s'il vous plaît, contactez-moi... et ne soyez pas surpris si, dans l'intervalle, je vous contacterai.


Sunday, 2 January 2011 at 23:49:00 GMT  

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