I knew my one year blog anniversary was coming up but I honestly thought it was September 12. This morning when I logged into Sleuth4Health I noticed a strange, bright symbol up in the corner of my dashboard so of course, I clicked on it and out popped “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!”
So, indeed, today is my one year anniversary. The most important thing I have to say is, thanks for reading!
As anyone who writes a blog knows, it takes time – lots and lots of time. The higher the quality, the more time it takes. My original year plan for Sleuth4Health was to focus on anti-GMO topics so that eventually, I could advertise or sell organic products and supplements. I had hoped to turn this blog into some kind of income. Well, that didn’t happen.
For anyone who doesn’t know what did occur, I’ll summarize it for you: after being a sharp critic against GMOs and biotechnology, I encountered information via blogs and individuals that made me question what the heck I was doing – so much so that I completely changed the scope of Sleuth4Health to then defend GMOs and the science behind them. My turnaround has been compared to that of Mark Lynas, another recent GMO convert. I have also been on roughly the same trajectory of discovery as writer, photographer and blogger Fourat Janabi and it was a blog post of his that originally gave me pause, got me to thinking, and started this whole change process – a process that took about two months to complete.
I carefully choose my topics now and if its not a topic around GMOs, it still must pass scientific muster. It is no secret that I’m not a scientist. Call me an every day consumer with a humanities background. But I’ll still be sent to the corner wearing a dunce cap if I even hint at psuedo-science in a post because plenty of you hard core science-types are out there reading and bless you for your insistence that facts must be facts!
If the topic is GMOs, which I still write about a lot, what the scientists don’t catch, the farmers will. So I remain vigilant. I don’t want to mislead, misrepresent and most of all, I remain true to my commitment to tell the real truth, just as the subheading of my blog states.
So I will press on with Sleuth4Health. If there is a topic you’d like to see explored here, please let me know. If you’re a reader who doesn’t usually comment, I’d love to hear from you as well. It’s really nice to know people get something out of the effort put forth.
Truth be known, I’d still like to turn an endeavor such as this into a writing career. Still working on that one
If you’re at all curious about what my very first post was, see below. It’s funny, there is a similar timeline that anti-GMO activists all seem to follow and I was no different. Every time a new anti-GMO blog pops up, I can see my old self woven into the frightened words. It is nearly always a “been there, done that” kind of recognition. That is why all of my former anti-GMO posts remain on Sleuth4Health for all to see. They are a testament of how someone can change when offered better facts than what they had before.
On to my second year!
~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Very first posts on September 10, 2012