Since the start of my blog in September, 2012, I have always been curious about who reads it. I know people do because the hit counter steadily climbs and the world map lights up – ever reminding me that people are reading in countries like Guernsey, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Namibia or Brunei Darussalam. 126 countries in total have color value on this world map. Cool!
By far, most people who read Sleuth4Health reside in the USA, as of course do I. Second to those are the ever faithful Canadians, with the Brits not far behind their North American colonists. It makes sense that these English speaking nations would be the most avid readers of blogs in English. Coming in a strong 4th place, however, is linguistically gifted Germany (every German I’ve ever known speaks at least three languages), for which I have no explanation other than that perhaps as a country, they have a strong interest in GMOs and biotechnology in general. (Ihr Deutschen interessieren sich in Artikeln über GVO, nicht wahr?)
Anyway, since my conversion to pro-science and supporter of GMOs, I have observed my readership to be largely of the science and agriculture crowd. At least these are the folks who comment regularly and are quick to let me know if I’m wrong (which I often am), have left something out, or if they disagree.
Every now and again, however, I hear from someone just like me – non-scientist, open-minded, well educated but not a PhD, lover of learning and the real truth, aware of what’s politically correct but wanting to make sure there is solid reason for one’s loyalty, commitment or support.
With her permission, I’d like to publish an email I received recently from one such individual: Corinna of Alberta, Canada.
I am a complete stranger to you (a 31-year-old stay-at-home-mom to three residing in Alberta, Canada). Thank you for your blog.
Like the vast realm of those of us who like to read and talk with others, I’ve been inundated with all kinds of wheat-is-now-toxic, GMO’s-will-be-our-demise, never-trust-another-pharmaceutical-company information recently. Like you, I’m not a scientist but I do have a 4 year degree in Psychology as well as an Elementary Education degree and I love to study and learn and seek the truth.
Long story short, if it weren’t for people like you who are willing to seek both sides of every story until you find what is proven true, (plus, have enough humility to admit you’ve changed your mind when important!) I would likely be bogged down and falling with great fear to the anti-GMO movement (and any purely ‘Natural’ movement out there).
I discovered your blog after one of my FB friends posted your GMO’s It’s all in your Head blog post. Since then, I’ve read nearly your whole blog and have been refreshed, excited, and relieved by it.
Thank you! Know that you have a much broader audience than you might suspect!
Keep up your wonderful work – and sharing!
My thanks go out to Corinna. At the risk of sounding very obviously trite, maudlin and cliché all at once, it does sometimes seem that my fingertips press laptop keys in vain, that people don’t really care all that much, that if I stopped writing this volunteer blog, the world would still turn (and of course, it would). Periodic reminders such as this nice email remind me that my words, position and journey are appreciated and really do matter. And wouldn’t you know it, on the same day I clicked on Corinna’s email, I got invited to be part of a discussion panel via skype in an upcoming ‘Ag Innovation Syposium’ in Idaho.
Soldier on – I will!
Thanks to all my readers!
Note to readers: If you’d like to guest post, let me know. I am always welcoming of fresh ideas. I also am buried in my new teaching job and could use some help with researching topics.