To all the readers who make this blog worth writing: Thank you.
Thank you for sharing my work. One of the things that makes me proud is that often my blog posts are used as a reference source, linked to by other posts — and not just when they first come out. Every time I read in a comment at RealClimate, and in many other places, saying “See tamino’s post here,” it drives home the point that I’m not just making noise, I’m contributing to the internet’s knowledge base in a way that gets used. I’m making a difference. So are all of you. I’m not gonna stop.
I’m also regularly surprised (I guess I shouldn’t be) how much I learn from my readers. You’re a savvy bunch, and eager to share your knowledge. Because I moderate comments, I pretty much end up reading all of them. Believe me, my knowledge of the subject is considerably greater by virtue of your comments.
Finally: my wife reminded me that I shouldn’t be an ingrate, that it’s readers and donors who keep the effort alive. From time to time a reader makes good use of the “Donate” button on the right-hand side of the page. There are even a few who donate regularly. It’s a palpable expression of the fact that what I do here is considered something valuable. That makes me feel good, and it really does help me keep the blog going, maybe more than most folks fully appreciate.
Together, we’re all fighting to get the world to take the climate change issue seriously. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s quite unpleasant. But take hope, just as you give it; together, we’re making more progress than we know. With friends like you, it’s a lot easier to put up with all our enemies in denierville. Without you, the readers, it wouldn’t be worth it.
Keep up the good fight. I’m right there with you. Together, this will be our finest hour.