Digging the Dirt has been going for just over a year now.
They say time speeds up as you get older and the pedal certainly seems to have been stuck to the floor since I first posted last December.
When I started this blog it was frankly a bit of an experiment which I thought would last about a month.
So, one year on, I have not only surprised myself by keeping it going but I have also been very pleasantly surprised that some people have even wanted to read it – and I don’t just mean the Ukranian web-crawling robots who add to the page count, but hey, they’re welcome too!
I have also been very grateful for the support of all those I have “met” on twitter who have re-tweeted my posts and to those who have commented on my posts, either on this website or, as tends to happen more often, on twitter or linkedin, where these posts are often shared.
Somebody, rather churlishly perhaps, suggested a year ago on linkedin (when I rashly, or brashly, announced I had started a property law blog) that I wouldn’t have anything to write about. It hit a nerve at the time because it was what I was thinking too.
Instead, it has turned out to be quite an eventful year; “events, dear boy” being rather more welcome for bloggers than they are for prime ministers.
However, I’ll resist the temptation now to segue into a tedious year-end round-up of notable highlights in the world of commercial property and environmental law; you can be your own judge of them.
In the real world 2011 has been a very challenging year for a great many people, and every indication suggests that 2012 could be even more so.
If FDR’s wisdom of 1933 applies equally today, and the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, then the media are certainly fighting a fierce insurgency on behalf of that unseen enemy.
Time spent reading the financial pages rounded off with an hour in front of Newsnight can leave you shell-shocked, although the real frontline of this war exists in lives drifting further and further from the zone any of our politicians are able to influence.
Nobody knows anything anyway, except perhaps this:
“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back again when it begins to rain.”
And even the authorship of that gem is in dispute (it was either Mark Twain or Robert Frost).
Anyway, that’s more than enough from me for one year.
I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.