I’ve now finally accepted, with a very heavy heart, that Hector Drummond is just not viable, and as someone who is not independently wealthy (independently broke is more like it) I can’t justify spending any more of my life on it (both the fiction and the blog). The blog numbers are steadily dwindling after a promising increase earlier this year, and my book sales are just embarrassing. I think Twitter is throttling me, because my reach has dropped like a stone recently. Parler, which I find unusable, is not a platform I have any cut-through on. I’ve only got a few dozen Patreon subscribers, and a grand total of one on SubscribeStar.
I am proud that a small band of readers have got something out of either my fiction or my non-fiction, or both, and heartfelt thanks to all of those who have sent some money my way and taken the time to comment (eg. Pcar with his regular links). Even the small amounts have helped. But after three years of virtually full-time work on the blog, plus eighteen months writing and editing the novel, I have to be more objective and accept that it’s too much work for too little money, and that there would never be the time to write more fiction anyway. My dream was to be a novelist, and I thought there was a market for Hector’s University satires, but it’s become abundantly clear that I was badly mistaken in that surmise. I shall, then, take my fiction-writing skills, such as they are, to pastures anew.
So you can unsubscribe from Patreon and SubscribeStar now, with my thanks.
I’ll keep the website up because I may as well leave the novel on Amazon (though I have no plans to write another, unless sales suddenly go through the roof at some stage). Also, people may stumble across the site while searching for information on Covid, and it may be of use to them. I may put up a few more blog posts this year just because there are some things I feel I need to wrap up (or maybe I’ll see if the Critic will have them). But please don’t send any more articles or graphs to me, and I apologise to those who had sent me material which I couldn’t get up.
I must thank profusely all those people who have sent graphs and articles in, particularly Christopher Bowyer who has been indefatigable in producing graphs week after week. The country is in your debt, even if it doesn’t know it. I do know from contacts that the Telegraph, and particularly the Daily Mail, have been influenced by this blog, and some of their writers have now picked up the lockdown-sceptic baton. I still think Prof Robert Watson produced the definitive analysis of Covid-19 (see here, here and here), which still holds up, and I remain a bit angry that he never got the credit he deserved for that.
If anyone else is fool enough to start up their own blog publishing graphs and articles on Covid/lockdown please put details in the comments. David Clark’s excellent graphs are available at his own blog which is here. You can also try sending material to Toby Young’s Lockdown Sceptics website.