UPDATE - 16-08-2017
I'm delighted to say normal service on my blog has resumed. There was almost a hostile takeover there for a while, dark forces were wearing me down with their anger and hostility.
I hasten to say, I had no objections to Ziggy offering an alternate perspective, but eventually, even I could see that he had a firm agenda to break down what he would call 'myths' supposedly born of Goncalo Amaral's book and discussed constantly on social media. He is the unwanted 'Admin' keeping my readers on his topic.
Effectively, he was attempting to steal my blog, from under my nose, and as a bleeding heart liberal I was allowing him to. The turning point came, when I realised that he didn't actually like it here. He had no respect for me and no respect for my readers, it was then that I was hit by the overwhelming smell of coffee. A very fine one too, Americano, my current fav instant.
My critics were right of course, I was being dim. The USP of every blog, is the blogger's personality. It is a wonderfully narcissistic reflection of your life and times, not quite a personal journal, but not too far away. Ziggy was taking over, changing the tone and format of the discussion. Worse, he was bringing in the kind of nastiness seen only in the forums. Nitpicking and repeating every line, so he could respond with a thousand words, where one or two would do.
Regardless, I am back to looking forward to opening my postbox, I always enjoy reading alternate views and the interesting topics that arrive with each new post. Normal Service has been Resumed!
Gaw'd knows what's happening to it [my blog] 18:49, most of it is above my head too! Since I mentioned the Hadron Collider and Tolkien, the Boy's Own have taken over. As the mother of two sons, both the aforementioned are forbidden topics in my home! On their part, I am not allowed to discuss Madeleine McCann or the divine gowns worn at the Oscars.
I am not sure if the forces at work here are dark or mischievous, some may be testing how far they can go off topic before I become like every forum host who has gone before me. Some slip through due to the sheer volume of incoming, and some are not caught by my 'spam' catcher. Ziggy, I'm afraid, I only skim read, he has lost my attention. And ex husbands everywhere must know that feeling. For my inattention to Ziggy's rants, I must apologise, not only is he disrespecting me, he is disrespecting my readers and other posters. But as you will see from my reply to him today, my patience is running out.
I am a great believer in the concept that debate/ discussion will naturally find it's own level 18:49 with minimal intervention. I like to think my blog is an level playing field, where everyone has equal opportunity to present their case. The popular posts get more responses, or should I say more positive responses, and those with flaws have those flaws pointed out.
Ziggy plays Devil's Advocate, or he tries out possible scenarios that will alleviate Gerry and Kate of any blame. He is fuzzy on his knowledge of this case, hoping it will make him appear as the outsider he pretends to be. He hasn't read Goncalo Amaral's book, but he knows every sniffer gland on the end of a spaniel's nose. He knows those parts of the McCann abduction story that are weak, and those are the ones he keeps plugging, and of course, where his 'expertise' lies.
He doesn't bother with Bennett, HideHo, Hall et al, because they aren't a threat, they will only ever appeal to a gullible, niche, audience. And besides which, they have always supported the parents' case that they have been victimised because of Goncalo Amaral's book. And whilst in very arrogant mode, the McCanns with all their high priced lawyers and prize winning authors etc, didn't destroy Bennett and Hall - I did. One of the reasons, Kate needs me for her book, btw.
My blog however, is a different kettle of fish. It has intelligent readers and intelligent contributors and it can in no way be described as a 'hate site'. That is getting through, and that is why my blog is becoming so popular. There is no 'shame' attached to posting here, it is a reasonable discussion among reasonable people. I don't investigate people, I don't put them on public trial, and I don't find them guilty in a kangaroo court.
But let's return to those dark forces 18:49. I have made lots of enemies along the way - I have no idea why, I'm really quite charming! But it is as it is. I have frustrated many dreams, I am the Mozart to their Antonio Salieri (though Salieri is giving them too much credit), They may have spent a zillion hours researching and finding links, but it's Cristobell Unbound who makes no claims for anything, that the followers of the Madeleine case want to read. That's got to irk.
Those who are genuinely seeking the truth in the McCann case, are watching as developments unfold, as is this blog. Like the rest of the world, they have moved on from 2007. They have little, if any, interest in the scurrilous tales that began in cheap tabloid headlines and that were picked up by porn sleuths, who thought they had stumbled across the Sodom and Gomorrah, the Good Lord warned them about. Enter Bennett, Hall, Textusa and Hyatt. And an honourable mention for Jim Gamble. All of whom are currently trapped in a timewarp.
This blog has always been under attack from dark forces 18:49. JG for example has warned me on twitter that I am not to say anything libellous about him or the US NCMEC, and JG is a ex cop, who has used counter intelligence all his working life. I have no doubt, I am watched very closely. They live in trepidation of the day I write a blog entitled 'J'Accuse', or maybe an article that closely examines the role in society of missing children's charities and dedicated police agencies. An alternate title, might be, 'the way in which the Government and the 'Establishment' ensure we all live in fear'. Then there is the involvement of MI5, MI6 and the death of Brenda Leyland. A little paranoid I know, but one of the reasons I stay in plain sight and constantly reassure people that I am not in the least bit suicidal.
Should I ever decide to kill myself, it would be in a sleazy nightclub in New Orleans after having sung all of Billy Holiday's greatest hits to a cheering audience who love my sparkly dress, and having taken copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, and said 'they shoot horses don't they'. My sons however, recommend Dignitas or a holiday in Syria. How I wish the anti feminist Good Lord had given me daughters - they would be ruling the world by now!
But I digress. The McCann camp, I think, are very unsure. They want to condemn me, but they can see how I can be used to their advantage. And I should add, I am the last chance saloon, if the worst comes to the worst option, but look at what they have had so far? If they know anything about PR, and they really should by now, Gerry should have that white board out looking at the wider agenda. They can still make amends, and they can still provide for their children.
But before hubris swallows me entirely, my audience may drop dramatically should I axe Ziggy, but now he is lowering the tone of my blog, that matters less and less. My blog is precious to me. It is a 'work of art' of some sort, lol. I hope my 'other' works, of which there are many, will be my 'legacy' (hopefully profitable, lol), but this is a baby I dote on and nurture.
I don't take online stuff personally, which is why I have been able to read and observe the bizarre behaviour in forums. I have observed the Cesspit and the pro McCann counter campaign with a mixture of disgust and fascination. Long ago, that freaky behaviour reached that point in Animal Farm, where the pigs become indistinguishable from the men. The bloodlust, on both sides, is quite bizarre in the 21st century. The gravity of it brought to mind my own personal awakening, when I realised that fascism and communism eventually become one. A bit off topic I know, but an anecdote that reflects the shock of my realisation that a lot of the 'antis' were very mean people with issues of their own!
What makes them mean 18:29 - who knows? A lasting grudge that life has treated them badly, a belief that anyone and everyone around them is to blame for current or past misfortunes and their own dissatisfaction with life. They will always look around for someone else to blame and they will never be mature enough to understand that they are responsible for their life choices. They alone make every decision. Of course Neitzche (sp) said it far more eloquently than I.
I don't in any way want to curb the spontaneity and freedom of speech of those who post here 18:29, and in my experience, even the tiniest beginnings of rule making sets in motion the kind of dictatorial state that none of us want.
But I am waffling, which is certain to irritate my critics - they are only here to find subversive or libellous statements, lol so the fluff must grate, not intentional of course. All my own personal haters have tried every trick in the book to close me down or label me a headcase or establishment plant 18:29, including social media smear campaigns from both sides. But in the words of Chumba Wumba, I get knocked down, I get back up again
The greatest threat to my blog is a poster who can change the dominant ideology - I think most who read here, believe the parents and Tapas group were involved. But as yet, no-one has emerged who can sway the majority over to 'The McCanns are Innocent' - and I fear Ziggy is their best shot. He is trying lots of theories here, but none of them are 'taking', I'm not sure he has persuaded anyone, and heaven know, I've given him enough tries.
I do take heed and listen to the advice of my contributors 18:29, 'ask the audience' is always the best option, but I still lean towards the goodies will always win over the baddies. They don't need the odds altered in their favour. I have confidence in my own ability to challenge misinformation, but more so, I have confidence in my readers, who more often than not, present far more concise and articulate arguments than my own!