No, I haven't had a few ales, but I wanted to mention how much I appreciate comments. There are a few regulars who do so. To them, I want to say that I think would enjoy spending time with every one of you. Commenters on here are a very unusual bunch. They are intelligent and confident and individual. From what I can discern, almost all have lived rich, different and interesting lives, some of them, spookily like mine. If this is a niche blog, the niche is the people who contribute. I don't really see them as commenters, but contributors. I like to take a back seat, once the ball is rolling, but that does not mean I am not engaged, since every comment is read by me.
As for anybody who is a regular reader and wants to comment but hitherto has not (and I know who you are) please feel free to do so. I habitually return the compliment for new visitors if they have their own blog, and take an interest in all who put their heads above the parapet.
So now you know, well over a thousand pageloads every week, and frankly, I am not the most accessible blogger out there, or the most agreeable. I have stopped chasing "traffic" because it is ultimately pointless, and requires me to spend more time than I have. I prefer to work on the posts (well, most of them) and leave them as a permanent record, for whatever world we have in the future.
But, to those who comment, thank you again.