That is not dead which can eternal lie….

Back in March of this year, the Mental Nurse blog, which I was editing at the time, closed its doors. The immediate reason was fairly mundane. I’d accidentally borked up the auto-renew on the domain name, and before I could resolve it a cyber-squatter swiped the domain. As it happens though, there were other issues going on in the background, which made it wise for me to get off the internet and keep a low profile.

I can’t tell you what those issues were, which is a real shame because it’s an absolute potboiler of a story. The story is not exactly over, but what does appear to be over is the part where I was at risk. I hope one day to be able to tell the tale, and the most spectacular episodes may be yet to transpire. But for the moment it must remain the greatest story never told.

Even though I was at risk, blogging is seriously addictive and I did pop up here and there on various blogs, including this one. Quite frankly, I just couldn’t stay away. Most recently I was doing so under the username Veruca Salt. Apologies for the sockpuppeting. Also apologies to those of you who thought I was a woman. The gender confusion has created some interesting sensations for me. 🙂

I don’t intend to resurrect the Mental Nurse blog. There’s too much water under the bridge there, and it already has a worthy legacy in this new TWIM blog. I’d like to thank Pandora and her co-authors for creating such a sterling online community out of the ashes of Mental Nurse.

My intention now is to focus on my new blogging project The Not So Big Society, along with my new co-blogger Ermintrude2. The theme of this site is, to quote the sub-heading, health and social care as if people mattered.

These are difficult times for health and social care, and the worst times may be yet to come. I suspect we’ll have a lot to talk about.

…and with strange aeons even death may die.

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About Phil Dore

Trained as a nurse, currently working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). All views expressed are in a personal capacity and not necessarily the views of my employer.

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