Right. What is all this?
All this is my blog. Like the tagline says, it’s where I reflect on my experiences and do some casual analyses of things that interest me. It might contain my thoughts on aspects of pop culture, history, video games, life in Japan, and maybe even some short fiction (or is it all fiction? How could you tell?). Anyway, I hope that it’ll all be fairly understandable by readers and encourage discussion; most posts will have some sort of question at the end just to help things along. Have fun!
Who are you, then?
I’m Doctor J H Watson. I’m a New Zealander, in my 30s, and after living in rural Japan I have moved to a Secure Undisclosed Location in New Zealand. I have a mixed background involving serving in the army, an unfortunately-prolonged stint at university, and a lifelong appreciation for clever use of language.
Are you the real Dr Watson?
Of course not. You do know he’s a fictional character, right?
So you’re not the real Dr Watson. Are you even a real doctor?
No. But I enjoy a good discussion as much as any of them.
Does that mean you respond to comments?
Yes! I read and generally respond to anything that isn’t spam. If that becomes a problem I’ll begin moderating comments, but for now you don’t even need to be signed in to share your thoughts with everyone. Please do!
I really like your post about X, but there isn’t enough of it / there’s a related subject I want to explore / it doesn’t match my drapes. Whatever will I do?
You should leave a comment. Like most creative types I am constantly on the verge of starvation and/or involuntary withdrawal, and I’m always looking for more things to discuss. If there’s something you want to hear more about then you should talk to me. No promises about whether it’ll get included, but I’ll certainly consider it.
I have an urgent desire to communicate with the author to swap chocolate cake recipes / discuss Matters Of Weight / know immediately – or sooner! – what he is thinking. How can I do this?
If commenting here isn’t your style, then you could always try Twitter. @watsondrjohn will be posting whenever there’s an update. For a more direct form of communication, simply input the following series of letters into your favourite email app: watson.dr.john.hamish at gmail.com (you know what to do with the at…). Friendly electronic spirits will convey your musings directly to my own similar device.
Is this the end of the FAQ that I have grown to love as much as – nay, more than – my own dear soul?
Not at all. It will only go on to become more powerful than you can possibly imagine…