[For James Higham himself, please go to Main author. Reason for this separation is that that page is used across a number of blogs, whereas this is about Nourishing Obscurity only.]
History of Nourishing Obscurity
In 2001, I was living and working in Russia and bought my first PC, complete with dial-up internet. Thus began the great knowledge expansion and by 2003, I was telling friends that the US had no intention of leaving Iraq and that the Muslim invasion of Europe was about to start.
In those early days, bloggers on the net included Stephen Pollard, Clive Davis and Oliver Kamm, Tim Worstall and Devil’s Kitchen.
In 2006, there was an altercation with a blogger called Indecent Left, on the subject of God and it went for days. However, it was on Stephen Pollard’s blog and it seemed best to move the battle to my own site.
It started here, on Blogger and went until 2009, at which point I was back in Britain. Those were maybe the golden years of the blog, during which the site won some awards, a couple of blog groups were set up, and your humble blogger became part of the centre-right establishment in the blogosphere, under Iain Dale. Readers were split mainly between Britain and America.
Where I lost kudos was firstly in insisting on a hidden government involved in everything from Manchurian candidates through to an EU which wanted to become a superstate.
Naturally, I was vilified for this, called tinfoil hat, especially for supporting a crazy campaign called Brexit.
One of the last straws for readers was identifying and attacking a group out of the ODPM called Common Purpose. As everyone knows, the govt never does anything nefarious, always as pure as the driven snow.
The other sin was to attack Cameron from 2007, shortly after he became leader. Until then, Blair and Labour had been the main targets but now your humble blogger was told by fellow bloggers that he was a traitor to conservatism.
Of course, they were right and I was wrong – Cameron showed he was the finest leader this country has ever had and his Chancellor was a great man too.
There were issues with Blogger in 2008, when a troll tried to take down my site by complaining to them. They took N.O. down first and then investigated later.
End of Blogger.
The initial way was to join WordPress at this site. It was necessary, as with any WP site in those days, to have an Akismet key, only available from dotcom WordPress, so that site was set up.
A techie mate offered to help set up a dotorg WordPress site for N.O. and that’s the one currently being used.
There was a brief time when the dotcom was used again, during the current site’s crash but the dotcom then went back into hiatus, along with the first site. These sites still exist and are sometimes used.
In 2014, the current site went to a new host who was actually a longtime fellow blogger and techie from the early days.
Various co-authors and contributors have written for N.O. They can be found in the top navbar on the main page and at this link. The site has quite a history, approaching its tenth birthday.
The name of the site itself came from an article on China, written in 2006, which refers to something Deng Ziaoping said:
According to Deng Xiaoping, in order to eventually overcome, China should adopt the ancient maxim of “hiding brightness and nourishing obscurity,” and Beijing added: “to bide our time and build up our capabilities” and again: “to yield on small issues with the long term in mind.”
Seemed a good idea at the time.
What Nourishing Obscurity is about
It’s essentially a magazine on any topic under the sun but is heavily political at the same time, a strange mix. Fellow blogger and occasional reader Tom Paine wrote:
James’ posts are so frequent, his interests so varied and his contacts so extensive that his blog is rather like the Scottish weather. If you don’t like it now, just wait a few minutes.
He also said that mine was a magpie mind, picking up bits and pieces on all sorts of topics and this has increased rather than decreased because of two main contributors, Chuckles and haiku who inundate me with material.
That’s where the site is, as of now.
– James, Tuesday, June 14th, 2016