A whole year?! It’s hard to believe that it has been more than a year since I’ve written anything on my blog. I don’t even know how to begin to catch up. I blame Facebook, mostly. I’ve been addicted to the lightning-fast pace of information exchange there, and I’ve written hundreds, maybe even thousands of posts and at […more]
Who and why did someone type “jonathan barnett resistance dead?” into a Google search?
Was is it someone who had been missing my thoughtful, creative and witty writings? Someone thinking I must have died from not taking drugs for HIV? Someone wondering if I had died yet because I had started taking ARVs (at greatly reduced dosages) again?
I have noticed a shift in the kinds of traffic being sent to this blog from Google since moving to a new domain. More than five years of data being displayed on Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools has been reset and is gradually being replaced with new information since the first of the year. This is probably of more interest to me than it is to readers, but who am I to assume that?
The most popular search terms offer no real surprises. They mostly relate to stories that have not been covered elsewhere. There are dozens of variations, and I’ve taken the liberty of consolidating them here.
Janine Roberts may well be my favorite investigative reporter on the topic of AIDS and HIV. She has published several books and produced documentary films, on topics ranging from Aboriginal resistance to British colonialism in Australia, to the shame of deBeers’ diamond mining operations in Africa.
Janine has also written the much more personal story about her life as a transgendered person—The Seven Days of My Creation: Tales of Magic and Gender.
The book that has most helped me form an alternative view about what the heck HIV might really be, and its role in the disease most people call AIDS is titled Fear of the Invisible.
After more than five years of blogging, resistanceisfruitful.com moved to a new domain: reaids.com. The name is shorter and easier to remember… and to type!
The transition this past weekend was not a smooth and painless one, but thanks to a tech at inmotion hosting who is also named Jonathan, the job got done.
Other than a different URL in the browser’s address bar, most visitors won’t notice many substantial changes immediately. Oh, I’ve tried to freshen things up a bit by changing the color scheme to a more minimalist look, but all content is still where it was before the move (hopefully).
As the winter solstice approaches, I am aware of what a noteworthy month this December is for me, in ways that have nothing to do with the holidays. Fifteen years ago this month I was informed that I was “HIV-positive”. Five years ago, I started this blog, primarily to share my experiences with both the diagnosis, as well as previous and new health issues. I will be sharing some exciting news about some changes that will be happening to resistance is fruitful a bit later in this post.
As I was doing some housekeeping on my blog, clearing crud out of my drafts folder, I noticed a couple of reasonably complete posts that were never published, for whatever reason. Since they are rather old, and I chose to post-date them, they may not get noticed by the email subscription service, or RSS feeds.
Here’s a list of old posts that have never been seen before:
The first real bombshell dropped about six minutes into our chat, while talking about ARV drugs. Almost too casually, JTD said “I haven’t been on meds for going on 14 months now.” I had not yet publicized my own decision to start taking ARV drugs again, though I had dropped some pretty serious hints in our email exchange about “going over to the dark side”, and I was sure he knew I was planning to restart them. The irony of JTD’s comment hit me like a slap in the face. “I can’t believe that,” I told JTD, “you quit the drugs, and I’m getting ready to take them.”
This was probably the pivotal point in our conversation where my doubts and apprehensions about JTD started to soften.
My blog continues to experience change; some wanted and some not so desirable. For several years I have been using Google’s Feedburner to manage my RSS feeds and email subscriptions. It’s worked well, but is apparently yet another victim of Google’s insatiable habit of acquiring businesses it is not really interested in. Like Google Reader—another […more]
Here’s another short outtake from the pre-show walkthrough that John Grosso and I had in a G+ Hangout On Air (HOA) earlier this week for tomorrow evening’s Rainbow Show. Live stream begins at 7 pm CST. Please drop in to view the show live, and ask questions via the comment stream on YouTube or Google+. The […more]