Way back in October 2007 I received a letter from Andrew promoting a website (well, blog really) called Blog to America. The principle of that blog was outlined as:
Our goal is to find individuals like yourself to help increase global awareness and create a greater understanding of the way the United States is viewed across the world. Our site allows people to write a letter addressed to the United States telling the world how they feel about any and all topics relating to the U.S.
If you are interested in writing a letter to the United States or simply interested in reading letters written by others from across the globe, please visit our site at
I noted at the time that I would certainly promote his blog however not contribute to it as Thomo’s Hole was and still is a “creative release which I guess you can see from the diversity of content – some serious, some light, some related to military history and wargaming, much travel related and much railing against stupidity (no – don’t start me on the Ministry of Licentiousness and Lasciviousness again).”
I was concerned that Blog to America was simply going to “end up as a place where people who find the US a difficult nation to deal with come to vent their spleens, with supporters of the US defending their feelings in ever more acrimonious exchanges that achieve little but take trolling to a whole new level.”
Well here we are, 9 years on. Thomo’s Hole is still around in probably its fifth or sixth iteration. Blog to America is gone. I guess for a blog’s longevity it is a matter of doing it for the creative release and the fun. altruism comes, passes and leaves. Thomo’s Hole has been around since 1996 (20 years now) and has been in blog format since December 2004 (12 years). Whilst using something like WordPress saves me time and effort, I really did not find the HTML coding all that onerous at the time.
Now to relieve some of the past idiocy of those buffoons, the Ministry of Licentiousness and Lasciviousness again!