Well we are in agreement there. I have always thought very highly of her and appreciated her efforts for the ME community (nervous about even using that phrase now). So I was very surprised and disappointed to see such a divisive and potentially damaging blog. It took me a long time to go through her blogs and analyse them, and by the time I got to the bottom of the second one I'd had enough. I stopped at the section headed I didn't like what she wrote and couldn't be bothered with any more detailed analysis so settled for the word "preachy". I suppose I could have used "sanctemonious". Or spent 10 minutes trying to think of a more diplomatic way of putting it. Same with one-woman ego trip. She is one woman, this is her individual blog and she's writing on her own behalf. Ego trip? She's bringing a lot of her personal biases into this. Apart from making it about gender, she demands that the "ME community" police itself, Which assumes that the ME community exists and has any control over random nutters. This is the same argument James Coyne made during his infamous facebook meltdown. Yet about the media, she writes So one the one hand she argues that the media doesn't really exist, but on the other she refers to the ME Community as if it is an identifiable, self-determining entity. So after setting patient against patient, science advocate against PR advocate, bringing gender into it, applying different evidential standards depending on what she's arguing, applying different standards of "identifiable, self-determining entity" depending on what she's arguing, I was getting the impression that this is an article full of inconsistencies, personal bias and prejudice, and used "ego trip" as a shorthand for that. I did actually put a lot of time and thought into my post, even if it did end up coming across as an angry rant. That was probably a result of me having come home from teaching for 6 hours, being knackered, and being worried about the amount of damage VES might cause with her blog. She put it up there, expressed herself in no uncertain terms and with little regard for whether it might offend or upset anyone, so she must reckon with feedback. However, I accept that my last sentence may have been a little over the top, and would be happy to delete it if anyone complains. Nobody has yet.