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Three Months of Blogging

Three Months of Blogging

I’ve now been blogging for exactly three months. During that time I’ve: – Published 47 posts – Had 117 comments – Had 5,296 views – averaging just under 2000 a month. – Gathered 19 regular followers. Just under 80% of my views are from the UK, with the next most popular countries being the US (323), unspecified EU (226), Germany (90), Spain (77) and Australia (51). Viewing patterns vary: my most popular day had close to 200 views and I…

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A model of Twitter growth

A model of Twitter growth

It took 41 days for my Twitter followers to double in number from 50 to 100. It took a further 26 for the number to double again, from 100 to 200. At the moment the growth is slightly faster than exponential, which seems unlikely to continue. Clearly, more followers – especially more followers who are active and engaged – help you to reach a wider audience, so why doesn’t growth continue to be exponential? Let’s assume that a person’s current…

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Brexit Paper now online

Brexit Paper now online

I’ve added a new Current Affairs section to the website. In addition to links to my articles elsewhere on the internet, the major addition is the link to my 2014 paper on Brexit, that won the Institute of Economic Affairs €100,000 ‘Brexit’ prize for the best policy blueprint for the UK in the (then hypothetical) event of our departure from the EU. A link to the paper, and to other articles, and a discussion of its relevance today, can be found…

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Blogging Survey Results

Blogging Survey Results

Whilst perhaps less exciting than yesterday’s HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey results, see below the results of my recent blogging survey. Many thanks to all who completed it. Key things I learned included: I have more readers than I thought. On a typical day this site gets 40-50 unique visitors. However, the survey indicated that over half of those completing it visited the site once a week or less. Extrapolating up, I probably have at least 200…

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Blog Feedback Survey

Blog Feedback Survey

Following the first full month of blogging, I wanted to carry out a survey to get feedback on the types of posts that people enjoy reading. Whether you’re a regular or occasional visitor, a commenter or a lurker, I’d be delighted if you’d complete this short survey to let me know what you’d like to see more of. Feel free to share more widely, also, if there are people who you think might enjoy this blog who wouldn’t see it…

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Guest Blogger Programme Announced

Guest Blogger Programme Announced

“I’m pleased to be announcing a guest blogger programme, showcasing interests or achievements of friends and members of the edrith community that are likely to be of interest to the wider readership. Guest blog posts will occur no more than once a month and will be aligned to the overall theme of the blog, including books, games, politics, current affairs and puzzles. I’m delighted to say that the first two posts, coming in June and July, will be: –  By…

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Spread the Word

Spread the Word

I’ve now been blogging for almost a month and am hugely encouraged by the response I’ve received – thank you to you, all of my readers. Substantive posts now regularly get well over 50 views, with total views per month pushing towards 2000. More importantly, I really appreciate the great comments and discussions we’re getting, both on the site itself and on social media, with some really interesting differences in views and perspective. It would be great to build this…

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Twitter follow button added

Twitter follow button added

I am now on Twitter. I admit to not being a huge fan of Twitter – short form entries are not my favoured means of communication and I’m dubious about whether it does more social good than harm. However, it appears to all but essential as part of communicating effectively in the modern age. If you are also on Twitter, you can follow me using the link to the right.

The First Ten Posts: A Preview

The First Ten Posts: A Preview

In advance of blogging recommencing on 16th April, a sneak preview of what I anticipate the first ten posts will be(1). I fully reserve the right to insert other posts into this list should I change my mind about any of them, think of something else interesting or should something  happen in the world that I want to comment on! However, I think it likely that even if any of these drop out of the first ten, they’ll make an…

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