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Blogging update

Blogging update

As you may have noticed, blogging has been sparse recently. That was mainly because I was working as a Special Adviser which, in addition to very long hours, also meant that as part of the government, though not under a duty to be impartial, I did have to be a little careful what I said. With the election occurring, I’ve now taken up a new role outside government which should be ‘normal professional’ rather than ‘routinely working 12 hour days’…

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Website Updates

Website Updates

I’ve recently made a number of updates to this website. Highlights include: Adding a Patreon, in case anyone enjoys or values this blog enough to want to support it financially (click the link at the end of this post). Updating the wording on the Home Page. Adding an ‘About Me’ section to the ‘About and Contact‘ page. Adding a new ‘Support and Purchase‘, bringing together all of the various items I have that can be purchased (many other items, including…

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Twelve posts from my first year of blogging

Twelve posts from my first year of blogging

A year after this blog (re)started, I thought I’d share a dozen of my favourite posts. A mixture of those that were most read and most commented on at the time (on here or on Facebook/Twitter) as well as a few of my personal favourites. In chronological order: “Have had enough of experts…”: An attempt to find common ground A look at why Leave voters may legitimately share a sceptisism in some cases of experts who have very different backgrounds…

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2018: First Year of the New Blog

2018: First Year of the New Blog

A short look back on my blogging over 2018. I started blogging again in April 2018. In the roughly nine months of that year I wrote just over 95 blog posts, received just over 10,000 views and 214 comments (though some people also comment on Facebook and Twitter). December was the most visited month, with just over 1,800 views – driven, as always by the Christmas Quiz – while the most popular single post was about the TEF card game,…

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Never Miss a Post

Never Miss a Post

Do you enjoy reading this blog? If so, why not sign up to follow it using the ‘Follow’ button to the right. You’ll receive an email notification every time I make a new post, ensuring you never miss a new blog post. Your email address won’t be used for any other purpose or passed on to third parties.

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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