This blog will be closing shortly …

I’ve spent a year blogging here. It’s been good fun, but I’ve decided that it’s time to move on …

… so Alex’s Archives is moving to a new home at alexsarchives.org

We’re up and running over there with all the content you’re familiar with. But in time I will be looking to enhance the functionality of the site.

At the moment the new site has got a radically different new look. But I’ve not entirely made up my mind about that. So it’s very much a work in progress.

Goodbye for now. Hopefully see you over there soon.

Why bother?

Last Thursday saw this blog’s first anniversary. I’ve been thinking about why I put the time into it. There are hundreds – thousands – of bloggers out there. And that’s just in the politics field. Each blogger has his or her own mixture of reasons for launching their thoughts on an unsuspecting world that is – initially at least – pretty indifferent to them. Plenty of bloggers have shared their reasons. Maybe it has become conventional to do so. A bit of a cliché. It is surely a bit self-indulgent. But there you go.

Anyway, here are my thoughts, should you be interested. Read more of this post

The Q#3 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between July and September that recorded the most hits:

  1. Dispatching rogue landlords (4 July)
  2. Crunch time for the Liberal Democrats – The NHS Bill and electoral oblivion (5 September)
  3. Could the riots be the beginning of the end for the Coalition?  (19 August)
  4. Policy, evidence and dogma – the homelessness episode (3 July)
  5. The Work Programme isn’t working – and that raises bigger issues (2 September)

Thanks for reading. And commenting. Even when you’re disagreeing with me :-)

Total Politics Blog Awards 2011

Voting is now open for this year’s Total Politics Blog Award. Voting is open until midnight on 19th August.

You need to vote for at least five blogs for your vote to count. You can vote for up to 10 blogs.

Click here to vote in the Total Politics Blog Awards 2011

The Q#2 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between April and June that recorded the most hits:

  1. Taxpayers and ‘the right to the city’:  alternative narratives on cuts to Housing Benefit (25 April)
  2. Groundbreaking economic finding during higher education policy development? (4 April)
  3. Up to the task? Dealing with housing market volatility  (17 May)
  4. Think tanks and the policy process: right, wrong and possibly both at the same time (3 May)
  5. Harsh but fair? Marquand on the Liberal Democrat leadership (14 May)

Thanks for reading. And commenting. Even when you’re disagreeing with me :-)

The Q#1 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between January and March that recorded the most hits:

  1. Monbiot’s tax take and the embedding of plutocracy: an urgent concern for Liberal Democrats (8 February)
  2. The mundane malfunctioning of markets – a tale of life and death (3 March)
  3. Economists, implicated (19 February)
  4. Housing demand – a role for status concerns? (27 January)
  5. Trade unions, street marches, and ConservativeHome’s 10 immoral commandments (27 March)

Monbiot’s tax take … is the most frequently read post since the blog started, as well as being included in the LDV Golden Dozen for that week.

Thanks for reading. And commenting. Even when you’re disagreeing with me :-)

Alex’s Archives – Most read posts 2010

Here’s the list of the top half dozen posts since I began this blog in October 2010, starting with the most frequently visited:

  1. The poverty of Nick Clegg’s “new” progressives
  2. Exit, voice, loyalty: what’s a Libdem to do?
  3. A fairer future or no future for social housing?
  4. The continuing saga of Housing Benefit “reform”: unaware or just don’t care?
  5. Why the unseemly haste on housing reform?
  6. “Us” and “Them”. Yes, them over there. The benefit scroungers.

I’ve very much enjoyed writing these, and all the other, posts. And I’ve been very encouraged by the rapidly increasing number of visits to this blog.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading some of what I’ve posted, whether or not you agreed with what I had to say.

Here’s to 2011. And may it bring plenty more to blog about.

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