So it turns out that two of the most read posts on my blog in 2014 were written in… er… 2012.
This is the time when anyone with a WordPress blog gets sent their stats for the year. It’s a chance to take stock of what you’re doing and who’s paying attention to it.
If you’re interested, you can see the complete report here. My ten best read posts of 2014 were:
- 10 things you may not know about the Beveridge report
- Property and the political elite
- Revealing the real Rachman?
- Benefits Street, The Spongers and welfare reality
- Appearance and reality in the 2014 housing market
- The bedroom tax: only fair to private tenants?
- What do Power Lists say about who really has power?
- Minding the gap or moving the government?
- Rachman, rogues and renting
- The West London question
I’m giving another talk about blogging and twitter today for a social media conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (#socmed12 on twitter).
The whole process got me thinking about what I’m trying to do when I blog and also about the other blogs I follow. So for anyone interested and especially for anyone in Birmingham, here are some links to the blogs I’ll be mentioning, with some brief explanation.
These were the most viewed posts on my blog in the third quarter (July to Sept):
1) Victorian values – reflections on the legacy of Octavia Hill for housing, welfare and planning on the centenary of her death.
2) My criminal past - squatting, my own housing history and how what I did in London in the early 1980s would make me a criminal 30 years on.
3) More trouble with troubled families – a John Humphrys interview with Louise Casey got my goat but the problems with a programme based on unreliable and heroic assumptions had not gone away.
4) A lot of quid, not much quo – the continuing mystery of why the government has given housebuilders a multi-billion pound bail-out and asked so little in return.
5) Our dysfunctional housing market - or rather a non-market that is pricing out the young, undermining the welfare system and damaging the political system.
Interesting that the top three are the ones I enjoyed writing the most. Thanks very much for reading and also for commenting.
Just a quick post with the links to my talk on blogging and twitter for the CIH social media conference today (#socmed12 on twitter).
The talk is in four sections – the what, why, who and how of blogging – ending up with the impact of twitter and some practical tips.
Here are the links to the blogs I’ll be mentioning if anyone out there wants to follow them up.