This blog opened for business five years ago today. The first post was Can the Big Society be anything more than BS?, reblogged from Liberal Democrat Voice. It felt like quite a big step to strike out on my own rather than post occasionally at group sites. The most recent post – yesterday’s Compassionate friends of Conservatism – just tipped me over 600 posts.
A blogging anniversary is conventionally a time to pause and reflect. I did so on the blog’s second anniversary – Reaching the terrible twos – but I don’t think I’ve done so since. Last year I was knee deep in party conference season and the anniversary was marked with a post originating at a fringe event about The Orange Book – Notes from a small gathering.
I guess reflection might be even more in order this year because quite a lot of blogs fall silent long before they reach the five year mark. So I’ve longevity on my side. Not only that but this blog apparently gets used as a case study in talks about blogging for and by academics. It occasionally get accused of thought leadership and suchlike.
So one might assume that I’ve got some pearls of wisdom to share. [Read more…]