The Q#1 quintet (usual suspects edition)

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between January and March 2015:

  1. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013)
  2. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013)
  3. Economists and their politics (11th Jan)
  4. The political classes lagging not leading on housing (29th Jan)
  5. The Tory £12bn and manifest inadequacy (28th March)

So the two hardy perennials reassert themselves and head back to the top of the charts. Economists and their politics wasn’t too far behind, but couldn’t quite topple these two evergreens.

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The Q#4 quintet plus

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between October and December 2014:

  1. Social housing transformations (27th Oct)
  2. The Universal Credit fiasco (30th Nov)
  3. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013)
  4. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013)
  5. Defining the challenge of UK housing policy (30th Oct)

So during this quarter a couple of hardy perennials featured prominently again.

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My top ten posts of 2014

TOP10I’m not 100% sure I can decide what sort of year 2014 has been for this blog – good, bad or indifferent. The overall level of traffic has been the same as 2013, give or take a few hundred hits. I’m grateful to everyone who takes the time to read what I post.

The pattern of traffic has been bit different this year to that of previous years. Nothing I posted this year sank without trace, but, on the other hand, nothing really took off. Most posts did okay (by the standards of this blog!).

The statistics for the year are rather dominated by a couple of posts originally published in 2013. They both recorded more than three times the hits of anything I published in 2014. I’m glad that they have found a broader audience, but I’m not entirely sure they stand out from a lot of the other stuff I’ve written. I’ve no idea whether the longer a blog continues the more likely it is to find greatest hits from the back catalogue continuing to attract substantial traffic, but that certainly seems to be happening here.

The blog again spent all year in the teads (previously ebuzzing) monthly ranking of the top 100 politics blogs. Such rankings are not to be taken too seriously, but I guess being in the top 100 is better than not being there! Thanks to everyone who thought one of my posts was worth retweeting, liking or linking to.

Thanks also to those who crossposted my posts to other group blogs and to all those who took the time to comment on one of my posts during the year.

Here, then, in reverse order, are my top ten most popular posts of 2014: [Read more…]

The Q#3 quintet, and then some

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between July and September 2014:

  1. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013)
  2. Developments in the ongoing Bedroom Tax saga (6th Sept)
  3. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013)
  4. The miraculous power of welfare reform (11th Aug)
  5. The value of planning (30th Aug)

 

This quarter feels a bit like deja vu all over again.  [Read more…]

The Q#2 quintet, and more

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between April and June 2014:

  1. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013)
  2. Ed’s brave housing proposal (1st May)
  3. Welfare reforms: the evidence mounts (9th April)
  4. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013)
  5. The government is solving the housing crisis, apparently (31st May)

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The Q#1 quintet, and more

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between January and March 2014:

  1. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May 2013)
  2. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July 2013)
  3. My top ten blogs 2013 (29th Dec 2013)
  4. A voyage of rediscovery (4th Jan)
  5. Vince on “social housing” (30th Jan)

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The Q#4 quintet

Here are the five posts on this blog that recorded the most hits between October and December 2013:

  1. On signs you’re reading bad criticism of economics (4th Nov)
  2. Uncertain terrain: Issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May)
  3. Would post-crash economics be a step backward? (21st Nov)
  4. The Bedroom Tax vote: sticking the knife into the Libdems (12th Nov)
  5. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July)

November was, by quite a large margin, the busiest month so far on the blog.

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My top ten posts of 2013

TOP10This has been a good year for this blog. Although the audience remains relatively modest, traffic has nearly doubled compared with 2012. Thanks for reading.

The blog spent all year in the ebuzzing monthly politics top 100. Such rankings are not to be taken too seriously, but being there is better than not being there! I’m grateful to everyone who thought one of my posts worth retweeting, liking or linking to.

Thanks also to those who crossposted my posts to other group blogs and to all those who took the time to comment on one of my posts during the year.

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The Q#3 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between July and September 2013 that recorded the most hits:

  1. Bedroom tax … and beyond (6th Aug)
  2. Why is Owen Jones so annoying? (4th July)
  3. Free to schmooze (21st July)
  4. ‘Quackademics’ under fire as critical voices targeted (22nd Aug)
  5. Britain’s property problem (15th Aug)

One thing that can be inferred from this list is that September was a relatively quiet month. Nothing quite took off.

One notable feature of this quarter is that Uncertain Terrain: issues and challenges facing housing associations, which was published on 11th May, was only a handful of hits away from making it back into the top five for Q#3. [Read more…]

The Q#2 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between April and June 2013 that recorded the most hits:

  1. Curbing the welfare hate (6th April)
  2. Who is social housing for, and who should it be for? (10th April)
  3. Uncertain terrain: issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May)
  4. Is a little economics dangerous? (2nd April)
  5. Universal Credit: Some observations on policy and politics (19th June)

I was clearly on a bit of roll at the beginning of April!

One thing that strikes me about this list is that all the posts apart from Curbing the welfare hate are links to longer documents on Scribd.com – including texts prepared for other purposes or to accompany presentations. Also, two other link posts of that type were just outside the top 5 this quarter. This came as a bit of a surprise. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Clearly there is some interest in pieces discussing current policy issues at greater length than is possible in a conventional blogpost. Any thoughts welcome. [Read more…]