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October 27, 2008
Guess who's back…
The blogosphere can breathe a sigh of relief.
363 days since my last entry, I’ve returned.
Where have I been? Well, busy, basically. I’ve been the News Editor at a radio station in Hampshire for about six months, and now fate has ejected me from commercial radio and into the scary world of self-employment.
The blog will do pretty much what it always has done – served as a receptacle for my musings on politics, the media and anything else that’s annoyed me.
I’m not promising to solve the global economic crisis that the world has found itself in during my absence, but I might at least be able to put some of into perspective, sometimes through the medium of The X Factor, sometimes through a misconceived idea of what constitutes ‘common sense’.
Many days have gone by over the past year when I’ve thought “I wish I could blog about that”.
Those days are over.
October 29, 2007
I’ve just got some post delivered at home to “Clifford Doidge”.
You’d think if they were going to cock-up my name, it’d be the latter bit.
May 23, 2007
Due to a lack of common sense and general incompetence on my part, I’m spending the night in a darkened room, watching the Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm on a loop. It’s a bit like the chocolate river-boat scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I may be here for some time as I’ve bluncdered through my coursework and I’ve got tonight to rescue it. Brilliant. I’m armed with dolly mixtures, Chelsea buns and some overpriced water.
Oh, and I’ve just been to a two-hour lecture on slavery. Just for fun.
I’ve been working for fourteen hours and have at least another three to do. June can’t come soon enough.
March 20, 2007
Am I getting myself a reputation?
Subject: TV Development
Hi there! I’m making a documentary about complaining for TV…I’m currently looking for a range of different complainers. I started browsing through some weblogs to see if I could find someone interesting, who might have some issues they’d like to get of their chest, and thought I’d drop you a quick line. I’m not sure if you consider your self a complainer, but it looks like you’ve got a lot of opinions on various issues, and I’d really like to hear more about what interests you and what issues you tend to complain about.
It seems I’ve been noted for my tendency to complain about things. Anyone who knows me will, of course, be able to refute this accusation much better than I can…
[Watches comments fill up with everything but…]
I’ve edited the e-mail to leave out the commercially sensitive stuff, but you get the gist of it. Let’s just say we’re not exactly talking UKStyle2 here.
January 19, 2007
Do I spend too much time blogging?
Well there’s a bloody obvious answer to that one, isn’t there???
But I’ve found a webstat thing which makes me feel better.
Of the blogs I read regularly (+ mine), my blog is the third-most regularly updated, after Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. Praguetory, Adrian Monck and Blamerbell all follow.
On average, I write 1.5 posts per day. They tend to take me between 5-15mins to write, which doesn’t seem too bad to me.
Iain Dale writes an average of 2.7 posts per day (far below what he claimed when he spoke in Cardiff last year) and Guido writes an average of 1.9 posts per day.
Blamerbell regularly takes the piss out of me blogging, so it’s refreshing to see he writes 1.3 posts per day, just behind me. Adam Westbrook and David Maxwell manage 0.5 posts per day while Oli Hawkins manages an impressive 0.0 posts per day. Well done, Oli!
Dan Wilson Craw only does 0.4 posts per day (to be fair, he is travelling around the world and might have better things to do), but Pete Swan doesn’t have the same excuse for his 0.4 posts per day.
Most posts I read have been written at 11am or 5pm, and Friday is a surprisingly quiet day in the world of blogging.
I can’t be bothered to link to them all individually, but their links are in my blogroll if you fancy a gander.
January 10, 2007
In a new and ever-evolving feature on my blog, here’s a list of things which I currently like, in alphabetical order:
- Google Earth and the 3D Connexion Space Explorer
- Google Reader
- Jack Bauer
- Local Government Financing
- Louis Theroux
- Manchester United
- The West Wing
- Tuna pasta bake
- Working late into the night
- YouTube as a journalistic tool (no, seriously – research and free music)
In a new and ever-evolving feature on my blog, here’s a list of things which I currently hate, in alphabetical order:
- Blog-related PR spam
- Cardiff weather
- Chelsea Football Club
- Extortionate train fares
- Joss Stone
- Lasagne, with a passion
- Reality TV shows involving celebrities
- Samuel Preston, lead singer of The Ordinary Boys
- The Daily Mail
- The distance from Cardiff to Blackpool
- The regularity with which computer mice are breaking on me
- Trying to find shoes that fit me (size 12, unusual shape)
- U.G.C. (if you don’t know, don’t ask)
December 04, 2006
Today I wrote five blog entries, made a 90-second radio piece about a train derailment that didn’t really happen, ate the nicest cottage pie, set up some interviews later in the week, oh… and gave the blog a facelift.
As much as I liked the old blue it was a little… fusty. So this (apparently) is red, with my own little amendments. Let me know what you think of it. Although having spent the past hour coding bits of it, I’m not changing it.
November 23, 2006
Who do you think you are?
Who reads this blog? Well, you clearly do. But who are you?
I’ve been playing with my hit-counter and finding out an awful lot about you. The civil libertarians will just love that!
First up, you’re a technologically advanced bunch. Only 61% of you are using Internet Explorer. I’d recommend joining the 32% using Firefox! In fact 10% of my readers are on Firefox 2.0, which only came out this month. Well done to the one guy using ‘Konqueror’ – you really are cool…
Only 91% of you are using Windows.
98% of you have English as your first language (which is handy).
Over 90% of you have broadband (that means more video and audio then…)
31% of you got here from Google.
Your favourite entries this month were about the Muslim veil, oral sex, the Queen’s speech, and the Leamington Bar and Grill, an entry which I wrote over a year ago but which is quite popular on the search engines! Lucky I wrote them a favourable review – I reckon I must have given them several tables full of customers!
You read pretty damn quickly! On average it takes you 3.06 seconds to read each post which is very clever of you! (I suspect people read the first three words and give up).
If I write a serious, intellectual post, you’re much more likely to read something else on my blog. But if I write something flippant, you’ll probably carry on browsing elsewhere… My most flippant entries this month have been my review of Borat and an old one about BBC Radio 1. Which probably says more about the attention span of Vernon Kay fans.
63% of you are reading this blog for the first time ever. The rest are regulars.
Top referrals this month have come from Google, Technorati, Cardiff Journalism School, Bloggers4Labour, Adam Westbrook, BBC News, Counterspin, Dave Sheffield, Blamerbell, Facebook, The Stage magazine, Iain Dale, the Student Radio Association and The Times (in descending order).
I have more readers from Israel than from Palestine.
Two of you are reading this via satellite (I didn’t realise I had such a following in the Tora Bora caves!)
You’re reading this in Khorasan and Bakhtaran in Iran, Tamil Nadu in India, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Primor’ye in Russia, Al Qahirah in Egypt, Ar Riyad in Saudi Arabia, Cundinamarca in Colombia, as well as Bahrain, Guam, Tanzania, Panama, Bosnia, Monaco, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Croatia and Fiji.
All of which is a fantastic advert for Google Analytics which is probably the most interesting thing you can do with you blog.
October 25, 2006
You know when you've been Photoshopped
P.S. If Westbrook makes a disparaging comment his face is next.