How I Decide What To Post
To anyone stumbling across this site the selection of subjects must seem random in the extreme. Actually it’s quite deliberately planned. I don’t carry advertising, and I don’t write much about politics or religion because I’m a confused liberal atheist who has watched the arrival and departure of a thousand political candidates with bemusement ever since I was old enough to vote. There’s politics inasmuch as I note that despite everything we’ve experienced in the last 50 years, The Wrong Milliband led to unelectable 70sÂ throwback Corbyn in the running for Labour leadership while the relatively painless Mid-Centre-Right Cameron plays Captain Sensible.
Instead I keep my head down here and concentrate on a range of ten categories, posting articles that fall roughly into those divisions. Some take a lot of research and some are easily assembled. Some are time-sensitive and others are prepared in advance, written in sections over several weeks. This is standard journalistic training, but any blogger will tell you that it’s a lot of work. In fact it’s far more time-consuming than writing for newspapers, and doesn’t pay.
I regularly try new series within categories, and either keep them going or drop them according to the number of comments they receive. Since lovely Dan Terrell died the sheer volume of posts has dropped (although Helen Martin often holds the fort), and some subjects – like the recently started series on crime – seem to get no comments at all, so will probably be buried.
Esoteric subjects tend to do rather well while mundane topics fail. Writing pieces do better than theatre/film pieces because websites are not one-stop shops. You go to different sites for specialist subjects and I’m meant to be Books. But I’m not defined by one thing and often get quite bored writing about books, so I tend to dive off left and right into esoterica.
While I’m researching I read a phenomenal amount, but I don’t find the Good Reads site user-friendly enough to instinctively post reviews on, so I don’t tend to engage in book discussions on top of what’s here. But if there are subjects you’d like to see more coverage on, please mention them here. It’s meant to be an interactive site and I try to maintain that sensibility.