2012 Canadian Weblog Awards

I am truly humbled and honoured to announce that this blog won first prize in the Best Political Blog category in the 2012 Canadian Weblog Awards. It won 3rd place in 2011. Thank you to the jury and to readers everywhere. Related Posts:No Related Posts

Apologies for the sporadic posting of late

Just a quick note to those who follow this blog. I apologize for the rather sporadic blogging of late. This year has been a difficult one. It started with a physical health issue which severely limited my ability to do anything at a computer, and has ended with a unexpected (and unwanted) need to move house, which proved to be quite distressing and time consuming. Both matters are settled now, more or less, so I hope to return to more active blogging – assuming life doesn’t get in the way again! Related Posts:No Related Posts

Would you like to help with some research?

I am trying to write a post comparing the websites of various parliaments, namely those of Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. However, I use these sites regularly as part of my work, and so it is fairly easy for me to find what I need to find on these websites. I am interested in trying to assess how easily other people can find specific information on each of the four websites. If you are interested in helping out with this, please reply using the Contact Form or by emailing me. I will then email you a list of questions asking you to find specific information on each country’s parliamentary website. The questions are fairly similar for each parliament, e.g. […]

2011 Canadian Weblog Awards Shortlist

I was genuinely astonished, and incredibly pleased and proud to find out today that this blog has been shortlisted as one of the five best politics blogs in the 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards. To my fellow nominees, I extend my congratulations. It is an honour I am pleased to share with you all. The winners will be picked from this shortlist over the next two weeks. Good luck to everyone.   Related Posts:No Related Posts

Link clean-up

The beauty of the internet is that it is a dynamic place. Unfortunately, that dynamism means websites change, content moves around and sometimes disappears completely. For bloggers, particularly those writing about politics, this presents a special challenge. I am careful to link to sources that I believe are going to be around for the long haul, but that of course doesn’t mean that they won’t reorganize their site, remove some content, or institute paywalls. Earlier this year, I installed a plugin for WordPress which scans blog content for links which no longer work. There were quite a few, and I set about addressing the issue. I am pleased to announce to readers that my clean-up of broken links is complete, […]

Catching my breath

These past three weeks have been rather intense ones, from a blogging perspective. The convergence of the Canadian federal election and the UK referendum on the Alternative Vote led to a massive increase in traffic for this blog, so much so that I started looking into the keyword search activity that was leading people here and trying to tailor posts to provide the information for which people were searching. I’ve received a few emails and comments on various posts from people thanking me for the effort, particularly with regards to the UK referendum on AV. Some said the information I provided helped them decide how to vote (yes or no, I have no idea!). This meant a lot to me. […]