Monday, 2 February 2009

A possible return to blogging and keyword activity fun

All bloggers need to take a break from time to time. Have you noticed? I've enjoyed mine and will continue to do so until I feel the compulsive urge to get back into the swing of things and post on a regular basis again.

All main contributors haven't posted for a while by mutual agreement. This has left some thinking that the blog is dead to the world, including the shy and retiring Assembly types (Lol... not dead, but resting). However, there has been a lot of interest lately in one particular post thanks to a link from Betsan Powys of the BBC.

Like Betsan, I was disappointed to hear that Christopher Glamorgan had pulled out of the tribunal against the Welsh Ministers/Welsh Assembly Government. I'm sure he had his reasons, but I can't help thinking that we've missed something special and even I was hoping to attend the hearing as a member of the public. Christopher has yet to answer my email and concern for his case, but I'll keep you posted when I return. Remember Christopher, the offer still stands and I'm sure that Matt Wardman also supports my view on this.

I got slightly bored of blogging and if I'm honest, of Welsh politics, although ongoing fiascos and the reckless should inspire posting if I had the time. Family has always been important, and also making a success of business. After all, as a self-employed person no one else is going to support me - right??

Following the large number of hits to the one post, it got me curious about blog stats, so I decided to take a look for myself. Most interest on the Christopher Glamorgan post came from the Assembly itself which was to be expected, and from local government. A look at 'visitor paths' also made me realise how widely read Betsan's blog is in the UK, which was surprising considering the topic of Welsh politics. This must be testament to the blog being hosted by the BBC and Betsan's writing style.

Another blog stat that caught my attention was that of 'keyword activity' and the interesting, sometimes strange, and frankly bizarre search terms used. One slightly controversial search term was 'Tomos Livingstone bias' and made by someone in the office of HSO Trinity Mirror Group.

These are some of the Internet search terms used (in no particular order) which ended up with the inquiring minds clicking on a link to this blog. Some are obvious. Some are amusing. Others are simply mind boggling.

  1. Miss Wagstaff
  2. Cardiff political issues
  3. Pippa Wagstaff
  4. One Wales Government
  5. Gareth Hall Welsh Assembly Government
  6. Leadership of Welsh political party
  7. Mike German Jane Hutt affair
  8. Biggest wastes of public money
  9. Chocolate cheese Switzerland
  10. Jolly roger
  11. Office relationships
  12. Welsh Labour communications officer
  13. Jonathan Evans Julie Morgan
  14. Cornock Steve Morgan campaign
  15. Welsh Assembly Llandudno jobs
  16. Swiss known for
  17. Welsh civil servant
  18. Paul Murphy sentenced Pontypridd
  19. 32% of welsh women prefer to do after 18:00
  20. Mistress Services Wales
  21. Ellis, luke amss carwyn jones
  22. Ellis, luke (amss carwyn jones)
  23. Carwyn jones luke ellis
  24. Carwyn jones luke ellis
  25. Petite welsh woman 60
  26. Matt Withers surfing
  27. Civil service dress code uk foreign office
  28. Cocks that don't fit
  29. Top ten reasons to limit debate with a troll
  30. Martyn Williams Miss Wagstaff
  31. Welsh Labour Europe nonentity
  32. Jane Wagstaff porn
  33. Jane Hutt quote
  34. Tomos Livingstone bias
  35. Alun Davies AM blog
  36. Human Resources email Welsh Assembly
  37. Rhodri Morgan dress sense
  38. Sacked civil servant
  39. Facebook farce blog
  40. Failing Welsh civil service

All I can say is keep blogging. At best, we all find it fun and informative, at its very worst... you can guess the rest.

14 comments:

David 2 February 2009 at 21:08  

Welcome back! You've been missed.

Anonymous 3 February 2009 at 08:53  

I got slightly bored of blogging and if I'm honest, of Welsh politics

Not really surprising. Huge international and national issues are dominating the agenda. Welsh politics look ever so parochial.

A lot of other Welsh bloggers have gone quiet, too.

Anonymous 3 February 2009 at 10:42  

Best to stay away Pippa. The only people that get something out of blogging are those that are paid to do it. The rest are carrying out a thankless task.

Anonymous 4 February 2009 at 12:00  

"All main contributors haven't posted for a while by mutual agreement"

Lol you mean you haven't posted under any of the different names you like to use!

P.S

If the above comment is true then as a Tory staffer you should be back blogging soon enough

troll watch 4 February 2009 at 21:58  

I note the blogging trolls didn't stay away for long Pippa.

Tory Staff Watch 4 February 2009 at 23:31  

I notice the Pippa defenders (i.e pippa and other Tory staffers didn't either)

Matt Wardman 5 February 2009 at 03:06  

>I can't help thinking that we've missed something special

Agreed. The need for an open culture in Government isn't going away any time soon.

Anonymous 5 February 2009 at 13:45  

As a former colleague I've heard that Glamorganshire is not well so we're unlikely to hear from him in the near future.

Anonymous 5 February 2009 at 13:48  

"Agreed. The need for an open culture in Government isn't going away any time soon."

It doesn't bode well when a HR source has let slip to journos that WAG will be going for costs in the Christopher Glamorgan case.

steve 6 February 2009 at 08:27  

I can't understand why Betsan Powys of the BBC hasn't made more of the Christopher Glamorganshire story. She's clearly in the know given her blogs on the goings on.

Is she holding back and letting it build up?

Sweet and Tender Hooligan 8 February 2009 at 12:08  

Pippa,

As neither a staffer or tory - i am glad you are back.

M

Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 15:32  

Marcus how can you seriously say this isn't a Tory blog? Or is it that labour are so right wing now that this could be one of theirs!

Anonymous 9 February 2009 at 17:07  

Marcus is talking about himself. Keep up... Nationalist lol

down bay 9 February 2009 at 17:09  

I've heard that Pippa is pregnant and won't be returning for a while.

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