O Brave New Blog...
I am about to migrate the blog yet again to a new platform; having started out as a side-of-desk operation on Typepad (see here) the BBC then set up a blogging platform on Moveable Type that went through two iterations; the first exists here and somebody is currently writing a PhD about it; the second here.
I start with these links because they will instantly become hard to find from the Newsnight main page.
The new blog will be on in-house software that I have not yet had the pleasure of using. It will contain my Twitter feed and links to reports I have done on Newsnight. I don't know if I will be able to drop anarchically self-generated graphs and pictures into it yet - I hope so.
It will be surrounded by the page furniture of an ordinary BBC website so I will have fun trying to replicate what an actual blog includes - ie blogroll, external links, quirky animated gifs of whippets and embedded Northern Soul songs from Youtube etc.
The prose will retain its chaotic, first-draft-beta style and I will try to write in paragraphs of more than one sentence. I will continue to tweet deep links to the content. Apparently there is some rebellion going on among commenters about the proposed limitations on comments on other blogs and I leave you to it.
I will continue to cover the usual subjects: quantitative easing, English football, the London stage, the Arab Spring, the global economic crisis, all things geeky and any riot I can get safely close to.
Despite the numerous logistical challenges of the move it will be worth it as the content will now be only a few
dozen clicks away from the BBC's main page. I will retain the dry humour, of course.
And I might squeeze one last post onto this platform if, as I expect, the secret bailout of Greece happens sometime Sunday.
The blog technically migrates on Tuesday night, so I will keep you posted on what happens at the Orwell Prize via Twitter (@paulmasonnews) - however, whether I win or not, the tweets may become progressively less coherent on the night, though for different reasons.