The blog has been going far better than expected: now clocking over 1,500 views in total, with the most recent post on Iraq by far the most popular. I have found it far more enjoyable than working on maths or economics, probably to the detriment of my grades. I have to apologise for the length of posts but given the subject matter I find it hard to get them down to a reasonable word count; furthermore, as I said in the introductory post, the blog is as much a place for me to record my thoughts as an audience-seeking enterprise. The blog also seems to be riling some people up, since I received an email from Google saying I was subject to an attack located in the US.
Coming up I have arranged for a guest blog post from fellow course member Jamie Sims, who writes a blog (http://annoyingpeasant.blogspot.co.uk/) on political issues from gay marriage to atheism to libertarian socialism. It’s far more nicely laid out than mine and a good read; I believe he will write something to be put on here about domestic issues or economics, to give a balance to the dense international relations that characterises the majority of my own writing. In return I will contribute a post to his blog about international politics, most probably something on West Papua. Also in the pipeline for the near-future are posts on the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula and drone warfare.
For anyone interested, another friend of mine writes a blog on European and British issues: he wrote a post ‘In Thatcher’s Defense’ (http://europeandfriends.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/in-thatchers-defense/), which was followed by an amusing 11-comment exchange between the two of us on the legacy of the late-Thatcher.