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Chopping and changing 4, January 2010

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So, as you loyal followers may have noticed, I’ve gone back to the original design. The previous one was ok but had issues with YouTube embeds and, more to the point, it wasn’t this one. No prizes for guessing that I very much dislike change. Nevertheless, I’ve sated my desire to tinker at the start of the new year with the profoundly changing colour change.

A new year, a new look 2, January 2010

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So then, what do you think? For two long years now thegulflblog.com had a quasi-stargazery and yellowy look to it. Quite nice, I thought personally. Yet, I thought that perhaps I’d ring a few changes. This theme is certainly a bit white, but I think that the articles look better when they’re viewed one to a page, if you see what I mean. Anyway, if you’ve any thoughts either which way, do let me know. Happy new year once again.

Happy New Year 1, January 2010

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So it’s 2010. How very strange. Here’s hoping that everyone has an interesting, productive and entertaining 2010.

I start this year in Doha and assume that I’ll end it in London, though it’s hard to tell. Come ‘this’ post in 365 days I wonder what I’ll be blathering on about? I guess by then I’ll have written a few tens of thousands of words on my PhD (or at least, I better have..) and will have met at least one Qatari foreign minister official-type person, thin on the ground as they are.

This year, thinking briefly in retrospect, I’m most pleased with my article on migrant workers in Kuwait, my Iranian-British relations piece for RUSI and – should they ever be published… – the two book chapters that I’ve written for edited works. Here’s hoping that things continue to progress in a similar fashion.

My blog has – thanks to your kind and appreciated patronage – been going from strength to strength. Viewing figures (if that’s the correct phrase) has been going up at a 45 degree angle month on month from around 550 per month in January 2009 to 7400 in December 2009. This kind of trajectory is extremely pleasing and it’s got me hooked for, I would guess, the long-term. Please keep your comments coming, they’re always interesting and just about always useful and insightful! So far, since the start of the blog (I can’t isolate yearly figures) I’ve written 466 posts in 36 categories with 1,498 tags generating 338 comments, in case you’re curious.

Anyway. Once again, a merry new year all around.