When I started Between the Lines a few months ago, everything was on fire.
There was open rebellion in the Commons. Crashing out of Europe without a deal was a constant, looming menace. The Withdrawal Agreement was being constantly thrown back into Parliament, only to have its long-dead corpse whipped a few more times and thrown back out again.
It was absolute chaos.
But then the EU granted us an extension until October, the MPs went on their Easter Breaks and, all of a sudden, a modicum of calm was restored. The news stories since the break, with the exception of Gavin ‘The Gab’ Williamson being fired, have been coming at nothing like the breakneck speed of February.
And so I’ve been taking the time to make a few changes to Between the Lines, and there are few things I want to announce.
Blog Posts Will No Longer Be Daily
I know kids, I know.
I want to write about goings on as much as possible, but Between the Lines was founded on a principle of telling you what you need to know and nothing more. To continue to hash out stories of little import makes BTL no more than an online newspaper, and that’s not what I want it to be.
For instance, I could have written an article today about Andrea Jenkyns sticking the knife into Theresa May during yesterday’s PMQs, but what does that tell you? “MPs within the Conservative Party are not sure about May.”
However, I will continue to do Weekly Wrap-Ups on Fridays and, if anything has happened over the weekend or a big week is to come, I will also write a summary on Mondays. Besides this, I will cover every major political story with real importance on an ad hoc basis, and will also continue to put out regular opinion pieces like:
Once the Brexit nightmare gets going again in full, I imagine I will basically be back to daily articles anyway. Something to look forward to, right?
…A part of my soul just died.
I’ve been doing my utmost to understand how a website works. I am, first and foremost, a writer, so CSS coding isn’t really my strong suit. However, hopefully you will have noticed that Between the Lines has recently changed to a shiny, new format with a few extra bells and whistles.
I’m also playing around with a new hover function to make information in my articles easier to read!
But over the next few weeks, I’m going to be making further edits and changes to the website to make Between the Lines the sexiest political blog out there. Because politics is sexy, no you shut up.
However, to do this, I also have one major request:
Please Do Support Us!
I have absolutely loved writing for Between the Lines since I founded it, and to see how everything is looking in just a few short months makes me feel so optimistic for the future. But now it’s time to push on further!
My website upgrades and Facebook ads have been paid for through the generosity of a few Patreon donors (mostly friends and family thus far). My dream is to expand my reach much further, and to try to engage people from all sides of the political spectrum in rational, reasoned debate about politics… and even try to make it fun, where possible.
If you have been enjoying Between the Lines, then please, if you can spare it, any donation at all to my Patreon page would be hugely, massively appreciated. You can find it here:
Even the smallest donation helps with the Patreon algorithms to promote my page further, so for just £3.78 a month you could actually be helping Between the Lines to get far more funding down the line.
Additionally, please do spread the word – recommending us to just one other person massively helps, but you can also help us by:
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Thank you. Thank you all so much for your support. We’re still right at the start of the Between the Lines journey and I am so grateful that you’re already on board, just by virtue of reading this post.
I can’t wait to see what the future brings.