Inside Politics: 100 posts and beyond, sign-up and follow

by The Editor

FEATURE: This is the 100th post to go up on Inside Politics and I thought I would take the opportunity to thank those people who have taken time out to read something on the blog and to suggest, for those of you interested in keeping track of what goes up, to follow Inside Politics on one of the three main news feeds it offers. So read on to find out how, and the kind of analysis you will be in store for if you do.

Inside Politics: 100 posts and beyond, sign-up and follow

By: Gareth van Onselen

2 June 2012

Inside Politics has now been up and running for just over four months and the response to it has been fantastic. As it so happens, this is the 100th post to go up and I thought I’d take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported Inside Politics so far.

Please forgive me, then, if I take a moment to suggest to those of you who are enjoying the blog, take a moment out to subscribe to one or more of the various feeds Inside Politics offers to keep you in touch with what goes up, as soon as it hits the virtual universe.

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Answer yes to any of those questions and Inside Politics is worth following. So take a moment out of your day and subscribe. An increasing amount of content on Inside Politics is making it into the media too, so its not just analysis you get but breaking news too. So recommend it to anyone interested.

Once again, thanks for all the support and, hopefully, the next four months will be even better.

Oh, and keep the comments coming, I shall try to engage with as many of them as possible.

Gareth van Onselen
Editor: Inside Politics

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