Hats off to Liberal Conspiracy on being the first left wing blog to crack 100,000 readers in a single month. The site secured 129,927 unique visitors and 502,957 page views in May. This blog is flattered to be mentioned by LC editor Sunny Hundal in his roundup of news-breaking sites and chuffed with the more modest 27,484 visitors and 41,943 page views for Scrapbook during the same period, in which we also made it into Wikio’s top-40 political blogs for the first time.

It’s been a fun year since our launch in July 2009. We’ve built a following on Twitter and Facebook and, in the last few months in particular, stories have been ruffling feathers and gaining traction with the mainstream media. While the posts may not write themselves, a potentially unstable coalition government filled with nasty Tories and Orange Book Liberals is an appetising prospect for the online left.

We’ve canvassed opinion on ways to consolidate and plans for the summer include getting more contributors on board (if you enjoy muckraking then get in touch) and a redesign to scale for more content. In the words of another blogger, “you need to be posting three times a day – even if it’s crap!”

We may not make this a regular feature but here are our top posts for May:

  1. Gordon Brown’s impassioned speech to Citizens UK
  2. Labour Party website crashes under load of new membership applications
  3. Has Caroline Spelman broken the ministerial code?
  4. The coalition cabinet: announcements and rumours
  5. Adam Boulton loses the plot vs Alastair Campbell

And since our launch last Summer:

  1. Gordon Brown’s impassioned speech to Citizens UK
  2. Labour Party website crashes under load of new membership applications
  3. Conservative Party ‘Cash Gordon’ campaign was designed by US anti-healthcare lobbyists
  4. Carol Vorderman metamorphosises into Sarah Palin on BBC Question Time
  5. David Cameron uses Sky News camera lens to style his hair

So please keep reading, commenting and sending us stuff.

Thanks for all the clicks and re-tweets!

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  2. I think you need to post more often. Tom Harris has said you should post at least twice a day and Guido barely ever stops, although admittedly he doesn’t have a job.

  3. You’re absolutely right, Nathan. The plan is to get the post rate up to three on a weekday minimum, spaced from 9am in the morning. As mentioned in the post, we’re looking to get more contributors on board and also going for a redesign.

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