Every two months, The Poll Bludger rattles the tin to gently remind readers that this independent, free-of-charge resource relies on their patronage for its survival. Those who would like to do their bit can do so through the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you encounter technical problems of any kind, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com. Many thanks to you all for helping keep the Poll Bludger dream alive.
Every two months, The Poll Bludger puts dignity to one side to offer a gentle reminder that the site is reliant on the patronage of its valued readers. Those wishing to make a contribution may do so through the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you’re having any kind of technical trouble with any of this, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com. Many thanks to you all for making this site possible.
Time for the occasional gentle reminder of The Poll Bludger’s reliance on the patronage of its valued readers, who can contribute through the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons at the bottom of each post. Things you might feel I have done to deserve it lately include the newly launched deluxe BludgerTrack facility and the comprehensive guides to the Tasmanian, South Australia and Batman elections linked to on the sidebar. If you’re having any kind of technical trouble attempting to make a donation, please drop me an email at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.
It’s two months now since The Poll Bludger achieved full independence – or to put it another way, stopped getting a regular pay cheque. But thanks to the generosity of its readers, the blog is well placed to survive and prosper through what looks like being a fascinating time ahead for Australian electoral politics. This is the first of what will be many end-of-month reminders of how very gratefully contributions are received, and how easy it is to do through the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” button at the bottom of each post. Some of you may have encountered technical difficulties with this at the time the new blog was launched, but you should find that these have been resolved. If you’re having trouble of any kind, drop me an email at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com. And a very happy new year to you all.
A warm welcome to the new and, hopefully, improved Poll Bludger.
For the better part of a decade now, The Poll Bludger has proudly been part of the Crikey Blogs network. However, all good things must come to an end, and that now applies to Crikey’s interest in funding a psephology blog that has ceased to contribute much to its business model. If you’re a follower of Poll Bludger specifically, and the media environment more generally, you will be aware that this has nothing to do with the vitality of this particular corner of the blogosphere, and everything to do with the fact that mere web traffic now generates a tiny fraction of the revenue it did in the good old days. So while I will continue contributing to Crikey’s subscriber email, the blog is on its own.
I am somewhere between hopeful and optimistic that Poll Bludger can remain viable in this new form. For reasons just noted, advertising revenue will be of limited help (though if you do use an ad blocker, you can do a small amount for the cause by adding pollbludger.net to your whitelist). What I’ll be relying on is the support of the blog’s faithful and, in some ways, long-suffering readership. To this end you will find, courtesy of the good people at PressPatron, a facility at the top of the page through which you can do your bit for the Poll Bludger cause. Needless to say, donations will be very gratefully received in whatever form, including the one-off variety. However, it’s the recurring, monthly variety that stands the best chance of keeping the shop open.
The upside of all this is that Poll Bludger is, as Brexiteers like to say, back in charge of its own destiny. Regular readers will know all too well that the blog architecture provided by Crikey was not designed with Poll Bludger in mind, and contained a number of bugs-not-features. With the first of these shackles removed, everything can be arranged with no other end in mind than giving the blog community with what it wants from a comments facility, leavened just a little by my own judicious perspective on what it needs. For starters, what you will find below the fold is a return to the beloved old regime of chronologically ordered comments broken down into pages of 50. As for bugs, it would perhaps be going too far to say they will be a thing of the past, but I believe I can state with confidence that they will be less bothersome than they have been.
So welcome to Poll Bludger Mark 3, and thank you one and all for making the site what it is, and hopefully will continue to be.
A thank you for your patience, and a request to send feedback concerning the redesign to the designated email address.
Work will continue over the coming days and weeks to bed down the very major overhaul that Crikey has undergone, in terms of both its appearance and backstage architecture. I’m told the most glaring bugs should be ironed out over the next day or so. Comments on this thread are turned off because Crikey would prefer that all feedback be channelled through the one-stop shop of the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Thanks for your patience with the various speed bumps being encountered, and be sure to take advantage of the fact that all of Crikey’s normally paywalled material will be freely accessible for the next week or so. And to address what seems to be a widely held misunderstanding: Poll Bludger will not be going behind the Crikey paywall.