Twitter and blogging, an update

16th April 2019

I am having another Twitter break: I have them from time to time.

(And I often get teased for this, and rightly so, as I mention I am having a break and then something happens to get me tweeting again.)

I was going to have one last week, when the further Brexit extension was confirmed.

But then the Assange story resumed and, as it happens, I know a fair amount about that case by reason of blogging about it in 2012.

The Assange stuff, however, should now be quiet for a short period, while the Swedish prosecutor decides on whether to revive the case given that Assange is again available.

I also now have this new blog to play around with, and I would like to post more here. I think I am tired of tweeting (and Twitter tells me I have been on there some ten years, which is scary).

I realise, of course, that posts on here will not get as much circulation as tweets which “go viral” – but, frankly, that may not be a bad thing. You can get into a rut with anything, and perhaps it is time to do more long-form writing on here and elsewhere.

If something genuinely significant happens I will go back on Twitter. But I am bored of tweets, for now, and the atmosphere on there is often unpleasant. People can be so nasty with such ease.

So this post is just a marker of intent: not every post has to be earnest and an event!

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17th March 2019

Jack of Kent is no more.

I had been getting tired of the old fellow for some time.

Having a blogging name was something you did ten or so years ago, and I chose the name of Jack of Kent after the medieval wizard who outwitted the Devil by close attention to what was said.

It seemed a good name for a legal blog.

But one obvious problem was that my name is not Jack and (although I lived in north Kent when I started the blog) I am not from Kent.

Another problem was that I recently felt I did not know what to do with the JoK name – was it a distinct brand or a distinct approach, was it a character?

It was beginning to feel all rather odd, as I did not tweet nor do my journalism under the JoK name.

So I have now killed the old fellow off.

Bye, Jack.

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This blog is now under the name I do my legal commentary on Twitter and at the Financial Times and elsewhere.

You will see the url has changed.

The JoK name may still crop up in update emails, and so on, until the name change works its way through the system.

And I am afraid a lot of old links will now be dead. I am sorry for the inconvenience that will cause.

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But I have also done more than change the site name.

I have taken down my old posts, as it seemed a good moment to start afresh with my online presence.

(Though over time I may re-post some of the old posts which seem worth re-publishing.)

One nice thing about blogging independently is that you can take things down as easily as you can put things up.

Independent blogging (as opposed to blogs on commercial or news sites) is, in essence, a form of pamphleteering. It is a flexible and often ephemeral medium.

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I think the time has arrived to start afresh with a new personal blog.

Indeed – though I cannot promise – I may even get into the habit of blogging more regularly on here (instead of tweeting).

And it must be said, WordPress is now a lot more user-friendly than it used to be.

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