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It turns out picking fights is a great way to sign up new subscribers.
It’s been very exciting watching the reaction to my most recent post on how to fix the New Statesman. Because of my clever business strategy of putting my worst opinions behind a paywall, it meant that for the 24 hours after it went up, every few minutes my inbox would ping with news of another paid subscriber – or to be more accurate, another person signing up to the free trial1.
It turns out that media people really love talking about the media. Who’d have thought?
In any case, I’m under no illusion that many of you are probably not going to stick around for the long haul – you were signing up for the drama, not the annoyingly sensible take hiding behind the incendiary headline.
But now that I’ve got you anyway, and you’ve gone as far as putting in your credit card details, so I’m going to try and persuade you to stick around.
Because if you enjoyed my thing about the New Statesman, you might enjoy my other writing too. It’s not entirely about the Postcode Address File.
More sincerely, it is only with your support that I’m able to write regularly on this Substack – and even the posts I put out for free take time to write. I hugely appreciate your support for my work.
So if you sign up for an annual subscription with THIS SPECIAL LINK, you can get yourself 20% off of the usual annual fee – that’s a discount, on top of a discount, compared to paying monthly.
Now to seal the deal, here’s a short digest of some of favourite posts – to give you a flavour of the sorts of things you can expect to find on Odds and Ends of History.
And finally, the most important post on the Odds and Ends of History canon:
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