Top Posts for March

It has been a record breaking March on the blog. Thank you to everyone everyone who has visited, tweeted a link or posted a comment.
I’m going to be taking a break from writing regular posts in April as I’m really involved in campaigning for the London Mayoral Elections and don’t have a huge amount of free time, but I’ll be back in early May with the first results from the 2012 Campaign Totals exercise.
Here are the five most read articles for the month.
1. Do we need to change where we get our news from?
2. Why has KONY 2012 been so successful?
3. The beginners guide to getting your campaign emails read.
4. Can working with think tanks really enhance our campaigning?
5. What did we really learn from Make Poverty History? 
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Top Posts for September

Its been a amazing September on the blog. A record number of visitors and a featured post in the Guardian. A huge thanks to everyone who has visited, tweeted a link or posted a comment.
Here are the five most read articles for the month.
1. Astroturfing, 38 Degrees and MPs views of e-actions
2. Summer Reading
3. Campaign Totals – Top 15 organisations
4. What are the 10 best campaign films?
5. May the Force be with Greenpeace
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Top Posts for August 2011

Its been a quieter August on the blog, but still a huge thanks to everyone who has visited, tweeted a link or posted a comment.
Here are the five most read articles for the month.
1. Thoughts on the first week of epetitions.direct.gov.uk
2. Summer Reading
3. Advocacy in 2020 – future trends and how to prepare for them
4. Four exciting things happening in campaigning
5. Campaign Totals 2011 – By department
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On holiday….back in September

A Daily Tip e-mail from the good folk at New Organising Institute reminded me last week about the importance of taking a holiday. They came up with lots of useful reasons as to why we should take a break.

Back in September
With this in mind, I’m going to pause blogging until the start of September to take a short break myself.
If you’re an activist and you haven’t taken a break for a while I’d encourage you to do so.
If you have taken a break recently and are looking for useful reading on campaigning, why not have a look at;
My Summer Reading list – Lots of great books recommended by folk from across the campaigning world
The Right Ethos tweets – they’re suggesting a campaigning resource you should be reading throughout August.
These old posts that still get lots of traffic to them Best Advocacy Videos and Great Campaign Stunts.
See you in September…..

Top Posts for July 2011

A huge thanks to everyone who has visited, tweeted a link or posted a comment. Here are the five most read articles for July. 
1. Evaluating Advocacy – Craft or Science?
2. Summer Reading
3. From Across the Pond – Leadership within an Advocacy Movement
4. May the Force be with Greenpeace 
5. How campaigning dealt a blow to the Murdoch empire
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Top posts for June 2011

It’s been really great June for the blog. A huge thanks to everyone who has visited, tweeted a link or posted a comment. Here are the five most read articles for the month.
1. May the Force be with Greenpeace
2. Campaign Totals – DFID
3. From Across the Pond – Leadership within an Advocacy Movement
4. How Oxfam let key activists know about its new campaign first
5. Campaigns Totals – DFID breakdown by action
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Still blogging here…but also somewhere else

Regular readers of the blog will have noticed that in the last month I’ve broken the golden rule of blogging, that you must write something at least once a week. The main reason for this is because I’ve been contributing over on the NCVO website as they’ve launched the Campaigning and Influencing Forum.
I’ve written about the legacy of the debt campaign, sharing what I learnt from organising a successful event with MPs and asking if we can use visualisation to make data more interesting.
I’ll be reposting my contributions on this blog in the coming weeks, but if you haven’t visited the Forum, I’d encourage you to pay it a visit. It’s turning into a really lively forum covering lots of critical issues for those involved in campaigning.
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Political Dynamite

I have to confess that I’ve never managed to find a blogging rhythm, so perhaps it’s foolish that I’ve joined as a regular contributor to the Political Dynamite blog which launched this week.
The blog is a collective effort, pulling together a fascinating mix of campaigners working on a range of different causes. The writers have an eclectic set ideas and approaches about how change happens so it should be a great blog to follow.
I’ll be attempting to write a regular article on a Monday, and will cross-post my articles on here. But do pay politicaldynamite.com a visit, post a comment and add it to your RSS feed.

A penny for your thoughts

Welcome to the thoughtful campaigner……
This blog aims to be a space to highlight excellent examples of campaigning, to reflect on emerging trends and to keep a pace with what’s happening in the world of campaigning in the UK.
I’ve worked in the sector for the last 5 years, but can’t seem to find one place which draws things together into one place so I’ve started this blog. To keep my employer happy here comes the usual disclaimer, that all the views are my own and have nothing to do with anyone who pays me to do this!
You’ll spot a bias towards development and environmental campaigns, because these are the ones that I know most about and follow closely, but my aim is to bring together in one place the very best examples from across the UK and beyond.
Get involved…add a comment, share examples of good practice you’ve seen, write for the site, tell me what you’d like to see….