New Year, New Direction, New Course

New Year, New Direction, New Course

January 1st is an arbitrary day to be the first day of the year. As a former public servant in the UK I would also see 1 April as the first day of the financial year. Several years ago I wrote a post explaining why the UK tax year starts on 6 April (which itself refers to the first day of the year traditionally being 25th March, “Conception Day”). Anyway, 1 January is the conventional start of the year in terms of the change from 2018 to 2019 (CE, not AD) and the extended break I had over the Christmas and new year period has given me a chance to think about this blog.

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This blog now has an Apple News channel


I got approval today to my application for this blog to be a channel on Apple News. As an Apple nerd I'm really pleased. This perhaps means very little to most readers of this blog but if you have an iPhone or an iPad and you use the Apple News app you can read the entries from this blog inside the app. Choose the search icon at the bottom of the app's screen and search for managing public money and then check the heart shape that appears next to the channel name.

I don't know if Apple News has taken off as well as Apple wanted. I've begun to use it more once I figured out how to customise the stories to see ones I want and, more particularly, not see stories I don't want (there was a time I was seeing lots of articles about Meghan Markle and I'm just not interested).

Apple News includes analytics so I will be able to see how many people view my articles there versus direct on this site and versus Medium, where I will also post some of the articles. Let me know in the comments if you plan to read this in the Apple News app.