Who reads the ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid’ blog?

Back in March, I asked ‘Where are the Irish?’  At the time, I was surprised that the blog had so few readers in Ireland.  In many ways, that post did the trick.  The blog now has a regular and growing readership in Ireland.

I thought it might be time to once again share a few statistics about who reads this blog.  Since the blog was launched in July 2011, the blog has been viewed over 13,000 times.  October 2012 was the blog’s busiest month, in terms of the number of views of the site.  There are probably two reasons for this: the link to the obituary for our friend Andy Privett was circulated widely within his extensive friendship network and amongst the activist groups he had been working with in recent years; also, I have been teaching about anti-apartheid solidarity on a third year module “Spaces of Social Change” and I suspect many of my students have been referring to the site.

As of this morning, the ten most read posts on the site (excluding the home page and the ‘about’ page) are:

  1. Andrew Privett: a life of (loud) activism and ‘no regrets’
  2. Celebrating Mandela’s release: Trafalgar Square, 11 February 1990
  3. South Africa: come and see our wildlife (classic subvert)
  4. Surrounding the South African Embassy (to remember the Soweto Uprising)
  5. The day being ‘non-stop’ stopped
  6. Zephania Mothopeng in London, 1989
  7. Marching to save the lives of the Upington 14
  8. The ANC, the Kitsons and the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group
  9. Brixton-Soweto: contours of solidarity
  10. 1000 days and nights against apartheid

Since 25 February 2012, when these statistics became available, the blog has been visited by readers in 95 different countries.  More than half of the readers during this time have come from the United Kingdom, but the second largest readership (appropriately and gratifyingly) is in South Africa.  In descending order, the blog also has significant readerships in the USA, Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and India.  In addition to South Africa, the blog is beginning to develop a readership in several other African countries; most significantly in Namibia, but also in Nigeria and Kenya, with some readers in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

What is less obvious from these automated web statistics is who reads this blog.  I know that many former members of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group read it (they’re responsible for the majority of the 187 comments posted on the site), and I know academic colleagues (and my students) also use the site.  I am interested to know who else reads the work we present here. So, let’s try an experiment: if you are reading this post, please leave a short comment below to say who you are, where you are based and what you have gained from reading the site. 

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Professor of Political Geography and Sexualities University of Leicester
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5 Responses to Who reads the ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid’ blog?

  1. Hi Gavin,
    Hugh, PhD student from Royal Holloway, University of London.
    I read this blog because it is one of the few places where you can find out about everyday histories of UK anti-apartheid activism. I have gained a sense of perspective about the people and organizations involved in the Non-Stop Picket. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi Gavin (and other readers)

    My name is Evan Smith and I am a historian at Flinders University in South Australia. I am interested in anti-racist and anti-colonial activism in Britain, Australia and South Africa, particularly amongst the left and labour movements.

    I find this blog really interesting as it crosses over with my research in many ways.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. steve konrad says:

    Hi Gavin
    I always read the posts on the blog and they bring back my memories of the people and activity around City Group and the NSP.
    I was an active picketer and a Commitee member for a time,probaply I will most be remembered by others as an active member of The Humanist Party.(I always look for pictures of our banners on the blog,but so far havn’t noticed any!)

    I’m glad you are doing this and hope you carry on.

    Regards ,
    Steve Konrad

    • Gavin Brown says:

      Thanks, Steve. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the Humanist Party! There are, however, surprisingly few photos with Humanist Party banners and placards amongst the material we currently have access to. If you have some that help record the role of the Humanists in the Picket, please share them.

  4. tony says:

    Im in London working with the RCG and Im reading this to find out more about the history of this campaign. Many thanks for your time and efforts to make sure this history is never forgotten and is always ours.

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