It had escaped my attention that Free Movement was four years old on 7 March 2011. The first ever post was published on that day, entitled Overstayers and illegal entrants. The Home Secretary was Dr Reid. How long ago that all feels! Since then 365 posts have been published, the site has had nearly 820,000 hits, the average number of views each weekday is around 1,500, there are coming up to 700 email subscribers and Free Movement has acquired 285 Twitter followers. Astonishingly, there have been 2,593 comments left on the blog.
Other than the home page, the most popular post of the last four years was on the Cambridge College of Learning (20,954 views), followed by Long residence rules (11,554 views) and Another legacy cases update (10,589 views). Looking at the last year only, interest has clearly waned in CCL but long residence and legacy move into the top two spots with 4,410 and 4,351 views respectively, followed by Zambrano in third place with 2,916, despite having only been published a few weeks ago.
I know that a lot of immigration lawyers, Home Office staff and Immigration Judges read this blog but it seems clear from the interest in issues affecting immigrants most directly than many others come here to find information. Right from the very start, this was the mixed purpose of the blog.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you all continue to find it useful.