Gosh, the 500th already. 500 posts in 5 years, an average of two posts every week – that is not too shabby. When I kicked off in August 2010 (see http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=69), I expected to produce one or two updates a week – goal accomplished!
I receive VAT updates from various resources every day, and I am trying to filter and annotate the news items that I believe are interesting for the VAT Blog readers. The focus is of course on international VAT matters, and I particularly pay attention to U.S.-headquartered multinationals. Many a European VAT manager has forwarded VAT blog posts to the U.S. based headoffice to explain a VAT situation!
As a result, instructional blog postings have been the most popular, like the posts on reverse charges and new-year-prep in November 2010 – see http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=170 and http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=185.
Global management of indirect taxes is popular as well – see this post of February 2011: http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=234.
And more recently the post about Uber hit home – this is the one where I discussed the VAT liability of companies doing business through employees versus companies using independent contractors. See http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=1035.
Also, you may have been unaware that there are hundreds of readers that every Monday receive a brief digest of the previous week’s postings. The number of subscribers is steadily increasing – just this morning someone signed up saying “I am very impressed by your blog…wish I knew about it sooner.”!
So there you have it – the VAT Blog needs better marketing! You could help for starters by signing up for the weekly update here: http://eepurl.com/bcRipD, and once you have done that, you could forward that link to co-workers, clients or VAT advisers. Competitors are welcome! (Even though I consistently get kicked off Big 4 mailing lists.)
Finally, I would like to recognize my readers and thank you for the kind words of encouragement that I regularly receive! I only know a relatively insignificant number of readers personally and if I could just have one fruitful conversation out of every 1000 ‘hits’ on my website, business development would be so much easier!
Thank you. And email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S.: See you at one of the upcoming VAT conferences – http://www.us-vat.com/blog/?p=1053