I am with Ipswich Spy in their analysis of of political blogging. Primarily, they are talking about Ipswich but do expand into the wider country.
As they say: “Locally, Councillor 2.0 as a concept has been completely ignored.” And this, at a time when the blogosphere is full of talk of Web 3.0.
I suspect Ipswich Spy was prompted to write on this subject by Alasdair Ross’s post about Ben Gummer’s website and the Conservative and Lib Dem websites in Ipswich. He, naturally, thinks the Labour website is good, which it is by comparison.
One of the county councillor blogs mentioned by Ipswich Spy is that of Jane Storey, which I have been put off because of my irrational dislike of rottweilers (that is not a personal allusion to the councillor who struck me as rather mild when I heard her at the council). It is a pity that her blog looks as if it has been taken over by Russian spammers who have placed links to sites selling fake Gucci handbags.
Like Ipswich Spy, I want to see more blogging in Suffolk. For a start it makes blogging easier, because the more people involved in the conversation, the more lively and productive it becomes.
Wordblog has been live again for about a month and I am still finding other bloggers in the area, but it proving much harder work than writing about the media and interacting with other media bloggers.
So we need more and better bloggers in Suffolk. I wonder if the county council would give me a grant to run seminars on blogging: if is important in developing communities. Seriously, I am willing to talk to anyone of any political colour about blogging.
* Note to Jane Storey: I think your spam problem would be solved by moving to WordPress.com or Blogger.com. I would choose WordPress.