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With 2011 fast approaching, I have given the main site http://www.dundeewestend.com/ a bit of a make-over.
Its not a hugely radical change to the existing layout but goes give the blog a fresh look and moves the sidebar to the left.
I’ve spent the last couple of days in Harrogate at my ‘day job’ employer’s annual conference – and this is the first time I have attempted to update www.dundeewestend.com from a train on the East Coast Main Line … so here goes …!
Lovely place Harrogate and beautiful weather yesterday …
Awards Dinner last night …
And not such a beautiful day today! …
Now number 18 (last year = 31) in the Top Liberal Democrat Blogs category. I’m delighted at this rankings improvement!
Now number 9 (last year = 16) in the Top 30 Councillor Blogs category. Last year, 16th made me the top LibDem councillor blog, but despite the seven place rise to 9th overall this year, one LibDem councillor – Cllr Alex Folkes from Cornwall – had a meteoric and well-deserved rankings increase from 29th to 5th place! Well done, that Lanson Boy!
Many thanks to all who voted for me – I’m most grateful!
They wanted to (to quote them!) “ask a few questions about your own blogging story and the benefits of using this form of social media“.
The furore over the SNP Mark MacLachan’s blog “The Universality of Cheese” (see article from today’s Sunday Herald –http://bit.ly/6E2jHe) is best summed up by the comments of two Scottish bloggers –
The Green Party’s Two Doctors (seehttp://bit.ly/8sWHNl) ” … it mostly damages the reputation of blogging, and more seriously, the reputation of politics in general.”
Dundee blogger Stuart Winton’s Planet Politics (see http://bit.ly/801cpC) “And given the former position of the blog’s author the revelations can now only damage the SNP.
Thus perhaps Mark MacLachlan merely desired a little online adulation and saw a blog with a hefty dose of bile and vitriol as a more effective means to that end than a more moderate approach, or perhaps the venom on display provided some sort of personal catharsis.
But whatever he sought to achieve, the MacBlogosphere in general and the SNP’s online presence in particular are well rid of the likes of The Universality of Cheese, and it is to be hoped that this latest exposé – following the demise of Wardog last week – will encourage others to adopt a more civilised approach.”
The www.westendblog.org.uk site has now had an extensive makeover. Over the weekend, I have experimented with a new template for www.dundeewestend.com as well, but concluded that with a customised layout and 1350 posts, it was more trouble than it is worth!
Nearly 153 000 visitors later, I am most grateful to everyone who regularly reads the site and also to everyone who has e-mailed me with comments and issues, particularly those related to West End of Dundee matters.
Feedback is always gratefully received at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appear to be second in the Scottish LibDem list – congratulations Stephen Glenn of Linlithgow who topped this ‘poll within the poll’.
Great amusement reading some of the comments on Iain Dale’s list – e.g.
“At August 27, 2008 5:06 PM , Anonymous said…
SNP blogs should be coloured yellow!
I, personally, am outraged!”
Err … the SNP ones are coloured either purple or blue. But given Alex Salmond’s recent comments about Lady Thatcher :
“We didn’t mind the economic side so much.”
… blue is obviously thoroughly appropriate!
I have made a few changes to the widgets and front page content to speed things up, but I have now also set up a very fast to load mirror site hosted by WordPress at www.westendblog.org.uk with identical content. The only drawback with this new mirror site is that some of the imported video clips, etc, won’t work on it, but the bulk of the content will be easily readable …