Further to Lord Norton’s entry below I also thought this debate was well worth while. Lords of the Blog is clearly attracting interest but we still do not have enough members taking part. I want to work on getting some more Lords blogging next year – that’s my New Year resolution! I also have to up my own game. I have fallen behind recently and need to make more entries and to reply to more points.
One of the most important points to come out of the Hansard and Information Office research into this blog is the percentage of young people participating. Well over 50% are between the ages of 18 and 34. The BBC and other main stream media tend to attract an older audience to their political broadcasts. Blogging is one of the few measures that get younger people involved. Younger people tend to be more issue oriented and are also very familiar with computer based conversations.
I referred to Derek Wyatt MP in the debate. He is well ahead of everyone else in communicating electronically with his constituents. It’s worth visiting his site to see the direction of travel. http://www.derekwyattmp.co.uk/default.aspx?i_PageID=1810