Shane McCracken has blogged at Cllr 2.0 about the experience of Norfolk County Councillor Tony Tomkinson who started blogging at the beginning of this year:
The post is a superb example of how using a blog a civic leader can gather considered and in-depth views from a wide range of people with a wide range of views. The blog hasn’t replaced the village public meeting but it has complemented it very well. Although Tony is prevented by his position as a councillor from expressing an opinion before the Planning committee meeting, he is providing leadership by encouraging discussion and opinion through having a place for that discussion to take place.
A great example of the benefits that blogging can bring for local politicians and their communities.
I wonder how well a blogging councillor like Tony would fit in with a local social media community like I described this morning?