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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Blogging AM scoops online title
Peter Black AM
Peter Black thinks more politicians should join the blogging revolution
Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black has said he is grateful he has had some recognition after winning a newspaper's award for his political weblog.

A poll run by the Guardian Unlimited website picked out Mr Black for the title of politician's blog of the year.

Mr Black beat off the challenge of other politicians including the Lib Dem's Romsey MP Sandra Gidley.

Other AMs who also run weblogs include Conservative David Davies and Labour's Leighton Andrews.

Mr Black, who represents South West Wales, said the title was valuable as it meant that what he was doing was "worthwhile and of a reasonable quality for people to engage with".

He said his blog, which he started in 2003, was "about all sorts of things", but "mostly about Welsh politics and politics in general".

As more and more people go online and more and more people try to find out about their politicians, I think it will start to engage more people as well
Peter Black

"I enjoy doing it, but I also think of it as part of my job because I think one of the things I should be doing is communicating with my electorate," he said.

"The thing about a blog is it is interactive - you have a comments sections on there so people can add comments to the entries I put on."

He said a wide range of people, from members of the public to "political anoraks" and journalists, read his work.

"I think it is an important part of e-democracy because it is interactive and because it is attracting interest.

"As more and more people go online and more and more people try to find out about their politicians, I think it will start to engage more people as well."




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