You'll note today's quote for the day: "Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." - Nikita Khrushchev.
There's no such thing as bad publicity or so "They" whoever "They" might be, say. The result of this week's slanging match, whether you agree with comment moderation or not, has a least boosted the number of visits as you can see from the web counter at the bottom of the page, with just over 8,000 impresions needed before we reach 200,000.
In fact, the real target I have set is 250,00, which sounds like a respectable Blog number for a place like Thanet, particularly as I now have competition, which wasn't the case a year ago.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Moderation is a pain in the backside and I'd much rather do without it as it takes up time that I only really have available for adding new posts and it means that when I'm away or busy, the comments won't go up in real time, which is very disappointing given the effort I've put into this weblog.
I would have thought that the people of Thanet would have more to be exercised about than the mud-slinging of local politics but at least you know that you can use this weblog as a means of opening a dialogue with city hall, when it comes to addressing all manner of local problems.
Descend into name-calling and that hard-won advantage may disappear with ThanetLife becoming another tacky source of jibes and criticism. There's a great deal that can be improved and even more that can be changed and there's a local election around the corner, so among other concerns and stories let's use the site to explore local issues intelligently and with courtesy regardless of any political affiliation or sense of ourtrage.