Turn the Welsh Blogosphere Blue

It's not often I will criticise my party in public but we have really got to pull our finger out over our presence on the web, especially as it is estimated that we only have four active bloggers (and I am one of those!).

This despite having a significant presence by individual Welsh conservatives on networking sites such as Facebook.

It is disappointing that only Nick Bourne has a blog presence amongst our AMs and that Glyn Davies (who started his blog when down in Cardiff Bay) is the sole parliamentary candidate with an active blog. As far as I know, not one of our councillors is currently blogging.

Many will say that they don't have the time to do this but we are all busy people and one of our hardest working shadow ministers, David Jones MP, makes the effort to blog nearly every day.

Others will say that there is nothing to write about, so why do I get at least ten press releases every day from the Welsh party?

Some have told me that it is a waste of time because the blogosphere is not read by locals i.e. voters and yet blogs such as Oscar's Thoughts in Conwy are regularly commented upon by local Tories.

More importantly, the press - both local and national - will do regular trawls of blogs to look for new stories.

It is time for every councillor, candidate, AM and MP to reconsider their presence on the web in Wales.

David Cameron has led the way with innovations such as webcameron and I would argue that, at a UK level, we are the best advocate of the use of the web as a communications tool and there is no reason not to do the same in Wales.

C'mon, Welsh Conservatives, we can do better than this!

Update: My better half pointed out to me that I forgot to mention Stephen Crabb's excellent website - apologies!

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