A quick glance at the web counter shows me that today this blog passed the 100,000 hits mark.
Admittedly, as I haven't exactly been a prolific blogger since I started back in August 2006, I've rather coasted rather than surged through the 100,000 point. It's a milestone nonetheless.
In truth, when I began blogging, I was hoping to create a significant audience amongst the residents I reporesent in Haughton West - the blog was intended as a new way of allowing 2-way communication for local people.
And whilst I know some residents do occasionally look at my burblings, I'm afraid it has never really taken off in that regard - the monthly e-newsletters I send out to around 100 households on behalf of the 3 of us in the ward probably are much more effective.
Neither has blogging taken off in the North East in a way I expected back then. Whilst my colleagues Simon Henig and Nick Forbes do have their own websites in Durham and Newcastle respectively, truth to say blogging hasn't really developed as a means of communication and debate amongst either Labour or Tory politicians. Only the LibDems seem to have taken it to their hearts, though whether it is really delivering results for them is hard to say.
Here in Darlington, we have a good micro-blogging community. Whilst the occasional postings of Mike Barker, the Cartwrights and myself can scarecely be described as a Socratic dialogue, we do occasionally make the Echo - indeed I'm surprised that more of my colleagues haven't appreciated that well-written blog posts easily generate news stories, as Mike clearly does.
So it's a case of onwards and upwards. Just as Obama and his use of email helped define the 2008 US elections, we'll see how, if at all, the internet will influence voters here in Darlington in 2010. In what promises to be an increasingly-tight election in national terms, who knows what effect the internet may have on the result in the North East.