And now we’re getting very close to the present, with blog posts that reference issues that are still going on and less ‘oh, I’d completely forgotten that’ moments for me as I go through the blog. But still, there are interesting things back there.

I clearly made a decision to start blogging more in January 2011, as not only are there several posts there, I also started off two ideas to generate regular posts. The first Worth Reading set of links appeared then, as did my ‘let’s blog about every book I read’ plan, one of which is still going.

I started off the year looking at some mind-numbing stupidity published by the Guardian, and then began another long-running series of posts having a pop at Eric Pickles’ vision of centralist localism, followed up here and here.

In local news, I wrote about what was happening (and mostly not happening) about the old Colchester Odeon building on Crouch Street, which I followed up with some more information.

Liberal Democrat Voice aroused my ire by piling vapidity on vapidity and posting a really stupid article about ‘Alarm Clock Britain’. Another followed, but the phrase does seem to have died a well-deserved death in the intervening two years.

Far too much time in the Cricinfo archives helped me discover who the real holders of the Ashes should be, if every test cricketing team had been able to compete for them.

A Labour blog compared David Cameron to Pol Pot. Outrage didn’t ensue.

When Gerry Adams resigned from Parliament without becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead, I realised there might be a job opportunity there.

Back in local politics, and I asked if Colchester should apply for city status. We did in the end, though somehow Chelmsford won. Later in the year, I proposed the motion at full Council in favour of applying for it.

In recursion news, I noted my blog’s eighth birthday by looking back to my first post. I got the date right that year, though.

In the realm of the insane, someone was suggesting that it might be time to replace David Dimleby on Question Time (somewhat sane) with Andrew Neil (absolutely barking insane). And not with Dimbleby, but I did my first ever long political interview with hyperlocal blogger Jason Cobb.

I don’t know if I ever submitted this application to be a Daily Mail journalist, but if I did, it obviously wasn’t successful. Talk of the Daily Mail leads inevitably to discussion of whether you can make something that’s intentionally bad. In this case, a movie.

Posting got lighter after that because I was running for re-election and set out some reasons to vote for me. They clearly worked, as I was re-elected with a majority that almost doubled.

Meanwhile, the former leader of Essex County Council showed why maths wasn’t his strong point, and then was found guilty of false accounting.

Around the same time, I was reading A Game of Thrones for the first time. Weird that it took me so long to get round to it, but perhaps good in that I missed all the long waits for the more recent books to come out.

Witness another still-running battle springing into life with my first post protesting about police accreditation at Lib Dem Conference.

I found some good words that Nick Clegg should have been saying about News International - remember when all we worried about was them taking over all of BSkyB? I also reviewed a novel written by the same person, which may be the first time I read a novel by a blogger (as opposed to a blog by a novelist)

Limited Tour de France coverage that year too, though I found a wonderfully French quote on the official site.

After that, things got a bit sparse for the year, though part of that was explained by doing NaNoWriMo again. Despite not mentioning it on the blog, I did complete it that year, even though my only post in December was a Christmas message.

And that’s it for 2011 – despite clear good intentions at the start, blogging fizzled out as the year went on. In 2012, things went in a different direction, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow for that.

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