...there was a blog. Let's call it, I don't know, Ilkley Rocks, for ease. Back in 2003 or 4 it was (hard to remember). So I moved to Ilkley, and started writing. At the time, after doing some searching, it seemed that only a blog in Malmesbury was doing something similar. Long before the word 'hyperlocal' was invented, Ilkley Rocks was it.
It was still a bit of a wild time on the British web. Clamps hadn't been tightened. And I took the freedom to abuse, mislead, lie and spin stories. I remember (and the evidence is still here) suggesting that Cllr Mike Gibbons was watching the residents of the town through secret cameras, that Ilkley Golf Club was the scene of a coven controlling the town, that, well...it's all still up here. I was clear that I never alleged corruption, or crime, just allowed some rants to ramble and decline to obscenity.
Frankly, I doubt I'd get away with it now.
There was a campaign against CCTV, mostly led by others, but documented here. You won't find much sign of it, after a threat of legal action against our host. You see, I always said I was a coward and would remove anything if asked. But, hey, we won. And the impact of that campaign meant we won again recently.
But, as people got to know more about blogs, it became somehow less interesting. Though entertaining for me when Cllr Hawkesworth started debating directly with me on the blog, even while being abused (for which she rose much higher in my esteem),
Things have changed. We've got some independent councillors in the town for a start. Albeit not massively bright ones. We've got some new xmas lights. And the money keeps flowing in. My particular bete noire, the Bradford council archaeologist, is still in post, and still claiming the Panorama Stones are a recent forgery. And the Ilkley Gazette died and then was re-born when people stopped buying its successor. Oh, and then twitter came along. And a few new sites.
But I thought, 'I've rested long enough, time to write again'. Not for commercial reasons, our host won't allow that, but to see how long it is till I get bored once more.