Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mention in Western Morning News

Thanks today to the Western Morning News for giving this blog a plug. The relevant bits of the article are below and the full article can be seen here.

Lifting the lid on the region's bloggers
...But beyond these global phenomena, blogs have had a profound effect on the lives of people on a much more local level, not least here in the Westcountry. From an insider's view of daily life on a farm or online opinions of local politics to the latest news in surfing and adventure sports circles, the region is well represented in the blogosphere...Mrs Walton, who also writes for Devon Today magazine, said: "It's a good medium to be thought-provoking. I suppose a lot of people do it as an online diary, but it can see you become much more confident in your writing." This is true of Tim Kevan. The trained barrister left the legal profession after working in London for 10 years, relocating to Braunton, North Devon, to write a novel and surf. He explains: "I wanted to be a writer. Not having done it before, apart from legal journals, blogging was a great soft entry into writing. You don't have to be in any way self-conscious." The (ex) Barrister Blog helped market his first non-fiction book, Why Lawyers Should Surf, but he now blogs about anything that interests him, from surfing to politics, and hopes his blog will publicise his first novel, to be published by Bloomsbury next year.

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