Over the last couple of months I’ve been advertising for someone to take over the running of Lib Dem Voice, as unfortunately I’m unable to continue for various reasons – not least of which the amount of time running a site of this nature takes up (Iain Dale may well pop up now and tell me he warned me… and he did!).
I had discussions with a couple of people, and after some investigation it’s been decided that the Lib Dem Voice blog will close to new contributions and comments on June 19th, and the forum will close on the same day. The blog will continue to be available as an archive for some time thereafter, forum posts will not – please ensure you take a copy of any posts that are valuable to you (maybe someone could create a private wiki ‘campaign manual’ out of the useful stuff?).
Running this blog has been a great project – lots of ups, tempered by the occasional down. I hope it’s been valuable to its target audience, Lib Dem activists. If any group (and I do suggest you have a group around you) starts up a similar project / successor blog, let me know and I’ll give you some prominent links to aid you in your site growth. For the moment, for discussion I commend to you the LDYS forum (irrespective of your age), and for blogs the ever excellent Lib Dem Blogs.
LDV will continue to operate until June 19th, but will wind down gradually in the week running up to that date (because I’ll be on holiday!).
Particular thanks to the team who regularly contributed content: Alex Foster (star Podcaster!), Richard Huzzey, Stephen Tall, Mark Pack. Thanks to Ryan Cullen for keeping an eagle eye on the forums, and to Will Howells who made a huge contribution before giving in to the lure of Cowley St!
Thanks to everyone who contributed content (in vaguely chronological order):
And of course, thanks to the commenters. As I say, I hope this has been a useful (and sometimes fun) blog to have around.