From my colleague, Cllr Matt Palmer:
Some stats for unbelievers:
Local paper? About 1,130 in the same area in 2009 but fallen since then.
- Households subscribing to my weekly email list: 468 (only covers Burley - I don't do a Menston one at the moment so that's for half the ward)
- RSS news subscriptions to my web site: 435
- Monthly visitors to website at mattpalmer.net: 5,159 (10k page views)
- Monthly visitors to local discussion forum at wharfedaleforums.com: 11,855 (reading 95,556 pages between them)
Almost all of this is from half my ward so with the right efforts over the next 8 years it could probably be doubled.
It does work!