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THE EDITOR'S DIARIES - SATURDAY 1 JANUARY 2000
The First Secret Revealed

The first day of the new millennium has just ended. What better time to start keeping a diary.

I did plan to begin last new year, but like my intention to go running every day it fell at the first hurdle.

This time it will be different!

So okay I'm going to keep a diary again - something I haven't done since I was twelve. But why oh why would I want to put it on the world wide web?

If I was a car sticker I'd reply: "Editors do it in public".

There is more to it than that.

One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is why do I run CWN?

Why have I spent thousands of unpaid hours over the last four and half years, and many thousands of pounds of my own money, developing a community internet site for Coventry and Warwickshire?

There are several reasons.

And the first I will reveal now. I love to write. What better way to get readers for what I write than to run CWN.

But there lies a great irony. As CWN has got bigger and bigger so I have to spend more and more of my time running the business that earns the money to pay for CWN. And, you've guessed it, that means I get less and less time to actually do what I most enjoy - the writing.

So hence the diary - a bit of daily discipline to pen a few words before bedtime.

But aren't I being a bit presumptuous here - why would anyone want to read what I've got to say?

Well if you've read this far that's answered half that question, and if you read again tomorrow that will answer the other half.

Being editor of CWN certainly gives me lots to tell - I talk with dozens of people every day about anything and everything to do with Coventry and Warwickshire, I read council papers by the ream and I receive about a thousand email messages every week.

Discerning the fact from the rumour of course is the fun part.

So whether you want to know what makes CWN tick, what keeps me doing ludicrously long hours or just want to keep up to date with what's going down on the home front drop by each day to 'The Editor's Diaries'.

And by the way thanks to the two lads we surprised at 11pm on 31 December letting the tyres down on our car. We really did enjoy seeing the new year in changing a wheel on the rooftop of Barracks Car Park - the view of all the firework displays around the city was impressive.

I do wonder if they can't find anything better to do than vandalise cars on New Years Eve what hope is there for them in the new millennium?

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