Thanks to the Standardistas for giving me a method of distraction for the evening. I’m usually to be found at The Hand Mirror, with a group of feminist left-of-centre women blogging about various things. Tonight though I’ll be live-blogging here at the heart of the leftwing portion of the blogosphere, and I hope I can do it justice.
My intentions are three-fold:
1. Chronicle the ups and down of the party vote. Most important vote and all that.
2. Squeeze in some mention of anything that happens in the coverage that particularly strikes me as worth the finger exercise. Last election there was that whole plane flying into the Sky Tower saga, and of course Peter Dunne losing his rag at the media. Who knows what might happen tonight? I’ll be flicking around the telly channels (although we don’t have Freeview, so that means no TVNZ7 or Sky), as well as a few websites from time to time.
3. Keep an eye on a (mammoth) list of 18 electorates (the Pivotals) which may change hands, or play an important role for some reason. These are based on my own assessment of the key spots, and may of course differ from your list. Your electorate may not even be on it; not everyone gets to be special, all the time. Obviously this list may change as the night progresses. Hopefully it will get shorter!
What I won’t be doing is moderating the comment threads. But don’t worry, lprent will, as always, be keeping a beady eye on us all.
Other Standardistas may also pop in over the course of the evening. Apparently they all have actual lives though, so I’ll be handling the main live-blogging post, which I anticpate will be one (long) post that I update throughout the night. I’m having a few friends over (who are going to find out shortly that they are helping me keep track of the Pivotals above) and if I stop updating it’ll either be technological (probably my fault) or biological (most likely baby-related).
Alright, let’s see how this goes, I’ll kick off the actual live-blogging post in a mo.