A handful of delegates to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party are offering a glimpse into the secretive meeting through their blogs, as the government tries to keep pace with modern times. But even though it is the most wired party congress ever, web surfers looking for the inside scoop will be disappointed because delegates' blogs offer minute personal details or echo the party line, even as citizen bloggers heap ridicule on the event. As delegates wrangled yesterday over who would take seats on the Standing Committee of the Politburo, Chongqing delegate Luo Chengyou reported on an informal discussion on agriculture. 'The key is still to solve the problem of increasing revenue for farmers,' he wrote. 'If farmers' purses aren't bulging, then many other problems will be difficult to solve.' However, his blog could at least claim to be responsive to the people, since it was based on a text message from a reader. Party congress delegates are sequestered from the public at tightly guarded hotels. One academic said officials trying to keep up with the wired world via blogs was a step in the right direction. 'I have a positive attitude towards these blogs, as this will strengthen information exchange between people and officials, but they should be lenient enough to endure some criticism from netizens,' said Yu Hai , a sociology professor at Fudan University. Beijing tries to maintain strict control over internet content, arresting those who post essays considered a threat to the state. Zhejiang delegate Zheng Xuejun injected more drama into her blog, describing a sleepless night on the eve of the congress. 'It's already 11.20. I am not at all sleepy because tomorrow is the opening day.' But her blog abruptly ended after the meeting started. Mainstream bloggers have taken a more sarcastic tone. As translated on Global Voices Online, a non-profit global citizens' media project, blogger Song Shinan called one media briefing 'the most prearranged press conference in history'. 'There's a very strong scripted feel, much effort was put into rehearsal,' he wrote, watching it live. 'When the close-up camera moved off them, the vast majority of journalists stopped pretending to be taking notes, because they knew there would be a distributed report.' His blog, 'bullog', was not accessible yesterday.