Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Ignore the blogs at your own peril"

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Originally uploaded by Travelin' Librarian.
Interesting... I followed the breadcrumbs left by my fellow bloggers here in the Commonwealth to Olympia Meola article, Politicians are casting the Net to catch votes, in the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Online campaigning has surged on the national level in recent years and is poised to be a major force in the 2007 local and state elections. In Virginia, candidates are uploading pictures and scanning networking sites as bloggers field requests from hopefuls wanting a higher profile online.

McGuire calls his online efforts a bonus to supplement traditional campaigning because "this is untapped. I don't know the outcome of this."

Whatever effect it has, you're going to see more of it this year.
More, I'm thinking. My word, can I handle more?
Blogs and other Internet sites will continue to be a force in politics because they can provide live, blow-by-blow coverage, take campaign contributions, run interviews with any number of primary contenders and post lots of user-generated content. But unlike mainstream media, there is virtually no filtering system.
Filtering. Not likely. Even the staff bloggers, think the John Edwards blogging fiasco, sometimes don't filter.
[Lowell Feld, who blogs for Raising Kaine and worked as netroots and online fundraising coordinator for Democrat Jim Webb's successful U.S. Senate campaign,] can recall few state political blogs in 2005. Now the list comes in around 150. As their appeal broadens, they will contribute to a more informed and in-tune voter base, suggests [Jesse Ferguson, political director for House Democratic Caucus Chairman Brian J. Moran of Alexandria, a potential 2009 gubernatorial candidate].

"And that's going to force every politician to reach out in that medium. You can't afford not to," Ferguson said. "It really comes down to whether you want to be a candidate of the past or a candidate of the future."
The future baby, the future.
"Everyone and their brothers are trying to get experienced bloggers on their staff," said Shaun Kenney, communications director for the Republican Party of Virginia, who until recently also blogged about state politics. "It's almost the new cause célèbre."
Wait! Stop the presses. I blogged for a candidate back in 2005; see Blog for Patlak : Patlak for Congress. Okay, it was in a different state. And it was only for a primary. And it was short-lived. And he lost.

But I was there, blogging, cutting edge. And, yes, I likely have much to learn. But I'm cutting edge.

Now, who'd going to give me a job blogging for their candidate, Mr. Kenney? Nobody has yet been knocking at my door, so I either I suck or everybody and there brother isn't really looking for staff bloggers. Too many Amanda Marcottes and Melissa McEwans out there, I guess.

In the mean time, ever hopeful, I stand by waiting for the call.

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