Listen up: you are hereby granted permission to write imperfectly. You are hereby granted permission to write clunkers. You are hereby granted permission to write posts that you don’t think are finished, and push publish anyway.
Of course, those rules (or lack of them) have always applied to bloggers. Some — journalists in particular — routinely accuse bloggers of over-exercising those rights. I suggest I’m a bit more neurotic about my writing than the average blogger which probably explains why, as my friend Bob Goyetche pointed out, an automatic assessment tool has determined “markblevis.com is probably written by a male somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is academic and happy most of the time.”
Chris’ post reminded me that I should be using more free writing (as taught in The Artist’s Way) in my blog. So… I haven’t planned this post beyond knowing the pieces I want to include (not how) and I won’t be proofing this post before I publish it. Let the comments begin.
My hope is this re-adopted freedom will help me, finally, put out a decent list of blogs worth following that tie together the interests of politics/public affairs and digital communication. My apologies to my work colleagues to whom I offered this list would be available last Friday.
Most of the blogs I follow are about digital communication and social media, and I apply the ideas to public affairs and politics. Among those I follow most closely is Dave Fleet, Mitch Joel, Chris Penn and Brian Solis. For thoughts on public affairs and politics I follow D2D Campaign Solutions (a new blog), Spartakan and Walter Robinson (both have been quiet lately), Warren Kinsella and a slew of Canadian political journalists. Campaigns and Elections magazine also has a lot of valuable information about the changing suite of tools used by campaigns and politicians — though they don’t publish anything to RSS.
I also have an elaborate Google alert to monitor for conversations about digital/social media and politics. Like most searches, it comes with a bit of noise I have to filter out. However, it the results allow me to find targeted results that appear on blogs or online news sites not otherwise specializing in this niche.
Which blogs do you recommend?