Blogging Pols: Mayor Williams Tries

A couple of weeks ago I pointed to politicians’ efforts at using blogs and Flickr.

My schtick on public officials’ use of blogs is that tis better not to do it than to do it wrong. Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, D.C. (or his communications person) seems to get it. Last month, he re-committed himself to blogging with this post:

Over the last five or so months I’ve essentially killed this blog. I know that. I recognize that I’m attempting a resurrection here. But we’ve got big issues to discuss and this is an important forum to air them. What could be bigger than education, public safety, baseball, the proposed new hospital?

Come on folks. It takes two people to have a conversation. We need your contribution. Now!

As Frank Ahrens pointed out today, we are early in the day of the blog and we’re all trying to make sense of it:

There’s been some recent chatter about whether we’re entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we’re only in the late morning. Noon, at the latest….Some Internet experts fear that young bloggers don’t fully grasp the public nature of all the information they are disclosing. Things that seem cool and fun to write about when you’re 23 — a weekend bender, a bacchanalian ski trip — can digitally live forever and follow you into adulthood.


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