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Back in the loop

March 11, 2010 1 comment

I know its been quite a long time, but fear not–I haven’t gone away. I’ve quite rather enjoyed my little sabbatical away, but I feel its time to write (and film) again. Political season is gearing back up, so check back here in the next few days for more political posts. I’ve got thoughts on other issues too, but again, I need to write once more, so check for all that.

Coming up soon: Video from the Lincoln Day Dinner in Shenandoah County, and (possibly) film from the next County Republican Women’s meeting, as well as plenty of news about upcoming inter-party and local political fights, and the occasional thought on teaching.

Change is a-comin’

I have hinted at this for a while, but my employment status has changed and thus will also be changing this blog. 

I have accepted a job offer from the Republican National Committee to serve as field representative for the Shenandoah Valley during the upcoming general election. In this capacity I will be responsible for motivating voters for the Republican ticket and mobilizing the grassroots volunteers to do so. Because of the nature of the job, I’ve decided to change the focus of this blog. In my capacity I’ll be doing alot of work in the field, and via the written word, photos, and video, I hope to bring you a glimpse of the campaign that is often underreported in the media–the grassroots. I won’t be commenting as much on issues of the day, the challenges our party faces, or on the “horse race” aspects of the primary campaigns. However, I do want to keep this blog up as a place for me to use during hiatuses as well as to provide a creative outlet for me during the campaign, so expect more book reviews and personal musings. I’ll also still try to bring you the big news from the Governor and Delegates races. For now, however, my focus is on electing our entire Republican team in the Valley, and I hope to bring you a unique perspective on that during the coming weeks and months. Don’t expect nearly as frequent posts, but I hope to bring you something at least once a week. 

Thanks to those of you who have spent a little bit of time reading my thoughts on politics, and particularly to those of you who have challenged me. I like to think I’ve demonstrated what can be done on a local level with a blog such as this and provided some pithy thoughts on the big picture issues along the way. 

Thanks again, and I’ll be seeing you on the trail.

A Day of Two Firsts

I just wanted to toot my own horn for a second and note that 1) last week (Monday through today) was the busiest I’ve ever had here on the blog, with a daily average of 86 hits and 2) that I have passed 5,000 hits! I hope that those of you who are regular visitors will continue your patronage and tell your friends about the blog.

This blog, it is a-changin’

So, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, be it via a daily visit or an RSS reader, you’ve probably noticed quite a slow-down in my posting schedule. The big reason for that is that I’ve been actively in the job hunt and doing some freelance work. During this time I’ve considered a retooling of the blog. I’ll reveal more about my work status later, but needless to say it will alter the direction of the blog. 

So, several big announcements:

1) The Big O Show has been cancelled. Sorry for anyone who may have been a fan, but the show, when done right, was simply too time and labor intensive, and when I wasn’t able to put effort into it, well, it was somewhat of a mess. Because it doesn’t lend itself to the sort of topics I’d like to discuss and because, frankly, it didn’t work as a two way street, it goes.

2) The focus on my posts will shift towards Virginia and National issues, with less focus on local issues. There will still be highlights and coverage of local Republican grassroots action, but my focus isn’t on internecine conflict right now. Also, I didn’t see the sort of give and take I’d like on these issues that have divided the Committee. If there isn’t a willingness to discuss this, then I’m not going to provide the public forum. Expect some final words on this relatively soon. 

3) Expect less coverage commentary of intraparty conflict. There’s always going to be an interest in this, and a time for it. However, that’s not my focus right now. Oh, I’ll continue to watch it, but again, I don’t want to provide the forum for it. EDIT: I’ll continue to watch inter-party races, but from (hopefully) an objective place. 

4) Expect more multi-media coverage of party events–video and pictures, namely. 

There ya have it. Questions, comments, complaints? Leave it in the comments.