For all my years working with the web, I’ve never consistently blogged, but fortunately, that’s about to change. That’s because I’m about to embark on an amazing new opportunity that has inspired me to write about the daily happenings in my life for my friends and family.
Tomorrow, I’ll be traveling to Tirana, the capital of Albania (the country just north of Greece), to work on the online operations for the parliamentary elections at the end of June 2009. This is really my first time overseas, unless you count my short stint on a Caribbean cruise after the 2008 election, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing new culture, cuisine, people and places, but also learning about political campaigning and public policy in another part of the world.
The most exciting part is that I’m coming in with a blank slate, which means there is endless potential for the campaign’s online efforts. The eternal optimist in me hopes that we can encourage more civic engagement and maybe even foster a new relationship between online citizens, their government and political parties. But even if we only reach half the potential for use of the web in this campaign, it will at least cause those in the political process to think about their future political campaigns in a whole new light.
I’ll be blogging about my experiences in Albania, new media techniques, Florida politics, technology policy and much, much more! Feel free to leave a comment, as well as follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for your support!