The excitement and buzz from today’s special morning tea event has extended itself into the glorious sun rays of the early afternoon.
It’s truly amazing what experiences we come across through blogging.
A little while ago, after having a casual chat about my blog and handing over a business card, an acquaintance (who I met through my running group last year) told me that she was planning to run for local council. She asked if I would be interested in helping her with the new media/marketing strategy side of her month long campaign.
Um, sure…why not ?
And while it’s all freelance and under voluntary basis, there have been a helluva lotta learnings.
Politics isn’t for everyone. Least of all me. First of all, we’ve only lived in our neighbourhood for 3 years. I didn’t know who was my mayor (let alone care) and as far as involvement with my council? Pfft.
I grumble at the unforgiving rules of the library that charged me a small fortune for overdue and subsequently, lost children’s books.
60 bucks for Maisy Mouse ?!! Seriously ??!
I get peeved off at the lack of parking facilities near our playgrounds as they’ve all been taken over by huge tourist buses offloading their over-eager (and overstaying) tourists.
Hey, I’m the resident…why don’t I get first dibs???
You know just little stuff. But ants-crawling-under-the-skin annoying.
In helping raise awareness of her independent party’s blog, Twitter and Facebook presence, I’ve grown to understand a whole range of issues that my friend’s passionately fight for, like the protection of local historical sites and better commuting and transport facilities.
She also wrote a powerful opinion piece in the SMH about the lack of representation and respect for women in local politics. (Well, seeing how our own Ms Prime Minister is treated, let’s agree it’s at federal level too).
The more I see, the more I’m inspired.
It’s been fascinating to not partake in the actual content creation, yet to be directly involved in how it’s disbursed throughout the immediate community.
Surprisingly, it seems that local politics does have the potential for your voice to be heard.
Okay, now that’s cool.
There is, however, one final confession. Having being asked to participate in something that’s (locally) extremely important has been a huge stroke to the ego (ahems).
It’s nice to have been given the trust; that my opinions and qualifications count in something as vital as someone’s representation in the public life.
She’s even introduced me to her peers and potential voters as the party’s Social Media Manager.
Hey, that’s even cooler.
At morning tea, one of the attendees came up and said, (insert pompous, posh voice) “Aren’t you her ‘web-site’ lady?”
Well, yes. Yes, I am.
Elections are on this Saturday and I know my friend’s tenacity will make sure she fights to the very end. As part of her campaigning team, I’m earnestly hoping voters will see that she’s the right person for the job.
And this is why I love blogging; the serendipity that can lead to a rare, exciting opportunity that you would have otherwise, never stumbled upon.
What unexpected adventures has blogging taken you on?
Joining Jess for IBOT