The UK newspaper, The Guardian, suggests today that politicians need to harness the power of blogging. Indeed, the article says “The political party that can harness blogs to its cause is the one that will win the Internet campaigning war.” But it’s more important than that. Politics is losing more than the ability to campaign online. Few young people are interested in politics. Why? Well, the politicians live in a newspaper world, and young people live in an online, interconnected world. That’s why blogging is so important, not just for politicians, but for all organisations trying to connect with younger people. You need to do it via the Internet.
If you are a “big change” business, then you are like my garden fence. Leaving it unpainted for so long has created much more work, at a higher cost, than if it had been tended to every year. Ignoring reviews of your online activity for long periods also means you make more work for yourself and raise your costs.