Here's a great piece from Daily Kos.
Louder Than Words
Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 05:40:30 AM PDT
After YearlyKos, with the midterm elections looming and 2008 not too far in the distance, many of you probably wonder, what do we do with all this energy? Well, you have come to the right post!
Some of you are first time readers, maybe even new to blogs. Perhaps you saw or read a story about a bunch of progressive political bloggers invading Las Vegas? We played a big part in that. See my first comment or click here to learn how you can begin to participate in people powered politics.
For the rest, regardless if you've been a lurker or a habitual chatter, we need your input. We had a great convention in Vegas, we generated a lot of buzz. For that to translate into activism and carry on to electoral victories, we all need to exchange ideas about how best to get out from behind our computer screens and into the potential voter's head. Whether you went to YearlyKos or not, several of the YK staff suggested we ask you for two action items. An action item is anything you can do, which could have a positive political effect.
For example, one lady told me she was going to take her daughter's middle school science club to see Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. A convention attendee said they would keep a log of time spent on Kos and vow to spend an equal amount of time between now and the 2008 election at meet ups, phone banking, DNC events, etc. Your two action items/suggestions can be time intensive or something that only takes a few minutes. They can be 'work' or 'fun.' The only criteria is that they be something you think you can do, are willing to commit to trying, or might need some input on.
I know we have plenty of lurkers here, maybe you're busy, or shy, or young, or old. I know we're all psyched up to do something, but not all of us are sure what to do. I invite you to introduce yourself and ask for feedback on any action items you have in mind. The regulars here would love to welcome you, listen to your ideas, provide you with some more if you ask, and underscore how valuable your active participation--and your presence-- is to our cause. And don't worry about hostile reactions from trolls, just ignore them. The regulars and I have very good tools to deal with any nuisances and we're not afraid to use them!
Should anyone need in depth guidance, a YK volunteer, screen name Nelsons (note: see link at Daily Kos), will be reading through the comments. She'll be glad to help you develop a timetable for your action items, organize your effort, or hook you up with other members and/or outside resources that might be able to provide more assistance. You can also contact her directly regarding your action items at firstname.lastname@example.org. # # #
Barbara adds this:
You've probably noticed that we are in the process of updating/upgrading our uplifting site. We need your help!
Please go to the comments link and comment, and/or click the Contributors links to send emails. We need to hear from you about what's good, what's bad and what's ugly at this site.
After our little feelings are not longer hurt, we will converse among ourselves and bust our ample butts to bring you our best blogging efforts.
So this is an invitation to speak your piece. Please and thank you. The End.