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Announcing gov20.tumblr.com

This post is about announcing a new project I’ve been working on for the last few weeks.  I’m about to write a roundabout story about why I started a Gov 2.0 tumble log, but if what you really want to know is where this new site is.  It’s at http://gov20.tumblr.com.  You are free to click and go.

I love blogging.  I really do.  So much that I have about 5 or 6 blogs focused on various niches and topics.  From my personal friends and family blog to my Red Sox blog to the blog you are reading right now.  Having worked on various blogs for clients and myself over the past 5 years, I know what it takes to build a robust blog readership and community.  And the truth is I don’t have that amount of time for even one of my blogs, let alone the 5 or 61 sites that I run.

But I do love the medium and I do love participating in the blogosphere’s role in pushing forward a meme.  Every day, I read a post or article on the Internet about which I want to share what I’m thinking, write about, and call attention to.  And every day, I don’t get around to doing that.  And I end with a pile of shortcuts on my computer desktop that stare at me every time I sit at my desk.  Ultimately, that reaches a tipping point and I’m forced to declare a form of blogger bankruptcy by moving a lot of shortcuts into the recycle bin.  Given that not-so-compatible with my life workflow, I’ve  become obsessed with Web curating in recent months.  And as far as I’m concerned, Tumblr2 is the best tool for this. 

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And so I give you Gov 2.0 Tumble log as a companion to this site.  Expect it to be a sort of multimedia link blog on the topics of Government 2.0 and Open Government.  Because I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and work at NASA, you can expect an occasional content slant in that direction.  Mostly, I hope that it can help you soak up all the wonderful progress and evolution taking place in the Gov 2.0 space.


  1. seriously, I’m not actually sure how many blogs I admin or write for 

  2. mainly because of its bookmarklet 

Speaking at the Social Media for Government Conference in Chicago this week

Probably should have mentioned this previously, but this week I’ll be speaking at the Social Media for Government Conference in Chicago.  I’ll be providing a case study on the WordPress blog I created for NASA Ames Research Center in 2007 (screenshot of that is below), including all the cultural, process, and legal barriers the team encountered along the way.1  But I’ll also be speaking about the value of open source community principles as a change agent within government agencies and bureaucracies – a topic I’ll be zeroing in on even more during a talk I’m giving next month at the GOSCON conference in Portland, Oregon.

 

Ames center.arc.nasa.gov blog screenshot built with WordPress


  1. This is a case study I’ve been wanting to share for a few years.  

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