The Lords Are Blogging

Commenter Krishna alerted me to the fact that Members of the House of Lords are blogging!

The aim of the blog is to help educate, raise awareness and engage with the public on a range of issues relating to the role and business of the House of Lords.

The blog is authored by a group of Members from across the House. Each Member has their own profile and personal section of the blog. A ‘homepage’ provides an at-a-glance digest of the latest post from each Member.

The experiment is being run by the Hansard Society – an independent, political research and education charity based in the UK. Their stated goal is to “strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics.”

It seems that right now, about eleven Members are blogging and there is an open invitation on the blog for any interested Members to contact the Hansard Society to participate – further reinforcing that this wasn’t mandated but rather a little skunkworks experiment (that and the fact that it a WordPress.com blog!)

This is such a brilliant idea. For example, you can read about how Lord Taylor met with Barack Obama three years ago or read an overview of the debate the House of Lords had on the prevailing economic situation.

There’s a lot of talk about how companies should blog and have open conversations with their customers. How excellent would it be if the politicians we have elected to represent us start blogging? A blog for the House and the Senate? They should look to their colleagues across the pond for guidance.

  • sometime back Mylapore MLA S Ve Sekhar was blogging. Not sure if he is still blogging actively.

    Ohh BTW I see that you have taken the “notify me follow up comments” plugin. Like that very much to follow up on new comments.

  • sometime back Mylapore MLA S Ve Sekhar was blogging. Not sure if he is still blogging actively.

    Ohh BTW I see that you have taken the “notify me follow up comments” plugin. Like that very much to follow up on new comments.

  • sometime back Mylapore MLA S Ve Sekhar was blogging. Not sure if he is still blogging actively.

    Ohh BTW I see that you have taken the “notify me follow up comments” plugin. Like that very much to follow up on new comments.

  • Interesting. Let me know if you have a link to his blog.

    The issue is that I'm using Disqus as the comment system now and that supersedes the “subscribe to comments” plugin. I think right now you get an email if someone replies to you and you can subscribe to the thread in RSS – see the options button at the top of the comments section of the post.

    I think Disqus is planning on adding email subscription too. Will keep you posted when they do.

  • Interesting. Let me know if you have a link to his blog.

    The issue is that I'm using Disqus as the comment system now and that supersedes the “subscribe to comments” plugin. I think right now you get an email if someone replies to you and you can subscribe to the thread in RSS – see the options button at the top of the comments section of the post.

    I think Disqus is planning on adding email subscription too. Will keep you posted when they do.

  • Interesting. Let me know if you have a link to his blog.

    The issue is that I'm using Disqus as the comment system now and that supersedes the “subscribe to comments” plugin. I think right now you get an email if someone replies to you and you can subscribe to the thread in RSS – see the options button at the top of the comments section of the post.

    I think Disqus is planning on adding email subscription too. Will keep you posted when they do.

  • sometime back Mylapore MLA S Ve Sekhar was blogging. Not sure if he is still blogging actively.

    Ohh BTW I see that you have taken the “notify me follow up comments” plugin. Like that very much to follow up on new comments.

  • Interesting. Let me know if you have a link to his blog.

    The issue is that I’m using Disqus as the comment system now and that supersedes the “subscribe to comments” plugin. I think right now you get an email if someone replies to you and you can subscribe to the thread in RSS – see the options button at the top of the comments section of the post.

    I think Disqus is planning on adding email subscription too. Will keep you posted when they do.

  • fully expect and hope that Obama will be blogging right away.

    note: former Japanese Prime Minister maintained an email news letter / webzine that had over 1M subscribers, and was published regularly (weekly/monthly) for almost 5 years, see:
    http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/m-magazine/back
    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/17/world/f

  • fully expect and hope that Obama will be blogging right away.

    note: former Japanese Prime Minister maintained an email news letter / webzine that had over 1M subscribers, and was published regularly (weekly/monthly) for almost 5 years, see:
    http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/m-magazine/back
    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/17/world/f

  • fully expect and hope that Obama will be blogging right away.

    note: former Japanese Prime Minister maintained an email news letter / webzine that had over 1M subscribers, and was published regularly (weekly/monthly) for almost 5 years, see:
    http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/m-magazine/back
    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/17/world/f

  • fully expect and hope that Obama will be blogging right away.

    note: former Japanese Prime Minister maintained an email news letter / webzine that had over 1M subscribers, and was published regularly (weekly/monthly) for almost 5 years, see:
    http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/m-magazine/backnumber/koizumi/2006/0921.html
    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/sep/17/world/fg-koizumi17

  • Interesting. Written in third person though… and seems more like PR to his constituents than an active engagement. But it is a good first step.

    The Lords are actually replying to comments themselves 🙂 Pretty impressive…

  • Interesting. Written in third person though… and seems more like PR to his constituents than an active engagement. But it is a good first step.

    The Lords are actually replying to comments themselves 🙂 Pretty impressive…

  • Interesting. Written in third person though… and seems more like PR to his constituents than an active engagement. But it is a good first step.

    The Lords are actually replying to comments themselves 🙂 Pretty impressive…

  • Interesting. Especially the folksy touch. Impressive that he wrote all the missives himself. Unlike our Barack twitterer…

    I do hope Obama blogs, but wouldn't it just be an e-version of whatever the President does every week? I think the weekly radio address?

    It is unrealistic to expect the POTUS or any leader of a country to respond to blog comments, but it would be interesting if his policy team used a blog to engage with voters.

    Either way, I think the Lords have made a great step forward. And I think Obama and his team are the most connected team yet – his victory night photos are on Flickr, he wears a blackberry on his belt, and he has a twitter account!

  • Like the folksy touch. Impressive that he wrote all the missives himself. Unlike our Barack twitterer…

    I do hope Obama blogs, but wouldn't it just be an e-version of whatever the President does every week? I think the weekly radio address?

    It is unrealistic to expect the POTUS or any leader of a country to respond to blog comments, but it would be interesting if his policy team used a blog to engage with voters.

    Either way, I think the Lords have made a great step forward. And I think Obama and his team are the most connected team yet – his victory night photos are on Flickr, he wears a blackberry on his belt, and he has a twitter account!

  • Like the folksy touch. Impressive that he wrote all the missives himself. Unlike our Barack twitterer…

    I do hope Obama blogs, but wouldn't it just be an e-version of whatever the President does every week? I think the weekly radio address?

    It is unrealistic to expect the POTUS or any leader of a country to respond to blog comments, but it would be interesting if his policy team used a blog to engage with voters.

    Either way, I think the Lords have made a great step forward. And I think Obama and his team are the most connected team yet – his victory night photos are on Flickr, he wears a blackberry on his belt, and he has a twitter account!

  • Interesting. Written in third person though… and seems more like PR to his constituents than an active engagement. But it is a good first step.

    The Lords are actually replying to comments themselves 🙂 Pretty impressive…

  • Like the folksy touch. Impressive that he wrote all the missives himself. Unlike our Barack twitterer…

    I do hope Obama blogs, but wouldn’t it just be an e-version of whatever the President does every week? I think the weekly radio address?

    It is unrealistic to expect the POTUS or any leader of a country to respond to blog comments, but it would be interesting if his policy team used a blog to engage with voters.

    Either way, I think the Lords have made a great step forward. And I think Obama and his team are the most connected team yet – his victory night photos are on Flickr, he wears a blackberry on his belt, and he has a twitter account!

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