By Zach Foster
The New Year is upon us! We’re well aware of this as we all hustle to our jobs and continue the effort to keep ourselves grounded and stable, accomplishing the things we all want to achieve. I have my own goals for my personal and professional life. While our personal goals are ours alone to understand and appreciate, it is those professional goals we can be publicly proud of, having the rewarding experience of accomplishing goals and showing your fellow people that you have contributed to society.
I have set goals for the Political Spectrum and they have been met. In just three short weeks of operation the Political Spectrum blog has had well over a hundred articles posted and nearly a thousand views. My professional profile on Facebook has attracted over 100 friends who are interested in joining the effort to bring balanced politics to Facebook and Americans all over the Internet. The Political Spectrum Twitter account (twitter.com/RightCenterLeft) has well over 1,000 followers and the Tumblr account (politicalspectrum.tumblr.com) is going strong. Not bad for a small, fledgling project not even a month old!
The reason the Political Spectrum has attracted all these people (aside from producing quality political news and articles, of course!) is the unique trait that this project is where everyone’s voice is actually being heard. I guarantee you (and most people have seen already) that among the groups with a voice on political-spectrum.blogspot.com are Socialists, Libertarians, Independents, Republicans, Democrats, Constitutionalists, Greens, and many more! Furthermore, these groups will continue to be given a platform for them to have their say as long as the Political Spectrum is in existence. Any other groups or individuals with a voice to be heard are more than welcome to come join the Political Spectrum in its Great Experiment of balanced politics and equal representation in this crazy, polarized world.
Now let us set new goals for the Political Spectrum. Let us turn those 100 Facebook friends into 1,000. Let’s make those 1,000 page views 20,000, so that more people are seeing how people like YOU are FINALLY having their voice heard. Let’s have people subscribing to us via RSS. Let’s turn those 1,000 Twitter followers into 5,000, and let’s boost up the Tumblr account by encouraging all those with accounts to add the Political Spectrum. Let’s double the amount of groups with a voice on the site. Let’s establish a YouTube account where I’ll post videos answering inquiries by curious and enthusiastic readers, and where readers can submit their own videos. Perhaps we could even do podcasts for readers to also become listeners. Let’s make it so that the Political Spectrum is no longer simply a blog or website, but rather a sophisticated network.
My friends and readers, this is already beginning! The goals are very noble, but these are things that I as a writer and political analyst cannot do alone. I need you all to take an active part in this Great Experiment. Tell your friends about the Political Spectrum. Show people that your voice is being heard and respected by all sides. Let’s make these goals a reality!
I feel honored to have you on board. Let’s make 2011 a wonderful, happy, and productive year. I’ll be with you every step of the way.