There are lots of things in Alabama that need improvement. Why not try to change things here first and hope that will also help with the bigger problems in our nation. After all, if Alabama had more progressive voters, we would have more progressive leaders in time, including the representatives we send to Washington, DC. Like they say, take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.
… There is technology that will allow me to plead and cajole and alert and rant, only at the people who are interested in hearing it. It is called a blog and this one is named Left In Alabama, which is self explanatory. Not only can I do these things, but I can invite my friends to join this blog, which is really a series of conversations, and do the same things.
In time we will be joined by new friends, who also want to make Alabama a better place to work and live. Our progressive community will grow because of our conversations.
Let the conversations begin!
Our subtitle back then was “Join the progressive conversation,” and 9602 posts, 1.4 million visits and 2.7 million pageloads later, progressive conversation — in public, so people can see that yes, there are progressives and liberals in Alabama! — is still the heart of this blog. As the years passed I suspect we have neglected to remind our readers often enough that this is a community blog. Old timers like Piggieheart, Old Prosecutor and Dardango know this, but our more recent readers may not realize we welcome new voices with open arms. Yes, YOU. Think of LIA as your own online printing press.
Of course all bloggers love to see comments on their posts — it's usually the only form of payment we receive — and the give and take, sharing of ideas, and conversation always adds depth to the original post. Nothing warms my heart like a lively comment thread and very little is sadder than a lonely blog post.
But the real bonus of a community blog (and, mind you, we pay extra and deal with extra hassle so there will be a free, progressive, “online printing press” in Alabama) is that anyone can share his or her thoughts here. The posts I love best are the ones where folks (like BoyHowdy) tell us about their conversations with legislators on a particular bill, or someone shares a personal experience that is likely to affect all of us, or tells us about a candidate he or she likes. Have an idea for a better law? Bring it on! Know something other progressives need to hear about? Get on your soapbox and tell us about it! Have you attended a meeting with your legislator? Or a great event? Give legs to that experience by sharing it with a bunch of like-minded people … including people you've never met who will find your story through search engines like Google.. Ditto if you have a great idea of how something ought to be done better … progress, you know. Or know of an upcoming event that would interest like-minded folks.
Thanks to all of you who have joined the conversation over the years — well over 2100 at the blog and more than 3100 on facebook. Most of all, heartfelt thanks to all of you who have participated by writing and sharing your thoughts here. We're stronger and more effective together than we are on our own. Please remember that this is a blog for the Alabama progressive community –and please keep up the forward thinking conversation!
If enough of us persevere, we really can make Alabama a better place to live and work.