Hafa Adai Saipan Bloggers!
I can't believe how many people on our island have started blogs in the last three weeks! I would like to think that Walt Goodridge, the We Love Saipan Network, and I had something to do with it, but it was only a matter of time before the people on this island joined the people on the mainland (and Deece and Mona) as bloggers.
I've been reading all of your blogs and it looks like a lot of you have a lot of really good ideas and most of you are off to a great start. I was wondering if some you would be interested in getting together at a coffee shop once a month to talk about blogging stuff. We could help each other with our formats, share ideas for posts, trade links, or simply sit around and email each other without making eye contact...or we could just drink coffee.
How about next Wednesday night at 7 PM at Java Joes? Interested? Even if you don't have a blog yet, you can still show up and we will help you get a blog going. If this sounds like a good idea, please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post and then please repost our "Blogger Meetup" time, date, and location on your blog.
If this sounds like a bad idea, just tell me to move back to Japan.
P.S. Just to prove to some of you the power of blogging, I posted my "Open Letter to the US Senate" before going to bed on Tuesday. On Wednesday it was discovered by David Cohen, who passed it around to some people and posted it as a comment on Daily Kos. On Thursday, Dengre, a Diarist for Daily Kos, quoted my post on one of his posts.
Daily Kos is the best liberal website out there, gets about 500,000 hits per day, and up until my post, there was very little positive written on it about the CNMI. Read some of the comments on both of those posts (linked in the previous blog entry) to see how my simple blog post, along with Tina Sablan's "Call to Action" and the discussion that Dengre had with David Cohen, has shifted the conversation about the CNMI.
We've created hope. In creating hope, we've created the potential for change.