Don’t be a blogger.

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A word to the wise to be wise with your words.

You should really be careful what you post online.

In some ways it’s worked out for me. Two Canadian Blogging Awards later (2012, 2013, for political blogging no less), a lot of good work encouraging people to get involved in their democracy, and more, it has had its positive moments. I also now type this from our nation’s capital, and one piece of the puzzle that put me here was my writing.

However, in other ways it hasn’t been in my best interest.

If you’re a young politico or a blogger-to-be, take heed.

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I am slowly coming to the end of my vacation – a serene two weeks of respite and quiet. And the first in seven years.

Between university, politics, work, and campaigns, it has been a bit of a whirlwind. Graduating from university, two national blogging awards, to Judy Hehr’s CBE win (67%), working for Kent Hehr in his role as a provincial representative, and then Kent’s run for federal office (46.5%) – it has been quite the journey. Now, if you believe the papers, Kent is a cabinet minister. Huh.

Definitely a bit of a whirlwind.

Anyways, these past two weeks I’ve taken time to think about the people I’ve met, the work that has enriched both my life and others’, and I’ve begun to look a little more about future projects. And there are some amazing things happening in the next couple of years. I am excited for what is to come.

I’ve also taken the last two weeks to spend some time on myself.

First, I went to Chicago for a conference on digital campaign tools – learning and confirming lessons that I can apply to these new projects.

Next, I did something I’ve thought about for a while: correcting my eyesight with Lasik surgery. I’m going to be off of antibiotics in the next day or so, and the procedure seems to have taken wonderfully. I can see things without my glasses, and better than with my specs. To boot, it’s likely to even get better as the swelling goes down.

All in all, I spent time with friends, went abroad, and spent some time recouping post-surgery. It was a good rest.

That one time Justin Trudeau read my blog…

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Just after the 2011 election I penned a blog post. It was in the darkest days after the worst election the Liberals fought in modern history. It was just after Michael Ignatieff resigned, and at a time the once proud Liberal caucus was whittled down to a 30-member rump. Pundits across Canada were declaring the party over, the fate of its organizers sealed, and widely trumpeting the death of the Liberal Party of Canada.


Here is the post below that I wrote in response to some of the criticism I received on another blog post talking about how to rebuild the party. If there’s interest I’ll post that as well.

Here is that second post that Prime Minister Trudeau was kind enough to share. Continue reading