Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blogging at LGA Labour Spring Conference

I have spent an enjoyable day in London today at the LGA Spring Conference (Labour Group) giving a short presentation about the use of "new media" to aid more traditional forms of campaigning. Whilst I believe that there will never be any substitute for knocking on doors, it is useful to be able to supplement that work with other tools, so I talked about blogging, the benefits, the pitfalls, the hows, whys and wherefores.

I was joined on the platform by Councillor Mark Bennett who talked about his YouTube site where he uploads short videos he has made about issues in his ward - Streatham South in Lambeth and Councillor Stephen Cowan who is the leader of the opposition on Hammersmith and Fulham council. He has also made this fascinating video about the antics of the Tories in this their flagship borough.

I am very enthused about the idea of videos, I must say. If I could learn how to use my mobile phone to make such videos, I think this could be a really great addition to the campaign. So, if you want to offer to show me how to use my phone properly, we could have the show on the road very soon!

It was great to see some old friends at the conference too, a good day all round.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

glad you had a useful time