The Many Many Reasons to Attend The White House Project Workshop at BlogHer '10

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Why do I blog?

I started to mull over this question when I began preparations for the upcoming White House Project Workshop at BlogHer '10 on August 5 (spots are filling up quickly, please click here for more information and to sign up!). This workshop is designed to help women bloggers with political and public policy interests take their leadership one step further, and to help them explore opportunities for leadership in the public sector.

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I have a long laundry list of why blogging is such an important tool for candidates and community organizers. In fact, it is surprising to me that more women do not take advantage of such an accessible, quick, and free coalition-building tool. Blogging is an invaluable resource that is untapped by so many women whom I have come into contact with through the many White House Project Trainings; women who have a message to share, and a desire to enact change, yet do not have a starting point.

I blog on Huffington Post, The White House Project Leaders Network and the On Leadership Forum at The Washington Post. Blogging is a way to reach other women who share the same beliefs as you do. It is a way to communicate your goals, whether they are personal or political. It is a way to maximize your constituency.

And most of all, it is a way to get your message out in the world. I don’t think I'd be overreaching to say that many women legislators wish they had had the ability to blog at the outset of their careers; imagine how much easier it would have been a decade ago to advance political ambitions simply by logging into a website, let's say BlogHer, and typing away. Well, guess what ladies, you DO have the ability to tell the world what you believe in. All you have to do is blog!

The upcoming workshop is only the first step in your journey to get your voice heard. Lucky for me, I can follow you along the way -- if you blog about it, that is. And if you attend the conference, I look forward to meeting you in person to hear about how blogging has helped to launch or advance your goals in public service.

Marie Wilson

President and Founder, The White House Project


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