Seymour's Purple Mind

Friday, August 12, 2005

I Only Know One Of These Candidates (And She's A Blogger!)

DISTRICT 5 (Greensboro City Council)

I'm more biased about this election than any other.

I've known about Sandy Carmany, probably ever since she was first elected to the council. For at least that long, I've paid attention to local politics.

Until this year, if you'd asked my opinion about Carmany, I would have replied that I was basically neutral.

I can't recall her ever doing anything on the council that offended me.

But nothing made her stand out in a uniquely positive way either.

That changed when Carmany began blogging.

The beautiful thing about her blogging is that she didn't just set up a blog, post a few times, and then do a fading disappearance act.

Carmany posts regularly on her blog.

She visits other people's blogs and sometimes posts comments on theirs as well.

In just a few months, Carmany has turned herself into a living, breathing human being, a far more significant accomplishment than merely serving as an elected official.

Politicians are famous for being these distant, vague figures who supposedly represent the rest of us.

But most of us don't really ever get to know these public servants as fellow human beings.

Carmany has removed the curtain and provided us a glimpse at the wizard.

She's done that simply but beautifully through her blogging.

And that wizard is nothing more, nothing less than herself.

If you want to keep up with city hall, you no longer need the News & Record or the Rhinoceros Times.

Just visit "Sandy's Place," and you're likely to get council coverage that's just as extensive as you'd ever expect to discover through our local media (sometimes more so).

Carmany has become her own medium.

She no longer depends on the previous local media monopoly that had more of a say in how she was portrayed and presented than she did.

Carmany owns her own coverage now.

If she doesn't like the way a topic has been covered, she provides her own coverage.

If a topic hasn't been addressed in the local media, there's a good chance that you can find out about it at Carmany's blog.

She decides what she wants to share and how she's going to go about doing that.

When people comment on her blog, she responds in a timely manner and is fully willing to engage in a conversation with those people who care enough to do so.

And not all of her posts concern city business.

I've gone on vacations with Carmany, just as other visitors to her blog have.

I know details of her existence that don't allow me to forget that she's at heart a fellow human being.

Carmany's blog focuses on her political activity, but it also allows her to share pieces of her personality.

Through her blog, you can gain a sense of knowing Carmany as one of your neighbors.

In a relatively short period of time, she has given our community a clear vision of blogging's powerful potential in politics.

Carmany would stand a good chance of winning re-election even if she did not have a blog.

But blogging has elevated her game to a whole new level.

For me, Carmany represents blogging's positive possibilities at their best.

She would have to explain her own motivations for blogging, but she seems to understand that it allows her to connect and interact more substantially than ever before with more of her constituents.

That's a noble, all-too rarely served purpose in politics.

Blogging allows Carmany to do what so many politicians fail to do: communicate well and often with the people she's been elected and paid to represent.

She is the poster-child for political blogging in our community.

(Among current elected officials in our community, Jeff Thigpen and Tom Phillips also deserve mention as fellow poster-children.)

If they have any hopes of defeating Carmany, Angela Epps Carmichael and Todd Schmidt desperately need to blog.

Carmany's already light-years ahead of them.



  • At Friday, August 12, 2005 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well said. Your letter to the editor on this subject will be printed in Sunday's N&R.

    Doug Clark

  • At Friday, August 12, 2005 12:16:00 PM, Blogger SeymourHardy said…

    Thanks, Doug.

    I'd love to see more of the candidates begin blogging.

    As Ed Cone has pointed out, this is not something the candidates can afford to put off until the last minute.

    Have a great weekend!


  • At Saturday, August 13, 2005 9:39:00 AM, Blogger Sandy Carmany said…

    You've posted a great outline for my "talking points" for my political blogging session at Converge South! [smile] Thanks!

  • At Saturday, August 13, 2005 3:56:00 PM, Blogger SeymourHardy said…


    If it works out, I would definitely enjoy sitting in on that session.

    I have signed up for Converge South and am excited about what I might learn there.

    I really do hope that other elected officials (and candidates) will start to do what you, Diane Davis, Tom Phillips, Ed Whitfield, Don Vaughan, Jeff Thigpen, and Pricey Harrison are already doing.




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