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I’ve never hesitated to steal good ideas from other advocates.

Take blogging for instance.

Lots of advocates suffer from some form of bloggaphobia; a not always rational Fear of Blogging.  Either they’re afraid of comments by strangers, or how their fellow colleagues will react to their opinions or their writing ability, or just afraid to dip their toe in and post anything at all.

This isn’t true for the staff at Advocates for Youth based in Washington, DC. Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Advocates for Youth boasts not one, not two, but five separate blogs, all of which are updated regularly.

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org

I prefer blogs with multiple links or embedded video.  Here at Voices, we are looking for videos that tell stories about children in need and how children benefit when advocates are successful on their behalf.  If you know of sources for these stories, please send them our way.

In the meantime, here’s a great source for blogging tips to get you started: Blog Tips, Blogging for Nonprofits

http://www.blogtips.org/

And an easy-to-follow Top 10 Tips

http://www.rss-specifications.com/10-tips-for-bloggers.htm

Hope to get a link to your next post soon.

Edward McNally

Voices for Georgia’s Children

Newly elected Speaker David Ralston has set a collaborative and optimistic new tone in assuming leadership of the Georgia House of Representatives. We look forward to working with the Speaker on many issues. He, like us, is focused first and foremost, on the State’s budget situation. At the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs and Issues breakfast today, Speaker Ralston stated that the dire budget situation presents legislators with an opportunity to restructure government and reexamine what the core functions of state government should be.

Focusing on the big picture and not just the crisis at hand is the right idea. But, I hope this doesn’t become only an exercise about shrinking government. Let’s focus on both the business capital and the vital human capital that will be necessary to position Georgia for a prosperous future. Of course, we should evaluate efficiencies and determine where there are too many entities with tiny pieces of programs that would be better managed by consolidation.  We should also continue funding and perhaps even bolster programs that work. By investing programs that have been proven to provide better outcomes for our children, we will create the potential for the renewed prosperity of our state.

As they look towards the future, legislators should ensure that government works better and more transparently for the citizens it serves.  Let’s ensure that all agencies- both in government and the private sector- that serve children, for example, actually have a place to discuss sharing agendas, programs, and resources.  

Who knows? This may even be the time to study the successes that other states have had with  Children’s Cabinets and institute something similar here in Georgia.

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