I’ve got good news and bad news.
The good news is that my work with the Democrats Abroad UK executive committee is likely to bring about some positive change in their website and the way that DA-UK members use it to coordinate their activities. Hopefully as time goes by we can work on the DA parent website as well and work on unifying the look and feel of the websites across the different countries. We will also be working on improving the way that DA-UK members communicate with each other.
The bad news is that I cannot commit to doing a good job for them and continue to maintain this site as well. Therefore, I will not be adding any new posts to this site from today (barring any exceptional circumstances). I will leave the site up and running so that you can go back and review old posts, and the comments section will remain open on all posts, but I will not be adding any new content.
I thought long and hard about this decision, and it basically came down to two factors: time and relevance.
Firstly, with what looks like a large time commitment to DA-UK, this website would only be getting the leftovers, so to speak, and that isn’t fair on you the audience.
Secondly, I feel that now that Bush has won, this website can only snipe from the sidelines, and it could start to come off as sour grapes. There are plenty of other blogs out there calling the Bush administration out on its missteps and miscarriages, and doing a better job of it to boot.
I am proud of what we achieved with this site and the work that everyone has done, but I am also conscious that this site was symptomatic of a larger issue during this election: the belief that being anti- something is as good as being pro-something else. We of the Anyone But Bush brigade were so focused on getting Bush out that we forgot to tell people what we were going to replace him with. We lost the initiative trying to tell people what we were against rather than what we stood for.
That’s why I believe my work for Democrats Abroad will, in the end, have a better chance of helping us get back in the driver’s seat next time round. I will be helping to get the message out that we are “for the good guys” and not just “against the bad guys”. That is our only shot at taking back the initiative and, ultimately, the country.
I want to leave you all with my sincerest thanks to everyone who has come along for the ride, everyone who has read along, everyone who has posted thousands upon thousands of comments (yes even you right wingers :) ) and especially to everyone that’s helped out over the last year-and-a-bit. You know who you are, and to the UK folks, well, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me in the flesh.
Thank you all again,
Tuesday, January 04, 2005