Monday, May 14, 2012

Explaining COALM and blogging hiatuses

So, I haven't posted in a few months, almost 6 to be exact. I don't believe that this is the end of my blogging adventure. I take hiatuses for various reasons, personal, content, even then I have 10 different unfinished posts in the past 12 months that I feel are not up to the level of quality that I consider worth of writing.

When I first started writing, I was inspired by Hunter S Thompson, and his novels and stories about American election campaign, written in a cutting fashion, with bourbon soaked stories about George McGovern. I needed a creative outlet, and since around 2006, this has been my political creative outlet. I haven't read any of Hunters work in a number of years, but I feel that its style, cutting, smart, no bs is the best way to write a blog. His books on the campaign trail are by far the best I have ever read on the subject, and I think Fear and Loathing on the Campaign trail is a book every politico should read.


Sometime in 2007, I forgot that, and it became a blog of political talking points, mishmash, and various information I was fed from various sources. I also started to develop a profile as a blogger. There was times where I met members of the national media, who I actually seldom read, who were familiar with this site (I actually read the sports section first). It was flattering, but it also played into the more maverick side of the blog. This went to my head just a bit, in that time period I would write some pretty inflammatory stuff, but the odd part was who it would inflame. I often was delving into internal fratricidal, which I enjoyed at the time, but in reality isn't very big news in the grand scheme of things. I also think that doing gotcha pieces didn't help my writing. My best pieces always have been personal ideas, and cutting commentary that came right from my head.

I'm not your typical blogger, I have a job outside of politics, and hobbies that do not mesh with the blogger and their inherent ability to bitch and moan constantly. Whether its about something in the Internal party or the evil Federal Government; and their various vindictive, caveman decisions that we can only complain about due to their 38% majority. That was a run on sentence, but it got the point across.

So where am I going with this? That is a good question, and I don't have an answer to it. But unlike some of my peers, and their decisions to erase their websites, and hide their content I am not going to ever retire. I enjoy writing, and I will always enjoy publishing posts on here when I feel like it. So don't press the refresh button, Its just going to disappoint you.
-@COALM

Friday, January 13, 2012

Opening Remarks of 2012 Biennial Convention

In an interesting twist of events, Bob Rae goes off the cuff, and totally disregards his prepared remarks. I had a chance to read his prepared remarks and they were a bit different then what he ended up saying. He gives a passionate speech that defended the party and our history and future.

I will be making an appearance on the webcast around 2pm, doing a panel style interview on http://convention.liberal.ca/ Take a look.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Live Blogging from Biennial

As of tomorrow morning, I will be liveblogging sessions from Biennial. I will only be live blogging the sessions that are available to the media. I don't feel like exposing any party secrets to everyone.