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Can a WordPress.com blog work as a citizens activist tool?

  1. Hi,

    I'd like to create a wordpress.com blog for the purpose of political activism. I'm tired of hearing so many complaints on this issue that I want to do something about but am not sure wordpress.com can do it or if I have to get a stand alone version of wordpress on another domain (I already have 2 stand alone wordpress blogs). I'm also not sure exactly how to do this.

    Problem: people who might have ADHD as an adult (it's 80% genetically inherited) or have a child with it being able to find a Doctor, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist who knows enough about ADHD to actually be able to accurately diagnose ADHD (most havent' been trained adequately).

    WordPress.com Possible Solution: I was thinking of having a wordpress.com blog that allows people who have been diagnosed with ADHD to write in to tell their personal stories (or of their children with ADHD) of what their life was like before getting diagnosed for ADHD and after getting diagnosed and treating or managing it (i.e. medication, ADD coaching, therapy, ADD support groups, lifestyle changes etc)

    So these people could email in their stories to the blog and either their full names or initials and the city they live in. Then I and others could create a post from it in wordpress and people could comment on that post. This way people could here real stories about ADHD from real people with it rather than just "the experts" or some of the reactionary pundits.

    Also this might generate some media coverage and further get the word out there.

    I don't want to have people logging in and trying to learn wordpress to post I want them to email their stories and names and cities and generate a post from that i.e. title of post, name and city/province/country and actual post. Can I do this on wordpress.com and if so how and if not what would be the best way to do it and automate as much of it as possible (hopefully will need to)?

    I'll be doing other things as well but I think this may have the most impact, personal stories.

    thanks

    Pete

  2. Political activism? You can post and write whatever you want on your blog. Just as long as it's not ileagal like child porn.

  3. Sure, go ahead. But, IMHO, you not going to get far.Doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try, however.

    Good luck!

  4. Many blogs are exactly for the purposes you describe - political activism and reaching out to others with similar areas of interest. Securing a readership of people who will leave even brief written comments is by far the most challenging aspect of blogging. Requiring that readers email their personal stories to you may prove to be a barrier to them communicating with you or not, but you'll never know until you try.

  5. Comments are easy to use, so I don't think that's much of a barrier, and there are LOTS of activism journals on WP. The trouble would be that comments don't get teh same display as actual posts. Emailing is better, but it'll be hard to build readership to the point where people will actually email you unless you're attached to a large organization devoted to the issue.

    I read Zamboanga Journal and the Jeddah blog; interesting that Saudi blocks Google in English but leaves it uncensored in all other languages. Plenty of activist and issue oriented sites out there for you to research.

  6. thanks for the encouragement, but maybe I wasn't clear enough. I'm looking to find out how to actually do this technically with WordPress.com

    specifically, I want to know how to get people who've emailed their stories and names and cities and generate a post from that i.e. title of post, name and city/province/country and actual content of the post without them actually having to login to wordpress as a user.

    Can I do this on wordpress.com and if so what would be the best way to do it and automate as much of it as possible (hopefully will need to)?

    thanks

    Pete

  7. Copy and paste.

  8. You could grab a copy of the Multi User software and host it yourself if you wanted as well. Theme sites seem to do well with MU.

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