As I’ve mentioned here on the site before, there’s a big progressive blogging conference that takes place each year called Netroots Nation. Well, this year, it’s scheduled to take place in Providence, and, a few days ago, I got an email from the good folks at Democracy for America encouraging me to apply for one of their scholarships. Well, without giving it much thought, I filled out the online form, and hit submit, thinking that I could always go back and edit it later. Sadly, though, that doesn’t seem to be the case. So, I’ve been debating these past few days as to whether or not I should even mention it here. But, as I need your votes to win, and, as I’d very much like to represent Michigan at the event, I don’t think I have much choice. So, with that in mind, here’s the link to my not-very-good application. Now, please go and vote for me.
So, did you do it? Did you vote for me?
Seriously, I’d really appreciate it if you would. Right now, there’s a high school girl in the lead, and I’d really like to beat her. I’m sure that she’s great, and that she’ll turn out to be an incredible force for good in the world, doing more than I could ever hope to, but she has her whole life ahead of her, whereas this may very well be my last shot. (I hate to play the sympathy card, but I’m pretty much the same age as Andrew Breitbart, and we all know what happened to him.)
So, vote for me, OK?
Oh, and if sympathy doesn’t work, how about appealing to your pure, Libertarian self-interest? If you give me your support, you’ll have me there, at the conference, reporting everything back to you. I’ll be like your own personal Edward R. Murrow… OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I know I could be your Gretchen Carlson, though, if you just gave me a chance.
In all seriousness, even if you don’t vote for me, you should follow that link and vote for a Michigan blogger to attend. This is a great event, and, given the current state of affairs in Michigan, we could really benefit from having a delegation of dedicated people there, learning the ins and outs of online community building, and exploring the new tools we have at our disposal to combat the forces of ignorance and fear on the extreme right.
And I hate to play the guilt card, but I have been staying up late almost every night for the past ten years, writing my ass off for you guys, and it does only take a minute to register your vote.
So, will you do the right thing and vote for me?
update: Thanks, folks. As of right now, I’m number 13, which is pretty respectable, given that about 150 people are in the running. The high school girl is still about 300 votes in front of me, though. So, if you haven’t weighed in yet, please do.