Looking for Speaking Opportunities

I’m interested in speaking in front of any group, political or business oriented, on techniques for using the web, email, and social media effectively. For Democratic groups and clubs, I can also give a tutorial on the free services available through BlueBroward for promoting campaigns, causes, and events.

I don’t deny that there is some self-promotional aspect to this, as I’m looking for consulting work. But I’m also good for some free advice, based on my consulting experience, campaign experience, volunteer projects, and my writing for Forbes.com, Internet World, and Baseline Magazine.

Advertising and Paying the Bills

I just reactivated the Google ads that appear on BlueBroward.org, and immediately up popped ads to vote for Rick Scott and Jeff Greene.

Rick Scott ad
Yikes! Cheek to Jowl with Rick Scott

This is through the Google Adsense program, which is supposed to match advertisements with relevant comment. Apparently the software figured out this was a political site pretty quickly, but not necessarily what partisan frequency it’s on.

Mismatch or not, the ads will remain, for now as I need to try to raise a little money to cover the cost of the email broadcast service I’m using and a few other expenses. BlueBroward isn’t a moneymaking venture, but I don’t want to lose money on it, either. This kind of advertising doesn’t necessarily bring in a lot of money, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. Also open to a sponsorship for the BlueBroward Sunday email – although I would prefer to sell it to a business, rather than a campaign.

After mulling it over, I decided to move the ads to the bottom of the page so they wouldn’t be quite as prominent (and I wouldn’t have to look at Rick Scott’s bald head popping up right next to my face).

Meanwhile, feel free to click on Jeff Greene and Rick Scott ads to drain some dollars from their campaign accounts. Just don’t vote for those guys.

Support Dan Gelber for Attorney General

Florida is facing serious challenges in the coming years:  cracking down on public corruption, ending the proliferation of pill mills, going after con artists who prey on seniors, putting criminals and street gangs behind bars, fighting mortgage fraud and taking on BP.  Florida’s next Attorney General will be responsible for all of these, and there is only one Democratic candidate with the broad legal experience to meet these challenges: Dan Gelber.

Dan was born into a family of public service – his father was a prosecutor and judge, and his mother was a public school teacher.  After graduating from law school, Dan followed the path of public service and was appointed one of the youngest Federal prosecutors in America.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly a decade and managed hundreds of attorneys in the Miami office while prosecuting thousands of cases – the only Democratic candidate with actual jury trial experience and management experience.

Later, Dan served as Chief Counsel in the U.S. Senate’s investigations committee, tracking down international terrorist networks all over the world.  He investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, the Atlanta Olympic bombing and the Japanese subway attacks, among other cases.

In the Legislature, Dan spent eight years in the Florida House, including a term as the House Democratic Leader where he fought for Democratic principles as one of the most effective Minority Leaders ever.  Shortly after 9/11, he was chosen by the Republican leadership to write most of Florida’s domestic security and terrorism laws.  He is currently a State Senator representing Miami-Dade and parts of Broward County.

Dan has been endorsed by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, every Democratic State Attorney who has endorsed, the Broward Teachers Union and many others.

10 out of 10 newspapers statewide – a clean sweep – have endorsed Dan, saying:

  • “Sen. Dan Gelber…however, has stronger legal credentials and record of leadership” (Sun-Sentinel)
  • “[Gelber] is the most qualified Attorney General candidate in some time” (Pensacola News Journal)
  • “Gelber’s breadth of legal experience and superior leadership skills make him the better choice for the state’s top legal job” (St. Petersburg Times)
  • “We give Gelber an edge because of his extensive experience and leadership roles as a prosecutor and legislator” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
  • “Sen. Gelber looks more like Attorney General material than Sen. Aronberg” (Palm Beach Post)

The under-the-radar race for Attorney General is one of Florida’s most important, given the challenges we face.  Experience matters, and I strongly encourage you, as Broward activists, leaders and voters, to consider my good friend Dan Gelber as your choice for Florida’s next Attorney General.  Check out www.DanGelber.com for more details.

The primary election is August 24th, and we need more than your vote – we need your help to canvass, make phone calls and help at Early Vote locations.  Contact me at franco@dangelber.com for more details, and thanks for all that you do.

Franco Ripple, Vice President of Political Affairs, Broward Young Democrats

Support Dave Aronberg for Attorney General

“I hope you will join me in voting for my friend, Dave Aronberg, for Florida Attorney General.

Dave has the best experience to be Attorney General, as he is the only one in this race who actually worked in the AG’s office.  He served under Bob Butterworth as an Assistant Attorney General in the economic crimes division, where he took on consumer fraud and financial scams.

As a White House Fellow, Dave served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering, including the laundering of terrorist assets.

Dave’s experience in protecting public safety has led 18 Democratic Sheriffs to endorse him.  In fact, every endorsing Democratic Sheriff has endorsed Dave in this race, making the count 18 to 0.  Dave also has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association, making Dave the clear choice of the law enforcement community.

For the past 8 years, Dave Aronberg has distinguished himself as State Senator, where he has been called the “strongest consumer advocate” by both the Sun-Sentinel and Fort Myers News-Press, and a “fierce consumer advocate” by the Tampa Tribune.  He has gained national attention for his work to keep our streets safer from sex offenders and has passed landmark legislation that safeguards our privacy from the growing threat of identity theft.

See for yourself at www.davearonberg.com <http://www.davearonberg.com/> why Dave Aronberg is the best choice for Attorney General.  Our state needs real change, and Dave will be the one to shake up the status quo.

The Democratic primary election is August 24th – so please spread the word!

Sincerely,

Ron Mills

Please help Dave out at the polls for early voting and election day. Email Aronberg@therbuzz.com or Call Ron Mills

How-To Roundup: BlueBroward Helps Those Who Help Themselves

Some of the instructions here are outdated. For updated instructions, see the how-to category on the blog.

BlueBroward.org has always had a big emphasis on self-service. That’s because it’s a volunteer project with no budget or staff, meant to be maintained for the community by the community. At times, I do post items people send to me by email, particularly if they’re not regular contributors. But the best way to make sure something gets posted is to do it yourself. Sometimes, when those email notices come in, I either don’t see them or I’m busy with other things like chasing paying work.

Any BlueBroward.org member can post an event, campaign listing, or blog entry. Don’t get hung up on the word “blog” – you don’t have to transform yourself into a regular blogger. It’s just an easy way for you to share your opinions, news, photos, and candidate endorsements.

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There is a Login link at the top of every page. If you don’t remember your password, you can always reset it. If you’re not a member, sign up now.

Here are some instructions:

How to Post Events to the Calendar (RSVPs Optional)
These are general instructions on posting an event. Any member can post events to the BlueBroward Calendar. There are a few extra options available for members who are registered to edit the events for a Democratic Club or other organization that holds regular meetings (see How to Post and Maintain Club Listings). But these general […]

How to Post and Maintain Club Listings
This is an update for Democratic club presidents and other people who hold official or unofficial meetings in support of the Democratic cause on a regular basis. When an organization registers with BlueBroward, I create an event template that includes the name of the organization and boilerplate details like the regular meeting schedule and meeting […]

How to Post a Campaign On BlueBroward.org
Just as any BlueBroward.org member can post events or blog entries, any BlueBroward member can post a campaign listing. When you log in, you should see Post a Campaign Listing as one of the first options on the welcome screen or “Dashboard.” Click there to display the data entry form. (The “Edit Campaigns” button on […]

How to Share/Delegate Editing Rights for a Campaign, Club, or Organization
BlueBroward allows officers and representatives of Democratic clubs, allied groups, and campaigns to appoint multiple editors for their event listings and related information. For example, both the president and the secretary of a club could have editing rights on this system. A candidate might create a campaign profile but then allow a campaign manager to also […]

How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog
Every BlueBroward member is invited to share opinions, criticisms, candidate endorsements, and tips for more effective organizing on the BlueBroward Community Blog, either regularly or occasionally. I reserve the right to edit or delete postings at my own discretion, but my goal is to encourage discussion, not to be a censor. Posting a blog is […]

How to Post Events to the Calendar (RSVPs Optional)

For an updated guide, see this video.

Most of the information below is still valid, but the screen shots of the event editor are outdated.

These are general instructions on posting an event. Any member can post events to the BlueBroward Calendar. There are a few extra options available for members who are registered to edit the events for a Democratic Club or other organization that holds regular meetings (see How to Post and Maintain Club Listings). But these general instructions also apply to them.

Links to the screens for posting blog entries, events, and campaign listings are displayed on the main “Dashboard” that welcomes you after you log in.

Member Posting Options on Dashboard

Click “Post an Event” to display the event editor screen. Here, you can set date and time, the headline for your event, and a description.

Headlines should include the name of the organization or campaign. Descriptions should include directions to the event location and contact information for someone who can answer questions about the event.

Event Editor Form

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How to Share/Delegate Editing Rights for a Campaign, Club, or Organization

BlueBroward allows officers and representatives of Democratic clubs, allied groups, and campaigns to appoint multiple editors for their event listings and related information. For example, both the president and the secretary of a club could have editing rights on this system. A candidate might create a campaign profile but then allow a campaign manager to also update the campaign profile and post campaign-related events. For a campaign, this includes rights to edit the campaign profile listed on our campaigns page, as well as any campaign events.

This can be useful as a way to hand off responsibilities when people come and go, or for people to back each other up when someone is on vacation or tied up with other responsibilities.

Continue reading “How to Share/Delegate Editing Rights for a Campaign, Club, or Organization”

How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog

Every BlueBroward member is invited to share opinions, criticisms, candidate endorsements, and tips for more effective organizing on the BlueBroward Community Blog, either regularly or occasionally. I reserve the right to edit or delete postings at my own discretion, but my goal is to encourage discussion, not to be a censor.

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Posting a blog is really no more complicated than writing an email, but there are still a few things to learn if you have never done it before. So here are a few tips to get you oriented.

When you first log in, the welcome screen or “Dashboard” shows links to the screens for common tasks, including posting a blog. The “Posts” menu on the left hand side of the screen also gives options for adding new entries or editing existing blog entries. (You will only be able to edit ones that you have posted, although you can respond to other members’ blog entries in the comments section).

Continue reading “How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog”

How to Post and Maintain Club Listings

This is an update for Democratic club presidents and other people who hold official or unofficial meetings in support of the Democratic cause on a regular basis.

When an organization registers with BlueBroward, I create an event template that includes the name of the organization and boilerplate details like the regular meeting schedule and meeting place. This doesn’t stop you from posting events on a different schedule, or a different place, but my intention is to make it easy to confirm a regularly scheduled meeting and add details as necessary. (If you need me to create a template or update a club template, please contact me at david@bluebroward.org as right now I don’t have it set up so you can do that yourself.)

In this example, I’m logged in as Larry Wanderman, one of the leaders of the Wyndmoor Democratic Club. The “Dashboard” of options that welcomes me is displaying options that are available to all BlueBroward members (such as the ability to post blog entries). But it also includes a section specific to the Wyndmoor club.

Club Officer's Dashboard

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BlueBroward.org website update and sponsorship opportunity

Your Business HereWhat a great Democrat I am for supporting BlueBroward.org

The BlueBroward website (http://www.bluebroward.org) has just been reorganized and redesigned to get in fighting shape for the 2010 elections. You should find that it is easier to post events and share your opinions on the community blog because it’s all managed with the same password, and through the same online “dashboard.” I know that many of you are very opinionated, and I’d love to see more of you taking advantage of the opportunity to post your thoughts and candidate endorsements to the blog.

Or, if you see something good someone else posted to the blog, or an event you would like to share with your friends, consider posting the link to Facebook or Twitter or whatever other online communities you participate in.

For most members, your username is your email address (the address at which you are receiving this message). If you don’t remember your password, you can reset it via email.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Contact me if you have a business interested in sponsoring BlueBroward.org email broadcasts to the tune of $500 per year in return for Google-style text advertisement with a link and a short description that would be included with the regular Sunday roundup of events. BlueBroward is not organized as a non-profit, so the sponsorship would not be tax deductible. But this would allow me to cover the expense of moving to the MailChimp email list management service, plus some other expenses.

I’m sending you this message using the MailChimp service because they offer a free account for small lists, but BlueBroward won’t be eligible for much longer. This is the service I’ve been using with most of the commercial clients and campaigns I work with. It will allow me to do a better job of managing unsubscribes and spam complaints.

This sponsorship opportunity is for just one business or other organization (not a political campaign). I reserve the right to determine which sponsorship offers are most appropriate for this community. Email me back if interested.

David F. Carr, webmaster
david@bluebroward.org