Rethinking the Ecosystem

Now that we’re on this side of the midterms and the final Georgia runoffs, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to approach these next two years, leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

At the same time, there’s been a seismic shift in social media and I’ve been rethinking how I use social media and which platforms I should be spending time on.

Twitter appears to be dying and so many notable accounts are fleeing to places like Mastodon and the startup Post. I’ve created accounts on both platforms and essentially am cross-posting to be efficient. Meanwhile on TikTok, many left-leaning accounts are getting reported and dealing with higher levels of harassment than usual — something my account has been mercifully free of so far, but I also know it could hit me at any time.

And it was as I was thinking about all this that I realized I thought about Political Charge, my blog, as somehow being separate from the content I create on social media. But it’s not. More and more I’m realizing that I need to use each of these platforms in the way they are meant to be used, which is different from one another, and that put together, they create an ecosystem that allows me to do the work of educating and inspiring voters to get more involved in their democracy.

I’m going to take it a bit easy for the remainder of December as I think about this, so I won’t be posting cartoons or other blog posts for a couple of weeks. I’m planning a refresh and want to think about how I use each platform much more deliberately.

All that said, I will absolutely make my Year in Review post looking back at the good moments in politics in 2022. As always, thank you for supporting my work!

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20 replies

  1. You are the best! Here’s to a restful (?) time recharging! See you in the New Year!

  2. Thank you for your posts and enjoy your time off. And have a happy New Year!

  3. Great thinking. I look forward to see you fired up and ready to go. Godspeed!

  4. I look forward to your blog and cartoons a lot! You deserve a rest. Be well

  5. I understand your feelings especially about Twitter. I will follow you wherever you land.
    Thank you for the update.
    Safe holidays.

  6. Thank you for all your blogs, videos and post, and all the encouragement and information you have given us this year. Happy holidays to you, you lovely lovely human ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Have loved your work for a long time. This year, in a tough year for me, you facilitated one of the precious few times I was able to take action. I’d like to put in a suggestion that you t introduce some trusted, consistent blog guest writers.

    Twitter has been my platform of choice for a long time, and it saddens me to see it go. But there is great vitality to come and this change, in particular, is full of opportunity. Twitter started to die the day DJT announced; we just didn’t know it yet. See you on Post (and maybe Mastodon). Happy holidays!

  8. I left Twitter, but I follow your posts on TikTok and of course I am a subscriber of this newsletter. Thanks so much for sharing your insight!

  9. Thank you for your work. I do a local newsletter and understand the time and energy it takes. Can’t find you on Post

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