The following blog article is a feature article written by Adriel Hampton and published to his blog site on August 13, 2011. It is republished on the MIDNIGHT IN CHICAGO blog site with permission from Adriel Hampton.
The original article can be found on Adriel Hampton’s blog site at http://www.wiredtoshare.com/muse.
Adriel Hampton is chief organizer for NationBuilder, a software platform for organizing, co-founder and producer of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast, and president of the San Francisco Technology Democrats. He is a professional speaker and advises governments, politicians, NGOs and businesses on social media and technology innovation. He is also an organizer for various civic tech events.
From 2005 to 2011, Adriel worked as an investigator for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He brought the office into the Web 2.0 world in early 2009, launching the @SFCityAttorney Twitter account and growing it to more than 5,500 followers. Adriel also launched the City Attorney’s official Flickr account. He continues to advise City Attorney Dennis Herrera on social media and technological innovation. You can find Adriel Hampton on Twitter at @adrielhampton.
To learn more about Adriel Hampton, go to http://www.wiredtoshare.com/about.
As is wont, a conversation on Twitter today became a discussion about why I blog. Although I’m working to build a movement here at Adriel Nation, I generally blog for myself. That’s even true when I’m blogging on other sites like SF Tech Dems or NationBuilder. At this point in my career, happily, I might get an assignment here or there that isn’t from my inner muse, but I do 98 percent of what I do because I want to do it. And on my own blog, that goes 100 percent, event when it hurts.
I thought it worth sharing some thoughts from Midnight in Chicago on Twitter from today that help explain why I expect to provide leadership even when following my own drummer:
Successful songwriters write for themselves. The song is all about them at that point.
Successful recording artists sing for themselves. The song is all about them at that point.
The audience listens for themselves. The song is all about them at that point.
Radio stations program songs for the radio station. It’s all about the radio station at that point.
My point is that at every different level, resonance happens because of a core value.
I hope resonance is happening for you, here.