For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
To people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Paul Revere’s Ride
Historic inaccuracies aside, (Wadsworth never intended the poem to be history; but folklore), Paul Revere’s midnight ride is one of our most enduring patriotic symbols. For generations of Americans, this ride represented our first battle cry for independence; and the country road from Lexington to Concord became symbolic of our road to revolution...and to freedom.
What does all this have to do with blogging?
Because bloggers of the 21st century are, in many respects, much like the metaphorical Paul Revere immortalized in Wadsworth’s poem. The only difference? Computers are our steeds and the internet our country roads. Our thoughts, words and causes, individually and collectively, serve as a call to action; each voice a little drop of change. And if “the people will waken and listen to hear,” our voices, taken together, can blaze a path to systemic and societal change.
Because your voice has power.
I started blogging in 2009 as an outlet for my thoughts about public education. Most (though not all) of the blogs were written in a two year period while I was employed by a Chicago-based IT firm as general counsel and their "education evangelist." Most of the blogs focus on education, though some pieces are reflections of a more personal nature.
Click here to view Summers on Education.
In addition to the education technology blog, I have also authored (or ghost authored) a health and fitness blog and a foreclosure and news blog for a local, Oregon-based law firm.
But that's me. What about you? What do you have to say?
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