Shel Israel, one of the authors of the book and blog Naked Conversations, has written a post about Government Blogging in which he mentions he was in Canada last week and noted that Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean had started blogging!
Surprised to read this, I had a quick look at the GG website, and indeed found a new site called Citizen Voices/Ecoute des citoyens on the gg.ca domain. There is a blog by the GG, forums, news, and even a space for regularly scheduled chats with the GG herself! Q & A from the first chat on Sept. 27th are posted.
She encourages citizens to participate, especially by leaving blog comments. Parallel sites have been built in French and English, but public comments added in either language appear in both blogs.
Themes she has listed (and presumably would like to discuss) are:
Thus far she has one blog post. People posting comments are generally polite, formally addressing her as “Your Excellency”. That is a nice touch, don’t you think? I’m thinking that is how I might have people post comments in my own blog in the future…