Thursday, February 17, 2011

YES: Shirley Franklin becomes a blogger

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Former Atlanta Mayor (and occasional Fresh Loaf commenter) Shirley Franklin has joined the Wild World of Blogging, Maria Saporta reports. Oh, Lord, this is gonna be fun.

Franklin is launching her own political blog: “Blogging While Blue” along with the help of her former communications director Beverly Isom and Cabral Franklin, a political advisor and researcher who also happens to be the former mayor’s son.

“As mayor I heard from scores of residents and leaders of every political perspective on nearly every current issue,” Shirley Franklin stated in an email. “Many engaged me in regular debate on their favorite issues in community meetings, emails and blogging. By joining Beverly and Cabral, we hope to encourage those from baby boomers to gen xers to engage with us in informed debates and discussions.”

The blog will feature frequent public opinion polls from around the region on a variety of issues, such as immigration and education.

You can view the blog here. 11 Alive spoke with Franklin, who says she enjoys reading blogs after wrapping up a day of teaching at Spelman College. Expect posts about her thoughts about the Beltline, transit and policy issues. Don't expect, however, to see the former two-term mayor join Twitter.

We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Franklin and team to the medium — and issue an open invitation to debate and discuss policy, pets and celebrity gossip via Skype. Name the time!

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