Happy new year, and welcome to Spark! For those readers who are new, you should check out our overall mission statement. In brief, our mission is to heighten the political dialogue in the US with reports and commentaries on themes of political importance (dealing mostly with either national or international events). Last year, Spark! went online for the first time, and dealt with political events like the presidential debates and the terror attacks in Paris in November. We looked at individual politicians, like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz. We commented on various general themes, such as the foundational American notion of the City on a Hill, a central theme for this blog; as well as on the meaning of Thanksgiving, and some lesser subjects. We presented reviews of Hillary Clinton’s book, Hard Choices, and of the film Trumbo. We ended the year with a “Primer on the Primaries,” and that old media standard, a Year in Review, looking back at some of 2015’s most important political moments. We also relaxed with some lighter moments, our “Blogs of Lightness,” often seeing what other authors, pundits, and voices are saying.
Now that 2015 is behind us, Spark! is looking forward to an exciting year. We hope to build the blog into something worthwhile and substantial, something that can capture the interest of readers and commenters, and perhaps even diversify its voice through additional writers and other forms of media presentation. Spark! will be working with WordPress and other outlets to expand its audience and its outlook.
Nonetheless, Spark! will be just one of millions of inconsequential blogs as long as only a few people read each article. If you like something, you should “like” it on our blog space, “like” it on Facebook or Twitter, and “share” it with your friends on social media. Shared links (in emails, etc.) are also good for getting the word out. Also, if you enjoy reading Spark!, or if you think we got something wrong, you should also comment on anything that captures your interest. Our slogan is “Fomenting a Political Conversation”; but if we’re just talking to ourselves, no conversation ensues. You read our words; now let’s have some of yours! (We would, of course, prefer your comments to be helpful, not insulting; “conversation” implies an exchange of ideas between adults, not just invective and rhetoric.)
Thanks for reading us in 2015, and for coming back (or starting up) in 2016, and welcome to Spark! and to 2016.