If you spend more than an hour with me, you can figure out that politics are an important part of my life. For me, Canadian politics (and to a certain extent, Western politics) has always captured my attention. I’ve always liked staying current on things going on in the world – whether it’s politics, business, or life. I like to read newspapers and watch the news and just generally be informed about what’s happening. I find that if you are interested in something, you will go out of your way to learn all that you can about it.
Friends have remarked that they don’t know how I always seem to know the latest news and announcements (not actually true!). They wonder how I do it. I have figured out a way that works for me – something that actually either complements my chosen career or else caused me to choose my career (chicken or egg, not quite sure). Here’s how I do it.
First thing in the morning and last thing at night, I grab my phone and go through my Twitter feed to see what’s happening or being said. I follow a range of people – although it tends to skew Liberal, there are some left and right-wing accounts I follow. It’s always good to have a variety of views to base your opinions on. I’ve found that when you follow ‘influencers’, you get information the fastest. For example, in addition to the Liberal Party official account @liberal_party or @parti_liberal and @JustinTrudeau, there are a couple of accounts from people on the campaign trail that seem to set the tone for the day. By following them, I get up-to-the-minute information that is then shared by others. I also follow a few media accounts, which gives me links to stories as they are filed or video clips as they are published.
I also subscribe to the media releases list from LPC and give those a read at the end of the day. I tend to visit the LPC website on a frequent basis to see the latest news, photos, and announcements. The folks who manage the YouTube channel do a good job of compiling videos that candidates have put together, which is always fun to watch. I’m constantly impressed at some of the videos coming out of this campaign; there are videos out there that can rival national ones (like the one below!)
I constantly have my twitter feed open throughout the day – to be honest, I probably check it a good 3-4 times an hour. Facebook is a little less frequent, as I generally keep that for close friends and family so by the time something is posted there I’ve already seen in elsewhere. I’m just getting into Instagram, but I’ll check that a couple times of day (generally when I’m on the bus going to and from work).
Working in communications, I tend to be a bit obsessive about knowing what’s going on in the news. I watch the news channels, especially the political commentary shows, and visit their websites several times a day. I also have google alerts set up for certain topics and candidates. Basically, the way some people are about sports or entertainment, I am about the news. And for a political junkie like myself, these next 55 days are pretty much like Christmas.