Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to thank you for starting up your very own ‘youth’ blog. As someone who has just written a book all about blogging it pleases me greatly to think of the Australian Prime Minister staring at a computer screen and screaming, ‘Why won’t this image upload? I keep pressing ‘Upload’ and nothing happens. And how do I make all my links fluorescent green anyway?’
However having looked at your youth blog I thought I would offer a few suggestions so that your blog might be somewhat more appealing to the kids.
To start with I think you should include some reference points for young people. And when I say ‘reference points’ I mean lolcat jokes. For example you could include a picture like this:
It will demonstrate that you can make fun of yourself and that you can speak the contracted language of the young.
I like the way that on your last blog post you asked readers to tell you what they would do if they were Prime Minister for a day. You should know that while some people think you are a stern taskmaster with no sense of fun, I can assure you that ALL young people would love to be you for a day. Mainly so they could call Obama and have a chat with him on the phone.
Which makes me wonder – when you call leaders of foreign nations do you use Skype? It’s cheaper than calling on the phone you know. Plus you could do video link-ups. Just imagine being about to see the looks on the faces of the Burmese junta when you tell them about new sanctions being introduced on their country!
I think that your blog would also benefit from some widgets. For example how about a widget to countdown to Malcolm Turnbull’s birthday?
Nothing says ‘bi-partisanship’ more than getting the leader of the opposition a present for his birthday.
Finally, I like a blog post that finishes on a light note – sometimes with a YouTube clip that gives me lolz.
Perhaps a clip like this one would be a good starter?
I think if you follow my suggestions and ‘funk up’ your blog you will immediately garner a strong following from every member of The Youth demographic. After all, The Youth are the future of this country’s federal electorates.
Author of The Greatest Blogger in the World