It was published in May 2008 and here's a teaser:
Increasing numbers of legislators are launching blogs to make their voices heard and create ongoing conversations with their constituents.
“I started my blog as a way for my constituents to read what was going on inside the Georgia General Assembly as it happens,” [Georgia Representative Steve] Davis says. He’s also aware that people are becoming more technologically savvy and wanted to be out front in reaching constituents online.From what I know about blogging by electeds in and from NE Ohio, I'd say that a little less than two years after that article was written, here, the practice is still fairly uncommon.
Engaging citizens in government is reshaping the way government works. The interactive tools offered by Web 2.0, the new incarnation of the Internet, make it easy for government executives to engage their constituents, and a growing number of lawmakers are making blogs part of their strategies for connecting with citizens. Still, the practice is fairly uncommon.
“We’re at the early stages by any measure,” says David Wyld, author of The Blogging Revolution: Government in the Age of Web 2.0, a report published by IBM’s Center for the Business of Government.
But in five to 10 years, says Wyld, who is a professor of management at Southeastern Louisiana University, “blogging and other interactive Web tools will just be part of the ratcheted-up expectations people have for their governments.”
Hopefully not for long!