VOAKL, BEN ROSS : AUCKLAND
In late 2011 I started View of Auckland (VOAKL) as my blog on my personal commentary on all things Auckland (and sometimes beyond) from an independent ratepayer’s point of view. Over the last 10 or so months VOAKL evolved into not only my general musings on Auckland; but also into critical responses of institutions such as Auckland Council, sharing documents such as submissions I have done or sharing other people’s work, and putting out there: ideas/alternatives/solutions to problems/situations/etc out there in Auckland (such as Port of Auckland and Auckland’s transport and urban development over the next thirty years).
As VOAKL has evolved, it stretched out to social media such as Facebook and Twitter where VOAKL could extend its reach and interact beyond the blog itself to readers, followers, and spectators out there. Slowly but surely VOAKL was slowly to be recognised by Auckland Councillors, Local Board members, journalists, other bloggers and fellow ratepayers or individuals (whether we agreed or disagreed on the issue) as out there.
Well now a major milestone has come to VOAKL. As I make preparations for 2013 and contending for a place on my Local Board and next years Local Government Elections I have made changes to the blog to reflect the next stage the blogging “life.”
You would have notice the changes over the weekend as VOAKL changed and became Ben Ross : Auckland or BR:AKL for short
BR:AKL will now carry the mantle from VOAKL with the focus still continuing to Shine The Light and run commentary from an independent ratepayer’s view in wanting a Better Auckland. At the same time I will be “putting my money where my mouth is” and contest Local Board next year as I believe if you want to institute change – then you have a better chance of doing so from within.
The changes from VOAKL to BR:AKL are now complete across the blog, Facebook and Twitter while expanding into new spheres such as Linkedin, Instagram, Four-Square and Klout. Soon a website titled “Ben Ross : Auckland” will be launched marking the start of my campaign – so be on the look out there.
While BR:AKL takes the mantle as the changes go through one thing stays the same: my independent commentary and posting of ideas, alternatives and solutions that has been going since this blog was started and will continue into the future.
Forward we go to 2013 and beyond; as BR:AKL continues Shining The Light – To a Better Auckland