Patricia Rockwell, author of the blog Communication Exchange has bestowing upon be the honor of being the recipient of her Good Communicator Award. Patricia is a recently retired teacher living in Illinois. I am reproducing her award announcement below.
Let me introduce you to Rod Williams A Disgruntled Republican. As you might guess from the title of Rod's blog, he's politically conservative. But you also might guess from his blog's title, he's not always happy with all of the positions taken by the Republican Party. Rod's blog is not your typical political rant blog. Yes, he has strong feelings about politician issues. However, he only advocates to his readers those positions which he has thoroughly researched himself--and, believe me, he is quite a researcher. When he argues an issue, he does so with intelligence and passion. He never stoops to name-calling or nastiness.
One quality I particularly like about Rod--and which I believe makes him unique among political bloggers--is his willingness to admit when he is wrong--or when he has changed his opinion. I've seen this happen several times during the months I've followed his blog. He never changes his mind on a whim--only after careful deliberation. But, unlike many political bloggers who seem wedded to their party positions for eternity--Rod does change his mind--and he lets his readers know why he has done so.
Rod always treats his readers and commenters (and actually, all people) with respect--not just tolerance--respect. This is something that is sorely lacking in politics today, wouldn't you agree? You might think that it's easy for Rod to be so gracious just sitting at home writing his blog, but Rod is also very active in local Nashville politics. He's always organizing or involved in some political event that results in educating or spreading information about political issues to people--just what a good communicator does.
If you haven't ever checked out Rod's blog, I urge you to do so. Whether you agree with his political views or not, I think you'll support my selection of Rod Williams for the Good Communicator Award.
Patricia, Thank you for those kind words. I am humbled and honored.