Mayor Mike McGinn’s Blog

Site Name and Description

Seattle mayor Mike McGinn maintains a blog on the web site, in which he addresses issues of concern to Seattle citizens. The blog is subtitled “The Reader,” and appears to be a sub-site of McGinn’s section of the web site ( that contains general information about the mayor, such as pictures, contact information, and an events calendar, in addition to summary headlines from the blog.

McGinn’s blog contains a comments field in which citizens comment on posts, but I did not notice direct responses from the mayor in the comments.

Tagline: “From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn: News, Updates, and Information.”




Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's blog

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's blog

Design Overview

The blog page uses the same template as the overall site, which is a very basic government site template with a blue color scheme and a simple logo. There is no picture of Mayor McGinn on the blog, or any other stylistic element identifying it as the personal word of McGinn, which makes it visually hard to distinguish as a blog, as opposed to a static page.


Citizens involved or interested in Seattle politics or McGinn’s tenure in office, journalists/the press, ostensibly the general public

Business/Site Goals

Document and publicly share the official position on/ quotations from Mayor McGinn and the city of Seattle about current civic issues, for example, transit planning meetings and the Occupy Seattle protest of fall 2011.

Social media integration

Each post on the blog has icons for sending the post in mail, on Facebook, Twitter, or any of a number of other social media channels.

Mayor McGinn's blog - social sharing icons

From Mayor McGinn's blog - social sharing icons

Technologies used


Team members

Cheryl and Rachel


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