Today I’m just passing along a message from a public mailing list that crossed my desk at work:
We are taking advance questions for mushers through Tuesday morning for the BLM IditaChat, a conversation about women mushers, the Iditarod National Historic Trail, sled dog racing, and sled dogs scheduled for Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Alaska time.
Anyone can send in questions or participate in the chat, and we are getting many schools interested (mostly in the Lower 48, we only have advance questions from one Alaska school, let’s change that!).
This is an online conversation similar to online chats or texting, but the conversation runs on Twitter during the scheduled time. Mushers participating this year include Aliy Zirkle, Jodi Bailey, Dan Kaduce, Heidi Sutter, Monica Zappa, and veteran Iditarod mushers Karin Hendrickson and Alan Peck. We also have Kevin Keeler, federal administrator for the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and cosponsor Northern Light Media represented by author, publisher, and photographer Helen Hegener available to answer questions.
A Twitter account is not necessary to view the conversation, as questions for the mushers, Kevin, or Helen can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the day and time of the Iditachat, go to Twitter, enter @BLMALaska in the search window. Once there, enter #BLMIditaChat in the search window on that page, and there is the conversation, open for public viewing. If you have a Twitter account, you can send tweets with the #BLMIditaChat hashtag with your tweet so it enters the conversation. If you do this before Wednesday’s tweet chat, you will see last year’s conversation.
It’s a great way to reach out to mushers and them anything you ever wanted to know.
Again, the BLMIditachat is Wednesday. The full conversation will be posted on the BLM Alaska website at www.blm.gov/ak. You can find a link to IditaChat information and musher bios and photos on that page now, as well as resources for more indepth information.
We’re excited! We hope you and your libraries and communities/schools will participate in this free opportunity. You can send questions in advance to BLMAlaska@blm.gov, now!
Karen J. Laubenstein
State Writer-Editor, Bureau of Land Management
Alaska State Office