The GOP homepage will not let me sign up without a US zip code

I have to admit that I am a little disappointed by the GOP homepage. I tried to sign up, but to no avail. I got stuck on the zip code. The reason being, I assume, is that in the US the zip code is five digits. But in Norway, where I reside, the zip code is four digits. And this bothers me. Why shouldn’t I, being an American and with American citizenship be able to sign up? And I am guessing that Americans living abroad in other countries that do not have a five digit zip code are going to experience the same problem.

The GOP sign up wants a 5 digit zip code.

The GOP sign up wants a 5 digit zip code.

A quick Google search gives me information about Americans living abroad. The websites that I looked at are probably by no means accurate, but indicates 6.320.000 million Americans live outside of the US. That’s more Americans than the population of some of the states. I do not know how many of these individuals reside permanently or temporarily outside the US. Those that reside temporarily, will probably be able to sign up to the GOP homepage using their American zip code, but those of us that reside permanently outside the US do not have that option.

Should Americans living permanently abroad have influence over American politics? That’s a different topic, but they should definitely be able to sign up and log in on the GOP homepage. I am by no means saying you can’t find all the information you want from other websites and other sources, it’s just the principle of the matter.

Right now, the Democrats are doing a much better job with their homepage concerning Americans abroad. You can sign up with a zip code or postal code. Postal code being used in other countries. I have no idea if this was intentional, but it’s much more user friendly to the international community. And why should the Republicans miss out on this opportunity.

The Democrats sign up has a postal code. It works. You can't see it from the main page, but when you click for login, you get the option to create an account.

The Democrats sign up has a postal code. It works. You can’t see it from the main page, but when you click for login, you get the option to create an account.

I could off course sign up to the GOP homepage using Facebook, but that might have a few disadvantages, which I will blog about. I could also lie. I could just type in an American zip code and be done with it. But having lived on Long Island, New York, I could get away with it. That is as long as the sign up process doesn’t track IP addresses.

This isn’t really a political blog post, but I am addressing a minor issue that I want corrected on the GOP homepage. I did communicate through the contact form on the website in November 2014 about wanting to sign up, but unfortunately it was a one way communication, because I never received any reply.

So if there are any Republicans out there reading this, please convey this message. This is the first of a few blog posts that will address the GOP homepage.

You are welcome to view this yourself at the GOP homepage and the Democrats homepage. One website I used to find out how many Americans live abroad was AARO, The Association of Americans Resident Overseas.



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Writing is not easy

I wish I had the ability to place the keyboard in front of me and just … write. I admire the journalists that can write knowing they have a deadline. I admire the bloggers that can write a blog post about a news breaking story, while it is happening. I know exactly what I want to write about, but as soon as I sit down by the computer to do the actual writing, everything comes to a complete halt. I get stuck writing the first sentence, because I want it to be perfect. I get stuck writing the second sentence, because it has to be just as perfect. And then I start wondering if I am using the correct words. I was born in the United States, but have lived most of my life abroad. English is not the language I speak or write on a daily basis. So there is a reason for my hesitation. I wanted to use the words “writer’s block” in my title, but when I googled it, it seemed that I had to have produced something beforehand. I wanted to use the word envy instead of admire, but when I googled it, it could also mean that I wished those journalists and bloggers lacked the ability that I so much admire.

I wanted to start this blog about my thoughts on how it was to become 50 years old. It should be an easy task. I experienced it only a few days ago, and it is not a vivid memory. I had the keyboard on my lap for hours and nothing happened. I just looked at it. Put my fingers on the different keys without doing much more. I did notice that there was a lot of dust on it and that there was, and still is cat hair sticking up between the keys. And with my fingers on the keyboard, I also noticed that I am biting my nails way too much. The backside of my Dell keyboard states that it is made in China.

Finally, after what seemed like infinity, I had produced something. A draft to what was to become a blog post. I read through it once, and once more, and I was so proud. I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. I let my wife read it just before she went to bed. She didn’t like it. She just looked at me and told me that it didn’t really tell her anything. And she was right. I was writing about becoming 50 years old, but not how I actually felt. I was diplomatic and never really coming to the point. I was more concerned with the correctness of my English, my non existing writing skills, writing about the negative sides about the topic, but making sure I was also including the positive sides. Almost like writing an exam paper. That’s not what this blog is about.

This first blog post is my proof that I can sit down with a keyboard in front of me and just … write. Yes, I am proud, and no, I am not going to show it to my wife. I will make sure that my writing skills, my English spelling and sentence structure improve over time. But for now, you are all going to have to be patient. Next week there will be a blog post about my thoughts on becoming 50 and how I am dealing with that situation, and I will not be so diplomatic.

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Claiming My Blog

This is a needed post to claim my blog and also add tidbits that websites showing blogs need.

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