Last week I met up with Alice Casey from Involve for a short chat about all things participation, and we quickly got onto talking about the role of social media in connecting the many participation people working in different areas of the country, the world and the web. In the conversation Alice mentioned that she'd been thinking of starting a blog… and would give it more thought again.
I donâ€™t blog. I think blogs are for other people. Thatâ€™s about to changeâ€¦
I work for www.involve.org.uk on all things participatory (more about that later). You might think that would include online participation, and yes it does in the broad research sense – but on a personal level I have consistently put off starting a blog of my own for these main reasons:
1) Convinced I wonâ€™t have enough time or inclination to update it
2) Whatâ€™s the use? I wonâ€™t have anything interesting or useful to say that hasnâ€™t already been said by someone wiser.
3) Blogging is something other people do – Iâ€™m a commenter not a writer! Itâ€™s just â€˜not meâ€™.
But Alice has committed to a three month experiment to overcome those reasons why not to blog. She says:
So, Iâ€™m beginning this blogsperiment with these goals in mind:
1) To share my own learning
2) To help better connect public participation people and related ideas
3) To add a dose of realism to the world of the already immersed bloggers out there
4) To have fun and share some personal interests
I'm really looking forward to reading Alice's contributions, and to benefitting from that helpful dose of realism 🙂
So – um, if you're involved in participation, stakeholder engagement, blogging for learning etc, do head over and say hi.