According to some sources there are more than 2 blogs sites created every second. We went through the 100 million blog mark a year or two ago. Many if not most of those blogs have stopped publishing. Many bloggers wonder if it is worth carrying on. Chris Blattman on the 2nd anniversary of his blog did just that and decided to carry on. Why?
“I like blogging”
We say at the end of the CivicSurf Guide to blogging that it can be addictive. It can be an enjoyable activity.
- it forces him to read more carefully and think more carefully because he is likely to write about it
- it allows him to share ideas
- it allows him to influence others effectively. It makes him
One of the aspects of the ongoing reorganisation of Local Government (i.e. scrapping of District Councils) is that Parish and Town Councils should become relatively more important in our democratic processes. I met Justin Griggs, (@JustinGriggs) Head of Policy and Development, of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) at the recent LocalGovCamp in Birmingham. He’s acutely aware that the image of Parish and Town Councillors (Local Cllrs) is not exactly dynamic and go-getting despite in some cases Town Councils are representing towns like Salisbury with 70,000 residents.
He is very keen to get some of those councillors online. The benefits could be enormous. Not only would it help the councils start conversations with their communities and boost their profile, but it would also help the councillors network amongst themselves. Blogs and social networks would be a quick and easy way for town and parish councils to share information, success stories and help each other achieve what they want. This peer networking aspect of blogging is useful but not often mentioned.
To help NALC along the way we sent them 40 copies of the CivicSurf DVD to go to each of the 38 county associations that filter information down to the town and parish councils. Hopefully it’ll get shown and a few more of our democratic representatives will benefit from blogging. Maybe some coaching might be in order.