We have just had our youth service conference and it dawned on me that a year ago at the 2008 conference I was so inspired by DKs presentation from Mediasnackers that I decided to start blogging…..and what an adventure it’s been! Today I was at a meeting when someone asked me if I was the ‘billybean’ writing this blog (which they would have known if they’d checked out the about page!) I admitted that I was although I have to say that for some reason or other I am still somewhat embarrassed when I admit to blogging. I”m not quite sure why….sometimes I think people think that you have to be a bit odd or computery to blog, or perhaps you’ve got no friends etc. Naturally only a part of this is true!!:)
My blogging adventure has been a wide ranging and fascinating one and has really opened up my eyes to a whole new resource that I can use in developing youth services here in West Sussex. I mentioned how it had impacted on me in this post here six months ago. I get frustrated on a daily basis that I am not more computer literate as I love the designs and looks of other blogs and wish I could add more ‘bells and whistles’ (Mikes, Tims and Jons are just some examples) but I guess the key thing isn’t so much the design as what you’re writing.
More than writing though is the sharing of ideas, sense of community and opportunity to reflect on youth work practice that blogging has created for me. Through sharing my work I have started to develop contacts with other people who are interested in the same areas of work that I am. Here are a few of the things that I’ve been involved in:-
- Youth Work Online – an evolving network of practitioners sharing their learning, their questions, their visions and their ideas about the future of youth work and the web.
- Following discussions about Accreditation and Recorded Outcomes for young people a new blog has been set up to try and link up some of our conversations in this area.
- Another development has been another new blogger blogging about youth work practice with LGBTQ young people
- Blogging from China!
So here’s to another year, thanks DK for the inspiration and here’s to the growing community!!
Come on – what’s stopping you?!?! Give it a go!!!!