Mike Amos-Simpson has written an article, both in Children and Young People Now and also online about the development of online resources as a tool for youth work professionals as much as for young people. In commenting on his post it has led me to reflect on what I have learnt since I took the plunge into the blogosphere.
As a complete novice I was quite intimidated by the ‘net’ and concerned about various factors, in particular:-
- Blogging whilst working for a local authority as there are no guidelines
- What colleagues might think and whether it would affect my relationships with them
- Whether I actually had anything of relevance to say
In trying it out I’ve discovered not only that my concerns were unfounded but also a whole new community and abundance of resources that have stretched my thinking and pushed me to look outside of the norm for solutions. Online forums have opened up a realm of possibilities for sharing and developing work across both the county and the country, bookmarking sites have now become a major resource when I’m seeking information on different topics (along with other peoples’ blogs) and I’ve discovered virtual worlds and social games which I’m still getting my head round and trying to work out how I can use them in my current work.
Mainly it has been a change to my mindset. Blogging has helped me to:-
- Be more reflective,
- Think about (and place ) my work in both a local and national context
- Learn from others
- Understand how I can do things differently in order to communicate with colleagues more effectively, work collaboratively and share my ideas and thoughts with a wider community
So what’s stopping you?!?!?!