This blog has clocked-up more than 50,000 page views in the past 21 months.
Considering it was only ever written for two men and a dog that’s something I’m falling off my chair at.
Mind, that figure is skewed by a single crowd sourced blog post on what I should tell colleagues sceptical about Twitter. That got RT’d by @twitter itself and pinged to its 5.4 million followers.
But what it did do was make me think of why I started blogging in the first place. What has resulted and why I think others should too.
There are 98 million words a day posted to WordPress blogs, 53 per cent of bloggers are aged 25 to 35, according to Mashable.
Why did I start blogging?
Because I was getting a fund of information from them myself and wanted to add to that stream.
Because I similarly felt I had something to say and share.
Because something on Liz Azyan’s excellent blog prompted me to take the plunge.
Because – most importantly – I bet @jaynehowarth who was similarly dithering that if I didn’t I’d send her cake.
Some of my blogs have been absolute stinkers. Some I’m proud of. One I even wrote in a car park in Solihull. All have been written in my spare time.
Valuable thinking time. An online notebook to refer back to. Having a voice. Shouting about some of things we’ve done or others have done well.
There’s been the unexpected spin-offs too. A chance to speak on interesting subjects to interesting people at interesting places. I’ve a vague feeling this may be a help to my career at some point down the track.
Why YOU should blog
For all the above reasons. But mostly because we’re all learning. All of us. There are no experts. There’s just shared knowledge. Your view is a just as important. There’s not a blog post I’ve read by someone in local government I’ve not learned something from.
Because with platforms like WordPress it’s pretty straightforward.
Because it’ll give you skills for the future. Whether you write about local government things or, like Kate Goodall, a blog on parks you take your dog for a walk in.
Because ‘do stuff then share it’ is a good thing to aspire to.
Because none of us are experts on everything. But we do know about our tiny corner of the allotment and by sharing it we get a sense of the bigger picture.
Creative commons credits
Red tulip Erica Marshall of muddyboots.org