Thursday, January 3, 2008
My blog goals for 2008
Having just read Darren Rouse's about setting goals for one's blog, here are my goals. But before I set my goals, I had to decide whether I wanted to continue with this blog.
I started this blog earlier in the year because it was a required activity for a course I was involved with. Maintaining this blog has been a lot more time consuming and distracting than I ever thought it would be because blogging is not just about writing one's own blog but also reading other people's blogs and communicating with them. This connecting with other people is time consuming but that is where the learning is for me. My blog is base camp and from base camp I wonder off into the wilds and up mountains. It is in my travels that I meet people and in just the few months I have been 'traveling' I have grown and learnt a tremendous amount about e-learning and social networking, all of which I can apply to my personal research as well as my teaching. So I guess my first goal is to continue with this blog, acknowledging that it is now a vital part of my personal and professional learning and development.
My second broad goal is to try to get midwives interested in blogging and social networking, using this blog as a tool and/or meeting point. My first thought for doing this is to get more material published in traditional midwifery journals about blogging etc as a way of getting midwives to think about social networking. I did write an article for the New Zealand College of Midwives' Journal earlier this year but had no feedback about it, so I have no idea if midwives read it or what they thought about it. But I still think that publishing articles about social networking is a good strategy because there is little written about it in midwifery or nursing press.
The other thing I want to do this year is organize some more online midwifery meetings and link them back to this blog. What I was thinking was to ask midwives to write guest posts as suggested by Problogger and then do follow up meetings using Elluminate. The snag to this is how I can encourage people to see the value of putting their time into this project, especially as there will be no financial renumeration.
So, I would be very interested to hear any ideas about how I can use this blog to spread the word about social networking, especially to midwives and health professionals. Are you a midwife or non-midwife who would be interested in writing a guest post or being involved in an online meeting? If you read this blog, what subjects/topics would you like to see explored or discussed?
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