There are a number of reasons why you might want to start blogging:
- You have ideas you want to share
- You have a story to tell
- You have knowledge you want to demonstrate
- You want to progress your career
- You want the great work your organisation does to get recognition
All of these are great reasons. But basically it comes down to wanting to do whatever it is that you do better.
Because if you start a blog, after a little while, that will be the result – no matter what your original motivation.
One reason a great blogger will never give you is “because my boss told me to”. Good bloggers do it because they want to, because it works for them, and not because it serves their employer’s purposes.
We Love Local Government, an anonymously written group blog by a bunch of people working in the sector, has closed its doors. How sad!
It was a great resource, providing support, advice and amusement for all those working for councils during an incredibly difficult time.
Those behind it have decided to move onto other things, which is fine – they’ve done their bit!
Hopefully what they have done is to further advance the cause of blogging in the public sector in the UK. That simple act of publishing stories, ideas, experiences, views and opinions is still incredibly powerful, and yet one that still isn’t being effectively used at scale.
My hope is that some of those who followed We Love Local Government now start their own blogs, writing about what they do, why they do it and how it’s changing – developing the support network and adding to the conversation.
It’s my hope that they choose to do so publicly, under their own names too. I understand why WLLG was anonymous, but I passionately believe that being open about your identity as a blogger is best in the long term.
In the meantime, there are loads of people blogging about public service issues, and many of them are aggregated at Public Sector Blogs. Go take a look.