I was looking through some old posts today, and noticed that two years today, I started blogging. Wow.
What has changed since then? Oh, so much. When I started writing, I would’ve been into my second job in Government. Since then I’ve seen another position and another department. The perspective gained over that time has had a big influence on how I write and how I look to engage with the broader public service community. There are certainly mixers (w2p) and events (policy ignite) that I made an effort to attend, and many people in those circles crossover. The conversations with people at those types of events inspire much of my writing.
Twitter, of course, has been invaluable. In bouncing around ideas and getting feedback from others on what is going on in and around government.
I think my biggest query, though, is why there is a lack of government bloggers. It looks to be the same group blogging now that have in the past. The group of active bloggers seems to be less than 5 people. I wonder what has caused this? Is it the platform? Is it fear of reprisal?
While we’ve seen the community on Twitter grow (and I think that’s awesome), blogging is an important way for messages to get out. If you miss a conversation on twitter, it can be difficult to catch up. Documenting our experiences for others to read (who may not be engaging on Twitter, or who are looking to go back and see what has been said in the past) becomes a crucial part of our function as people who are trying to change the Public Service.
It’s our responsibility, after all.