I had the delightful experience this summer of working with 3 brand new bloggers at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.
We gathered for 1.5 hr on Monday mornings for 3 weeks to talk about sharing on the web and learning the basics of putting together a blog post. It takes time to get accounts set-up, to get oriented to the dashboard (the blog’s control panel, where the magic is made!), as opposed to the blog itself, to get clear on the difference between writing a post like this one from Connie and a comment, like this one from Fan.
Mostly however, we told each other stories and explored what we might want to share. We’re all moms. None of us live close to our families (Toronto, China, Costa Rica) and so sharing on the web has mostly been about keeping family connections alive through photos and stories of our kids.
Together we shared stories about our lives in Vancouver and where we’re from. We talked about our concerns about privacy and the potential benefits of sharing in the “open”. We talked about blogging in our mother tongue as opposed to blogging (and practicing) in English. We’re curious how we might start conversations on the web, and continue them when we gather at Frog Hollow. We explored what we’d like to read about in a neighbourhood blog.
We wanted to read each other’s personal experiences and reviews of community programs, events, issues, restaurants or shops. We wanted to write about parenting, about day-trips from Vancouver, about what it’s like to work in Hong Kong, compared to marathon days of raising kids in Canada.
During the week we tried to blog and sometimes did. But we also faced obstacles; sick kids, no sleep, broken down computers, visitors from out of town. We all agreed having a blogging club would help, both to keep learning new skills and to help us find the stories we want to tell.
I love what Yesenia said in our last session. “I haven’t been able to blog much yet but I’ve been thinking about it as I go through my days. I think about how I would tell this story, share what I see and why it is important to share it. Just knowing I could blog makes me pay attention in a deeper way.”