I wanted to let you know about a couple of exciting new blogs and some blogging training…
Common Good Edinburgh
Common Good Edinburgh launched earlier this month. I’m writing for it over the next six months thanks to funding from a charitable trust.
I’m excited about the concept – the idea is to write about projects and individuals who are doing things for the common good in Edinburgh. If you’re wondering what common good is, there’s a post defining it through cake here. Read more about the story behind the blog here and find out who’s on the steering group here. The launch post was about community gardening at the Grove Edinburgh, you can read it here.
Common Good Edinburgh on STV
Something wonderful happened a few days after the launch – STV covered the Grove Community Garden story (read it on STV Edinburgh here). We were hoping the blog might become a resource for local journalists so it was great to see they used the audio recorded at the garden. We want positive news stories to spread and the more people who tell the story in their own way, the better.
Common Good in Canada
On that note, the community gardening story also appeared on City Farmer News in Canada!
While on the subject of greenery, I spent a day working with staff and volunteers from Greener Kirkcaldy to train them in blogging.
The training was focused on building confidence in the group and generating ideas together. They came up with loads of creative ways to communicate their messages through stories. For example – cats are popular on social so they thought of a cat’s guide to insulating your home – I love it!
Greener Kirkcaldy got in touch to say their lovely new blog launched at the end of the year – you can find their latest post with a great image and personal perspective on volunteering here.
British Arts and Science Festivals Association (BAFA)
I was asked to run a session on ‘Blogging, the why, rather than the how to’ at the British Arts and Science Festivals Association in Edinburgh in November. I felt quite honoured to be speaking at an international event. One of their speakers was unable to attend and they’d had several requests to learn more about blogging. The festival organisers googled ‘Edinburgh blogger’ and that’s how they found me and my blog.
Being invited to speak to festival organisers about blogging reminded me that blogs are so much more mainstream. Long gone are the days of bloggers being the socially awkward, alone in their bedrooms (okay I admit I am in my bedroom now but not alone, there is a cat).
But you get my point, blogs are a great way for organisations to tell stories and share their personality with the rest of the world. I started blogging as a volunteer for Greener Leith a few years ago. I wouldn’t have expected that to lead to working in social media and speaking at international conferences. It seems – just like with blogs – one story leads to another.
The BAFA conference theme was ‘What is the point of festivals?’, guest blogger Ariadne Cass-Maran wrote a brilliant blog about the two days of events, find it here. A quote that stood out to me from the conference was that festivals might not cure cancer but they’re about art in all its forms and art makes life worth living.
BAFA have added slides and notes from the breakout sessions including the notes taken during my session, find them here.