Blogging

Now that everyone’s back for the autumn term all the projects are in full swing.  As part of the reporting for the projects each team needs to keep a blog of their progress and any significant events or activities that are taking place.

For some blogging is a part of everyday life and they take to it with great enthusiasm. For others it’s a little more alien. It can be it can be difficult to decide what to include and what to leave out and disconcerting to know that what you write is so public.

Steve Boneham from Netskills has produced this useful Why JISC Projects Should Blog guide to blogging for projects which will hopefully give some ideas for those unsure how to take the first step

Another useful resource is this set of slides from Brian Kelly which accompanied his workshop for the JISC managing data programme launch event in December of last year – Blogging Practices to Support Project Work

Also don’t underestimate the value of simply reading the blogs from some of your Transformations Programme colleagues working on other projects for ideas of what to include and the tone to take.  By reading a few you’ll soon see that they vary in detail and formality and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach.  You can access a full list of the projects and link to their blogs from each of the strand pages within the Transformations page on the JISC website.

The main thing to remember is that the more you blog throughout your project the more information you’ll have to hand when it comes to writing up your case studies and final reports and the easier it will be to recollect and reflect on the project as a whole.

For those who are still lacking confidence Netskills have two Blogging Workshops scheduled in October which still have places left. They tend to run these workshops at least once a month but are also happy to run onsite or online by request so don’t hesitate to contact them; you can email enquiries@netskills.ac.uk, call 0191 222 5000 or use the Netskills enquiry form. Steve Boneham would be happy to discuss any requirements you have.

Happy blogging!

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