I have spent time with Jenny working out how the detail of how this blogsite works. If someone is familiar with blogging on wordpress it might seem like second nature. However not everyone will be and it can be confusing to get started. For example do you know how to make a post and use email updates.
I am very familiar with LinkedIn and subtle changes in the interface make a difference and take a while to get used to. Just to give us an idea of how things are working – could you please post a comment/reply just with your name. If you have additional comments or questions, please also add to your reply. If not just your name will be helpful so we know who is accessing and able to use the site.
This forum has been very little used in the last couple of months. This is because many people who first visited this forum as friends of APPCIOS have now joined as members – and have become very active on the other blogsites that we run.
We have been putting a great deal of energy into constructing a supportive association for our members, and that has included creating confidential blogsites where small groups of members can share special interests and talk about their work. We also carry out all our administrative business via blogsite, and as we develop more committees we will be creating confidential blogsites for each of them.
Each work discussion, special interest, and committee blogsite will be posting updates on the members’ blogsite about the themes and decisions that are of general interest and importance, and we hope to contribute something to the community forum as well.
We hope that anyone thinking of joining will take a look at this blogsite, and contribute to it. We are particularly hoping that our associate members will become lively contributors.
So meanwhile, here is a map of our other APPCIOS blogsites:
- Members’ blogsite: this is the general noticeboard for all APPCIOS members, and we hope to post a full list of our members here. This blogsite is confidential to all full members, accredited and non-accredited.
- Committee members blogsite: this is the blogsite we have traditionally used to post agendas and minutes for the Management Committee meetings, and for the sub-committees formed by the Management Committee, including the Accreditation Sub-Committee. We plan to subdivide this blogsite to provide separate confidential blogsites for the growing number of committees dealing with different areas of our work. These will include:
- The Management Committee
- The Accreditation Committee
- The Development Committee
- The Scottish Committee
- Work discussion and special interest blogsites. These are blogsites with three-to-five members in each. Members hold Skype meetings as well as blogging regularly with one another. Special interest groups that we are currently planning are for:
- Work in schools
- Work with old people
- Associate members working towards full membership
- The Community Forum: this is the blogsite you are currently reading, and which has been so shamefully neglected. We plan to remedy this, and hope that you will help by posting your thoughts and comments.
The blogsite has been rather quiet – unsurprisingly – over the summer. This doesn’t reflect the level of activity that has been going on here: we have been processing a number of new applications for membership, and working hard to develop structures that will be able to sustain a larger organisation.
But we are very invested in creating lively and helpful forums where friends and members can talk to one another: this means developing our blogsites. We know that people will have anxieties about using blogging – it’s unfamiliar to most of us, and feels unsafe and exposing. But for an organisation that needs to maintain close contact between far-flung, busy people, it is a very helpful resource, to supplement conferences and workshops, Skype conferencing, emailing and telephone calls.