Most months go without a response to the call for help when it comes to producing a blog, and it peeves me because if nobody volunteers then I have to come up with something. And because I’m (a) tired of this happening (b) not inspired to write anything new and (c) would enjoy reading something from somebody we haven’t heard from before, then I’d like to re-publish an old blog from October 2016, which includes an explanation of how you can contribute.
As usual in our group meeting, if things don’t go as expected then our fall-back plan will probably fall over too. All the planning and nomination at the beginning of the year seems to go right out of the leaded windows if the usual crew aren’t manning the bridge. Except for Marian of course, who, after failing to nudge somebody into volunteering for captain Bob’s chair, toughed it out and manoeuvred us through our fractured, staccato opening to a relieved finale. A finale where I literally forgot to pay my dues to the stand-in chair (double-bubble next time Marian and keep the change!)
It was during this meeting that I somehow accidentally volunteered myself to be the blog master. And after a number of interim promotions I can now be officially recognised as the Blog Buddah. Those of you that have access to the VRWG Facebook page will already have seen my invitation to send your blogs, but I’ll give you the gist of it again here …
It became apparent during the process of finding a volunteer blogger for October that I noticed people were showing something of an interest but were put off by the technical aspect of it – the passwords, log-in etiquette, posting rules and all round electronic frippery that surrounds the dark arts of navigating the interweb.
If the problem was the electronic hurdle then the solution is to remove that hurdle, and that’s how we got to where we are now.
The new blogging approach is much easier than last time – for you at least – because you only have to do what you’re all obviously good at … writing. You write the blog, you send the blog to me and I post it on the VRWG website. The very website you’re looking at now.
In an ideal world it would be great if you wrote them and sent them as they pop into your head, so don’t worry about the timing of the meetings because I’ll be making sure they go up on the VRWG site at the right time. In a side room of the same ideal world there would be a blog cache, a digital fortress of blogs that we can call on at any time for the reading populace so don’t be put off if you have one ready and it’s a month before the next meeting – just send it so you can feel as smug as I do after providing the last two – but only if this counts as a blog … which it doesn’t because it isn’t
The general rule for blogging is that it doesn’t have to have any semblance to anything that happened in the meeting. It’s really your chance to ramble on a subject that tickles or infuriates – or both if tickling infuriates you. It can even be a short piece you’ve been working on that you might not have a use for.
So, write it, send it and I’ll post it. It really is as simple as that.
Send it to this address and I’ll do the rest firstname.lastname@example.org