Blogs – Content, Length and Time

In the spirit of updating content ready for LocalGovCamp North West this short video finds Cllr Simon Cooke explaining some of the nuts and bolts of blogging for councillors.  The footage was shot at our CllrSocMed session in Leeds earlier this year.  Simon explains that blogs are dependent on personal style and reassures councillors that it doesn’t have to be time consuming to be effective.  Simon’s style is quick and short, whilst Cllr Andrew Cooper (referred to in the video) takes a different approach.

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Blending On Line with Off Line

Another recurring theme at our Cllrsocmed sessions was the whole on line / off line discussion.   At our Barnsley session Cllr Simon Cooke sets the record straight in this video and provides some tips on how councillors can integrate the two to good effect.

A Blog Won’t Do Everything

At our cllrsocmed session in Leeds we got onto discussing the merits of blogs and the on-line / off-line conundrum.  In this brief video Cllr Cooke summarises the key points and gives some helpful tips on how councillors can use blogs effectively.

Newly Elected Councillor? …then this is for you!

Are you a newly elected cllr? Well congratulations! Please accept these links from the CllrSocMed Team as a welcome gift.

Over the last few months the team have been running cllr lead social media sessions across the Yorkshire & Humber region. Along the way we have had some great fun, worked hard, and gathered together a wide range of resources, all freely available to you, the elected.

There’s a mixture of advice and guidance from short instructional videos, to real insights directly from some of your cllr peers who use social  media on a daily basis.

It can all be found on the CllrSocMed site, but below are links to give you an idea of what the social media world could mean to you.

Councillors and social media …why bother?

Steven Tuck explains …the internet and social media (in 2 minutes)

Some Tips on Twitter: Twitter in Plain English

Cllrs and Twitter: some alternative case studies

Steven Tuck explains …what is a blog? (in 2 minutes)

Blogger.com: How to set up a blog

Blogger.com: Add a new post and insert an image

Cllr Simon Cooke …talks Cllrsocmed

Cllr Tim Cheetham …talks Cllrsocmed

Cllr Mike Jordan …talks Cllrsocmed

That should be plenty for now. We would advise listening to your fellow councillors, it really is about you and them, rather than us!

Oh, and if you feel the urge, please feel free to add yourself to our councillor social media map.

Best of luck to all of you. Here’s to the future!!

Cllrs – Why Small Talk is Important

Another regular theme that cropped up at our sessions with councillors involved discussing why social media users felt the need to share “trivial information”.   Why would anyone care what they were having to eat, where they were going, what music they are listening to.  “Why do people feel the need to share this stuff?”  In essence it’s the “social” part of social media, the part that forms the basis of the connections we make.  In this clip @steventuck puts the case succinctly.

 

Cllrs and Twitter (Some Alternative Case Studies)

Cllrsocmed is all about encouraging councillors to use social media and see the benefits.  This has been the main objective of our sessions and the purpose of this site.  Nevertheless, the sessions we have run have always featured a discussion about responsible use, standards, the law and public perception.  We try to find and use positive case studies, but sometimes the “alternative” case studies that emerge demonstrate the point.  There have been two examples recently that serve as pointers for councillors in terms of what can go wrong and how the immediacy of Twitter can have repercussions.  The headlines tell the story:

For every story like these it’s important to remember that councillors up and down the country are using Twitter to great effect as part of their many roles and are not getting positive headlines for it, which is a shame.  If proof is needed go check out TweetyHall.  Related posts include:

So what is a blog? (Steve Tuck explains in two minutes)

As part of the #cllrsocmed plain language and myth busting theme @steventuck explains a blog in two minutes.  This video clip was pulled together at our session in Barnsley.

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How to set up a blog

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10 Reasons Why Cllrs Should Use Social Media

1 Page Guide to Blogging with WordPress