As a few people may know, I’m currently involved with some interesting research conducted by.. well, a bunch of people, but mainly (I believe) carried out between Birmingham and Cardiff University. As part of the ongoing research for the Hyperlocal Publish segment of the Creative Citizens project, I’ve been asked to create a kind of diary, logging my thoughts on various aspects of my Hyperlocal site, Connect Cannock.
I’d been trying to decide about where to put this, as there’s a few things I’m (again) toying with, but in the end, I’ve decided to keep it on this site, and, because I do believe it’s best to be transparent, I’m trying to keep it open and public. If there’s anything I’m uncomfortable with publishing publicly, then, as per my normal internal set of rules, I’ll mention why publicly, and keep the detail so that only the research team and I can read it.
These posts will be short – somewhere around 100 words – and might be completely useless, so don’t expect any startling insights… this post has the obligatory blurb just so people understand why the hell I’m putting almost stream of consciousness on here, with no links etc.
As far as actual news, things are a little quiet as far as the blog front goes (without looking, I think there’s been a maximum of two posts since the New Year), but this seems to be fairly normal for early January – bearing in mind that much of the input for the site comes from press releases which I then try, dependent on time and interest, to delve into, many places aren’t really doing much and are just getting back up to speed from Christmas.
Sarah, my partner and the sites photographer has posted up an event for a ‘photo walk’ around the area, which seems like a good idea. I like the idea in general anyway, as there’s a lot around Cannock that’s fairly photogenic, and the fact that it will help promote the site ‘offline’ as well is never a bad thing, and something I’d really like to try and do more of.
As usual, we seem to be more active on twitter than on Facebook. Not sure why, as it’s the reverse of most sites I’ve seen, but we have a lot more followers on Twitter than we do on Facebook. Whether that’s because we have some extra posts automated on Twitter, or if it’s just coincidence I’m not sure.
Given time (and energy – and sometimes confidence) I’d really like to try and speak to people a little more – as an example, a local dodgeball tournement has started, which I saw and thought would be interesting, just as an odd sport, and planned to go and take a look, maybe get some interviews / video. Never really got chance and wasn’t quite sure it was relevant – but then it got picked up by local TV news, so presumably I should’ve gone with my instinct! Hopefully will try and actually carry out some proper interviews soon.
On a scale of 1-10 for motivation, I think I’m about a 6 at the minute. I still enjoy doing the site, I’d just really like to do more, and often at the moment I either don’t get chance, or I don’t have the initial motivation to start.