Monday, 11 November 2013

Pause for a social care blog

Vic Citarella writes a non-blog

Making a commitment to writing a regular blog is an onerous and self-inflicted duty. There is so much to write about and so little time. Crafting rough ideas gets put off and blogs remain unwritten. Various prompts in Evernote, Google Tasks, and actual note books mount up. Every so often (today) these demand consolidation into one entity – an inventory of blog topics. It serves to postpone the real blog and replace it with the new task of making sense of the list.

Cataloguing the blogs-to-do is a discipline shared here and now:

• First making the abnormal normal – is this something about the engineering aspect of social work (can’t remember)
• Next the revolving doors of interim management – definitely a blog in that note
• Then one about Frontline for Adults – a possible blog that asks if a new cohort of social workers can be ready in time for the Care Bill when it becomes an Act? (There is more than one blog here. Possibilities include ones about speed and exclusivity but probably best left to others)
• Observed practice –  a blog querying what this might actually entail in residential care. (This is something that needs writing)
• On the list is the Ageing Workforce – there because people have been harping on about it forever. It was ever thus and perhaps not the prophet of doom portrayed is the potential thrust
• Blog about the Archive – no recollection what this might have been about
• Assessing for Practice – that somebody was doing this well warranted inclusion
• An old favourite is Call a Social Worker, a Social Worker – strike from the list as probably already written (check the archive – ah ha the archive)
• Learning Labs – a blog about using IT in social work. (Food for thought?)
• Micro-researchers – no idea how this got on the list (a visual blog?)
• The last one is itemised as Coventry has Form. The note to self (or social care) reminds not to be complacent, nor frozen and of the vitality of celebration. Places are characterised by the lasting effects of events - there are enduring implications for the workforce. (As the social care workforce is a favoured topic maybe this is the one that should be written?).

But not just now as there is work to do.

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