My first interaction with the community of social work bloggers that I've found here was with this post on New Media at Fighting Monsters. After finding this, I got more and more intrigued and hemmed and hawwed about starting my own. I had blogged before with limited success (being measured in how fast my interest waned) and didn't want to start until I was going to do it "successfully".
In my short time here, I feel I've learned a lot from all the other social work bloggers. However, I've found another resource for learning about social work from blogs.
In my quest to find MORE social work bloggers, I've used Google's blog search. When you use that page to search "social worker", you get the usual suspects, but I've also found some other interesting things. There are many mentions of people who have interactions with social workers and what they think about them. I think this is a valuable tool for us to learn how we're perceived and what we can do better...and also what we're good at!
I've found many examples, but this post on a blog titled Am I Still Ill? struck me as particularly important. In the post, the author states:
My son’s social worker is at fault, for not making the position clear to me when I saw him a few weeks ago. My son gets on very well with Robert, he is a genuinely nice guy. Maybe too nice to be a Children and Families social worker. As part of the job you have to do a lot of stuff that just isn’t nice, no matter what spin you put on it. I think he finds it hard to say the tough things that have to be said.What great insight. And this takes me back to myself. I've been known to be "too nice". Will I be able to play the bad guy roles as well as the good guy roles? I think to do this, you have to be more and more comfortable with yourself (myself). I'm getting there. After reading this, I'll definitely be more aware that all the roles are important!
I'll definitely be checking in more in "other" blogs to see what other learning I can pick up.