Dan Slee, someone who I admire enormously, listed me in a blog post about seven links from his blog and five bloggers he likes. I once tweeted that following Dan on Twitter makes you more intelligent, so I took it as a huge compliment. The idea of posting seven links is you share older posts that deserve a fresh airing to a new audience. (I have broken the rules slightly.)
My favourite post: I wrote this post about how to get a job in PR. It was dedicated to my then intern Meghan, but really it was for anyone who is job-hunting and it comes free with a gigantic hug.
My most popular post: A fairly recent one this - about how to convince your boss to let you give social media a go. It's my most popular by a long way, I hope because people have found it useful. Keep fighting the good fight, social media comrades. (It also has a lovely picture of the red arrows making a heart, which I took on a day out with my mum.)
A post I still believe in: Six months after I got my first in-house role I wrote this post about how agency and in-house roles differ. Looking back, I was right, (and unusually tactful about the huge volume of work!).
My first slide share post: This was actually from the first big presentation I ever did to the National Housing Federation Marketing and Communications Conference. It was about how to engage tenants through social networking. The third slide is a picture of Geri Halliwell. I used that picture to illustrate a story about when my family first got the internet. It was 1997. My dad came home with a huge computer and said: 'Kids, we're going on the internet!' About five hours later, the thing was finally set up and we logged on. (Remember the clicks and brrs of a modem?!) We all crowded round and eventually got into a search engine (this was pre-google). Dad said, what shall we search for? At the time my little sister was mad on the spice girls, so she suggested them. Dad typed it in, and, I don't know if you remember the internet at that time, but it was dominated by a particular type of site that wasn't exactly family-friendly. Put it this way, the spice girls we found weren't the ones we were looking for. ;)
My moment of clarity post: It took me a while to realise the role of employee engagement in communications, but when I did it was a light bulb moment. I wouldn't stop banging on about it at work and something must have stuck because now I've been given responsibility for it.
A post about digital inclusion which makes me feel like we haven't achieved much: I wrote this post more than two years ago about about digital inclusion work my local authority was carrying out. I'm looking after a couple of digital inclusion projects at work at the moment: Homes on the Net (a project to teach tenants to use the internet) and Networked Neighbourhoods (a project to set up a website in Low Hill in Wolverhampton). They're good but it doesn't feel like we're moving fast enough. I'm impatient for outcomes!
My post about getting started on Twitter: this was my first post that was really successful, probably because I tweeted it. (Which is ironic considering my twitter friends already know how to use twitter.) Some of it seems quaintly out of date now.
Now for my five bloggers who have inspired me, made me laugh, made me cry and taught me more about the world:
Nick Booth - as inspiration goes, for me, they come no higher than podnosh
Rob Brown (and all of the Staniforth blogging crew) - timely, punchy, relevant posts about PR and the social web.
Matthew Gardiner - Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, a great writer who gets excited by possibilities.
Sheryl Yvette - Sheryl showed me that to being true to yourself is a strength, not a weakness.
Drew Benvie - brilliant posts about the media, PR, agency life and tech