Not that the Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force is a bunch of old folks (i.e. folks my age), but there seemed to be general lack of knowledge of what a “blog” is when I brought it up this morning. I know you know what one is because you are reading this.
I really dislike meetings (especially if they don’t serve coffee) so I am trying to facilitate meeting, discussion, information exchange while limiting sit-down face-to-face meting. We are at a point in our process that I think would lend itself very well to “virtual meeting”. We need to expand task force representation (deciding who is “not on board” yet, and pull in more groups and organizations involved in or interested in suicide prevention), put together a compilation of current resources (organizations, existing programs, etc.) and then decide where gaps exist in education, programs and services. I think a blog (either this one or one specifically for the task force) would be a good forum to accomplish these tasks. However, despite my enthusiasm, I think the group is more comfortable using serial, round-robin e-mailing. It will work, but I think be more time consuming and labor intensive.
I really think that blogging has potential beyond diary/journal work and could be used for “conversations” with posting and comments, collaborations, and information sharing (beyond information dispensing). We’ll see how things shake out.