I was invited to deliver a visiting lecture on the subject “Importance of Blogging for Social Work” at Department of Social Work, Saurashtra University, Rajkot on July 27, 2011.
It was organized as a part of orientation for the new batch of students of Masters of Social Work(M.S.W.).
As you know that blogging is a very wide field. There are numerous things you can talk about it, if you have the practical experience of it. I have been into blogging field since 2008. Even before I became active in blogging I used to run a forum which had members from around the world.
As I was invited by this department, I thought of giving information useful for them instead of general blogging stuff. So, I created few points which were meant for particular use of social field. In addition to that, I also prepared few slides which gave very basic information about blogging, such as ‘what is a blog?‘, ‘what is blogging?‘, ‘primary types of blogs‘, ‘how to create a blog for free?‘ etc.
Yes, there yet many things can be added to this but looking at the duration, i.e. 1 hour for the lecture and the students who were very new to blogging, I thought to provide them with something real and practical which they can use in a practical way, if they are really interested in the field of blogging.
There was strength of around 30-40 students in the class (didn’t make the exact count ). Majority of boys and around ten girls. There were few students who seemed really interested in what I sharing with them. I sensed it by their attempt of asking questions. Girls seemed more sincere & attentive.
Few points that I shared with them about the importance of blogging for social work are:
- You get the World-wide EXPOSURE for your activities.
- An Archive of activities: You can gather the collection of your social-work at one place, for ever, for future reference such as projects, photographs, videos etc.
- It brings awareness for the CAUSE you’re working for.
- You can invite like-minded people from the world-over to work with your NGO / cause.
- You can generate FUND through Blogging.
- Through COMMENTS you can fill the gap that is required to strengthen your project.
- Both INDIVIDUAL social activist and NGO can have a Blog.
- Students can have a Group-Blog for their CLASS of DEPARTMENT displaying all the activities, write-up, photographs, competitions, awareness camps, social visits etc. For example, you can have a Group-Blog for your Department which you do maintain during your educational terms.
- With the use of add-on Widgets & Plugins you can now do the blogging in your mother tongue, in Gujarati Language.
- You may also download supported software to type in Gujarati with Unicode such as from www.Baraha.com and start blogging in Gujarati and many other languages.
- You can also EARN MONEY with professional blogging.
During the last ten minutes, I gave them something real for their mind-food and confidence build-up. I showed them the statistics of SpeakBindas.com, I talked about the exposure I received through blogging (appearance in various medias), I talked about the Limca Book of Awards that SpeakBindas has won etc. I did tell them about SpeakBindas for the reason that they should feel that this guy is talking in an exemplifying manner and not in a preaching manner!!!!
Well guys, Blogging is indeed a beautiful thing, provided you’re passionate about something.
P.S.: Dr. Pritesh Popat, faculty of this department was very supportive in inviting me & organizing this lecture.