Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blog Update

So as I have mentioned in the past, I'm trying to decide what to do with this blog. Should I restrict it to only those I know? Or perhaps I should just stop posting about personal things? Should I stop blogging altogether? As a counselor I struggle with knowing how blogging fits with me and my profession. I'm into authenticity but I also want to protect myself, my reputation, etc.

So I'm still not sure what to do. In the meantime though I have decided to experiment by starting a new blog. I long for a blog environment that would be totally counselor centered: one where counselors can share insights, techniques, experiences (respecting confidentiality of clients of course), humor, theory, reflections, research findings, struggles, resources, job opportunities, etc. The mission of the site would be to foster community and to encourage, equip, and enlighten ourselves as counselors. This would be a private, invite only blog - that is once it was established people would have to email the administrators to get permission to see the site. This would restrict readers to those the community can confirm are counselors. I've emailed a few counselors already and have gotten positive feedback on the idea.

I'm not sure the new blog would affect this one, but I'm curious to see. In the meantime, I'm hoping to get the new blog off the ground by mid February. What do you think of this idea? And any ideas for a name? And, if you are in the helping field (counselors, psychologists, therapists, pastors, etc), feel free to contact me for an invite at markwestman at gmail dot com . . .


Terry L said...

i have to change careers to read your new blog... :(

Mark said...

Hey Terry. Actually you don't need to change careers, just add one to the one you have!