Barnet's trade union bloggers can teach Barnet council a thing or two about using social media to get their message across and communicate with 'constituents'. Tigmoo.co.uk, the network for UK union blogs and bloggers, has announced its top 25 union blogs for 2009.
The site run by Barnet Unison is at number 24 and the SaveVestas blog which I have helped to run for the three months it has existed is at number 4.
There are two reasons why SaveVestas has done so well - (1) a lot of work has gone into it, and not just mine - there is a small team of us contributing in different ways; (2) it reflects an important campaign which has had a big impact on the labour and environmental movements, and certainly on the Isle of Wight.
In short, lessons for Mike Freer to help him with his lamentable 'Leader Listens' blog:
(1) blogs don't write themselves;
(2) blogs need a reason to exist beyond simply showing that the blogger - in this case, Barnet council's leader - has a blog.
The campaign on the Isle of Wight is not over yet. So I shall continue to be just part-time on this my own blog, but hopefully for not much longer!