The blog reviewed here is ‘The New Social Workers Blog‘ which is a companion to a free American online quarterly magazine ‘The New Social Worker‘ a magazine written for social worker students and recent graduates.
In terms of the presentation, the title pane is a white on blue background. The general background is a light green colour while the posts contain black text on a white background. At the bottom of the main pane, there is a Blog Archive which indexes articles according to the month they were posted. At the time of writing there are two right-hand panes. The first has a green background and contains links to sites related to the blog and magazine. The second, lower pane has a white background and links to the twitter account for the New Social Workers, as well as containing links to the blog authors, followers, a blog-roll and the RSS feed. The blog archive dates back to 2008.
The first post is written by Ms T.J who has written almost all the blog articles and here explains that she is doing a full-time Masters in social work. Ms T.J writes about her experiences both on the social work course and in her own life. We hear about the sad deaths of a number of her close friends, the completion of course work assignments, Ms T.J’s other role as a writer for a magazine amongst many other postings.
Here are just a few of the posts (and links) I liked
A post about National Social Work Month. This got me thinking. Maybe there’s a place for a National Psychiatry Day!
A post about the use of technology in social work with some comments about how web technology is already making an impact.
How the Homeless stay connected online. A post about a homeless man who runs an online forum as well as maintaining a significant online presence while sleeping under a bridge!
A link to this article on some ways in which technology is impacting on social work.
The ‘New Social Workers Blog’ gives the reader an insight into the experiences of an American social work student and it will be interesting to see how the blog progresses with the course that Ms T.J is undertaking.
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