Launch a group blog?
This could be a mutually inspiring way to share and develop ideas and collaborate on projects in between monthly meetings.
Posts can be very simple. Tags and categories attached to posts can help make it easy to organize and access content across multiple posts by multiple contributors.
In the WordPress nomenclature, both categories and tags are known as taxonomies. Their sole purpose is to sort your content to improve the usability of your site. Meaning when a user comes to your site, they can easily browse through your content by topic rather than browsing chronologically which is how blogs were initially setup.
What’s the difference between Categories and Tags?
“Wayfinding” might work well as a category under which tags like “Colors” and “Signage” and “Maps” would logically fall.
The Comment tool would allow for easy give-and-take among PFAC members.
Create a Facebook Group?
I’ve never done this, but launching a Facebook Group might be an easier medium for group interaction between meetings. Privacy options include: Secret, Closed, Open (Public).
Here’s an extended cut and paste from Facebook:
Create a private space
Control who sees your group
Secret: Only members see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.
Closed: Anyone can see the group and who’s in it. Only members see posts.
Open (public): Anyone can see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.
Groups for Schools
Join groups for your dorm, classes and other stuff going on around campus.
WordPress blog vs. Facebook Group–Pros and cons
Email is easier
Absolutely! But it can be uninspiring, and many of us are inundated. Also, unless Subject lines are clear and consistent, messages can fall through the cracks.
This isn’t something non-staff PFAC members need to directly address, but, looking ahead a year or two, when it comes time for us to step down and the organization prepares to recruit new patient/family council members, it might make sense to capture the group’s activities and accomplishments in a way that draws a more diverse group of individuals to the Council, including (for example) relatively more young adults fluent in social media.
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