At the start of 2014 we launched the Community Voices Blog, which featured 16 bloggers from around our community writing about a range of themes and issues related to Benwood’s four focus areas. It was a grand experiment - our first attempt at using our website to provide unique information and insights about the issues we care about most. And as with any good experiment, we learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t in the context of blogging, social media and our own communication goals for the Foundation.
There is much that we’re proud of about the Community Voices blog. First and foremost, we enlisted an incredible array of smart and talented bloggers, who are all engaged in making great things happen in our city. None of them (except one) were professional writers and they all have incredibly demanding day jobs - but they all took up our challenge to write passionately about the issues that matter most to our community. From Sheldon Grizzle on our growing startup community, to Ruth Kerr on local food, and from Shayne Woods on community health issues to Monica Kinsey on music -- our bloggers covered vast range of topics and they added their own unique perspectives to the dialogue.
However, as the blog has progressed - and as our as our work as deepened within our focus areas - there are a growing number of projects, events, people, and issues that we feel should be highlighted. Going forward we’ll be using this space to talk about the work of building a great city - by focusing on the people and projects, the challenges and opportunities, the successes and lessons learned that all play a vital role in moving Chattanooga forward. We’ll even be adding in direct perspectives from staff and our President, Sarah Morgan, in a new featured post called “On Our Minds.” In short, we’ll have fewer contributors and fewer posts on a more focused set of core issues. The first post from Sarah will be coming later this week!
In the meantime, all of the Community Voices blog posts will remain on our website and we thought now would be a great time to look back over these great perspectives . It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are a few of our favorites:
- 10 Ways Millenials are Changing Chattanooga - Robert Fisher
- A Good Start - Christian Rushing
- Busted! - Edna Varner
- Exploring Our Creative Chattanooga - Adera Causey
- Their Soul Will See Mountains - Ann Coulter
We hope you find reading these posts inspiring as we do….and stay tuned for big changes to come!