The interview for the New Social Worker

Today I was interviewed by Karen Zgoda for a column she writes called “SW 2.0” in the social work publication, “The New Social Worker”.  Here’s the full content of the interview, which sheds some insight on why I started this blog and how I came into blogging as a whole.  When the article comes out, I’ll put a link up to it.  Sorry for the formatting problems.  WordPress is being cranky today.

1. Why did you start blogging?  Why did you start a social work blog?
The social work blog that I use right now is https://nateprentice.wordpress.com.  I started it up after I made the decision to leave public social work to enter private practice.  I am using it as a tool to help with advertising my practice and to keep in contact with prospective and current/previous clients and referral sources.  It is part of an effort with http://www.nateprenticetherapy.com and http://www.psychchoices.com to reach out to prospective clients.  I have only recently really started the practice, so activity on it is relatively new.  As of today, it has had 312 hits, but it is doing its magic, as the hits are growing.  Right now it features a number of articles on various topics related to mental health and other topics including how to meditate for stress reduction and mood management, mood charting, saying goodbye to coworkers at work, news about the practice’s development, etc.  I see it as an advertising tool, but also a public service.
2. What have you learned or gained, if anything, from blogging?
In a sense, I started a blog of sorts back in the 90’s before blogging really came out.  I was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania who found a spare moment to breathe.  Being bored with said spare moment, I created a website for social work jokes.  The jokes included such good ones as, “How many social workers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”  ” One to screw it in, three to form the support group, and one to help with placement.”  The original website is now defunct, but it has been resurrected at http://www.socialworkchat.org in the Social Work Humor section, which I moderate.

I also have a private blog on my spirituality and bagpipe playing which I have been using since Halloween of 2003.  Over the years, I have made great friends through its use.  This is the blog that has really helped me get into blogging.

From my personal blog, I have grown spiritually over the years through meeting other people and interacting with them.
With the new social work blog, I have only really been active with it for the past 2 weeks or so.  I maintain a diet of putting one blog entry up per day with the two rules that it has to be of benefit to another person, and, where possible and appropriate, it must show prospective clients that I am an approachable human being.  I have learned that it is important to try to find your audience when putting up blog entries for advertising purposes.  I’m working on that aspect right now as I develop the blog.
3. What other social work blogs do you read, if any?
I do read http://blog.swprn.com, the Social Work, prn blog.  There were a couple of times in my career when I benefitted from using Social Work, prn, which is a social work temp agency.  The blog talks about various issues related to social work and it is also a way to keep in touch with my former employers who were great.
4. What do you want others to know about social workers who blog?

Blogging is a great way to meet new people and to discover aspects of yourself through writing.  It can also be a good tool for sharing information with others, a social work function.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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2 Responses to The interview for the New Social Worker

  1. Rob Plotkin says:

    Thanks for the plug, Nate!

  2. Nate Prentice says:

    No prob.

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