Overall, it's become the type of website I had envisioned early on: a resource for aspiring Ombuds and job seekers, an easy summary of links to important information, and news about comings and goings. I now feel like this blog has become a real-time annotation of the history of the field.
Some things I anticipated did not come to fruition. For example, I thought I would have the chance to visit other Ombuds and write about their offices firsthand. I thought people would submit photos of their lobbies, signage, and visitor comforts. I thought I would offer more opinion pieces. I also thought there would be a lot more commentary from readers. Instead, virtually all of the published information comes from routine searches of the internet. (I do embargo a fair amount of news, pending an organization's formal announcement.)
One happy and unexpected benefit has been the many personal connections. I have gotten to know many more Ombuds because of this blog. I hope that it has also helped build a spirit of community.
The Ombuds Blog by the numbers:
- 10 years in publication
- 42 Google followers
- 339 email subscribers
- 637 Twitter followers
- 1,149 published comments
- 4,106 published posts (one post on average every 1.12 days)
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