NOTE: Have you posted a 'Resilience' screening or ACEs Science conference? Attended a great trauma-informed training? Participated in a community discussion related to ACEs science? Presented about ACEs science? If so, WE WANT YOU - to write about it in a Blog Post. When you share your accomplishments, big and small with your community it documents your successes, inspires others to get involved and do more and ignites ideas in other communities! See below for tips on how to blog and a guide to help you capture the nuggets to share.
A blog post is a lot like a Facebook (or other social media) status: it does not have to be formal writing, in fact, a casual, personal tone and personalized story is what often serves as inspiration to others reading your post. A post about an event does not have to be long. Four or five paragraphs of one sentence each will suffice (see format below); longer posts are also fine. Including as many photos as possible, including a title image; that will draw more readers to your post.
Here are some suggestions to stimulate your thinking — but please feel free to free-write your own thoughts and inspirations in your own style.
- Content Ideas
- Take a photo of the audience before or after the event to use as the title image.
- Take a selfie of the people who invited you and yourself to embed in the blog post.
- Take photos of small groups of people (two to four) and make sure you get their names and titles (best to have them write them down on a piece of paper for you). Two or three photos for an event that attracts 50 people; three or four photos for 50-100 people.
- Below are some sentences you can copy; be sure to complete the first two in order to give basic information about your presentation. If you’re drawing a blank about what else to write, completing even the remaining two sentences for your event would make a complete and informative blog post. If you’re feeling inspired, add any other relevant information.
1A. (WORKSHOP) XX people gathered to [learn about ACEs science 101] at [NAME OF EVENT] on the [MORNING/ AFTERNOON/ EVENING] OF [MONTH XX, XXXX] at [PLACE OF PRESENTATION] in [NAME OF NEIGHBORHOOD/TOWN]. The workshop was sponsored by [NAME OF ORGANIZATION].
OR 1B. (PRESENTATION BY INDIVIDUAL AT A CONFERENCE) We aren’t yet paying enough attention to racism and diversity said RYSE co-founder Kanwarpal Dhaliwal when she addressed the 100 people who convened for at [NAME OF EVENT] on the [MORNING/ AFTERNOON/ EVENING] OF [MONTH XX, XXXX] at [PLACE OF PRESENTATION] in [NAME OF NEIGHBORHOOD/TOWN]. “Just look around this room,” she said. "How many people of color do you see?”
OR 1C. (PANEL) If a McDonald’s can become trauma-informed, any business can, said [NAME, TITLE, NAME OF ORGANIZATION, LOCATION OF ORGANIZATION]. [NAME] was one of [NUMBER OF] panelists who addressed [NAME OF PANEL] at the [NAME OF EVENT] on the [MORNING/ AFTERNOON/ EVENING] OF [MONTH XX, XXXX] at [PLACE OF PRESENTATION] in [NAME OF NEIGHBORHOOD/TOWN]. The workshop was sponsored by [NAME OF ORGANIZATION].
- [THE NAME OF THE SPONSORING ORGANIZATION] wanted to [REASON FOR EVENT….learn about trauma-informed and resilience-building practice based on ACEs science OR WHATEVER THE GOAL WAS…HOPEFULLY IT INCLUDES ACES SCIENCE OF SOME SORT] because [GET QUOTE FROM REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT WHY].
- [OPTIONAL] A sentence about next steps, if there are any. e.g., The [NAME OF ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE] said they’re interested in having more people in their [COMPANY/CLINIC/SCHOOL] learn more about ACEs science and will plan another presentation. OR The [NAME OF ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVE] said they’re interested in becoming a trauma-informed [SCHOOL/CLINIC/ETC] and will join [NAME OF LOCAL ACES INITIATIVE] to learn more.
- [OPTIONAL] Quote from one of the attendees. For example: “This makes so much sense,” said [NAME OF PERSON, TITLE (IF HAVE ONE), NAME OF ORGANIZATION WORK AT OR OTHER ROLES...parent, community advocate, etc.]. “Now this explains so much of what I see in the homeless shelter.” AND/OR WHAT THEY PLAN ON DOING WITH THIS INFORMATION.
- Posting Your Blog
- Copy and post to your community site. Here’s how.
- Remember to add title image and embed photos. And ID the people pictured in a caption.
- This process will take 5-20 minutes.