Winner of Most Inspiring Leadership Blog, Tim Gough, shares that knowing how isolating youth work can be lead him to create his winning blog and why getting an idea wrong just means that you have to change direction.
What inspired you to create Youth Work Hacks?
Youth work can be incredibly isolating, but I think blogging is an amazing way for youth workers to connect up. I think every youth worker should get into the blogging-sphere! That said, I wanted Youth Work Hacks to be a little different. It’s a bit like a cheeky life hack website; its there to look at graspable ways building solid foundations in strategy and theology; with some fun titbits and odd ideas thrown in along the way.
What was your first reaction when you heard you won the award for Most Inspiring Leadership Blog?
Gobsmacked, as my very northern mum would say. It took me a second to register. It was just great to be there, but the other finalists were so brilliant that I didn’t come with high expectations.
What does winning this award mean to you?
It’s great to see some recognition for all the hours that goes into it. The team and myself do work hard at maintaining a high standard on the blog, and its fantastic to get a boost from this award.
How has winning the category impacted your work?
Youth Work Hacks also runs regular training, and it’s great to be able to say that there’s an award behind the content that goes into that training. It’s also just a great reminder that there are real people reading behind the hit counter, and real lives being affected.
What are your plans for Youth Work Hacks in 2017?
We are always looking to develop our guest writing section, so in 2017 we’ll be putting together some more stories from youth workers around the world. We’re also going to take some camera gear into some amazing youth work projects and get them to share some ideas through video-cast. Finally, we will try to develop the training side more by creating some online packages for people who can’t attend sessions. Should be fun and packed!
How important is the Premier Digital Conference in today’s modern Christian community?
It’s an epic group of people. With culture being increasingly digital, it’s so important to contextualise our message of Jesus into that medium, without totally throwing the towel in on face-to-face relationships. Premier Digital seems to strike that balance pretty solidly!
What advice would you give to Christians with a digital project or idea that they want to launch?
It’s better to start somewhere, get it wrong and then change direction – rather than never get it started because you wanted to ‘get it right’. Get the sail up and start moving, you can always course-correct later!
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