Archive - October 20, 2010

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How To Write A Blog
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What is a public record?

How To Write A Blog

Want to write a blog? Here is some  basic information on writing one that might be useful, (not that I listen to myself!) 10 blogging tips. Keep your blog item short. Like being in the Peace Corps, it’s: “In, Up, and Out”! No more than 750+ words. Make one point in each blog, then get off the page. Try and post 3 times a week. You want readers to know you are out there and thinking of them. Start your items with a news ‘hook’ or with a great story, then make the point you want to make. Write from the heart, and as if you are having a conversation with a close friend. Don’t try an impress the reader with your prose. Talk about yourself, what you know, and what you have experienced. Be personal and honest.  Cut open your vein and bleed on the computer. Show passion. Write in simple sentences and . . .

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What is a public record?

The history of the Peace Corps can be found in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. It abounds in books and blogs, oral histories, letters, journals, and stories we tell each other and stories told by people in Host Countries about us. Public records are  a very small but critical part of this array. I focus on public records because they are the working documents that have been used, through time and space, in the operations of the Peace Corps.  They provide a historic framework. How they have been maintained through the last fifty years has varied because of technology as well as the perspective and regulations of the various administrations.  This following is based on my understanding of current procedures. So, what is a public record? Public records are created by a government agency to order to conduct the public business. These records could include everything . . .

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