There is undoubtedly a lot going on for our cohousing group at present. While that is actually the normal state for us to be in, it is a particularly busy time because we are working hard with our architect, Anne Thorne, to prepare our planning application and revising cash flows and business plans to take us through the development phase.
To take a holiday from all that, we thought we would update the ‘cohousing information’ page on our website. Of course, nowadays you don’t just do something like that, you blog about it too.
Once upon a time, long long ago, when websites were websites and search engines were not quite as developed as today, each website would feature a page giving links to similar information. This was a time of ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ as mutual links could increase readership of the websites concerned. You can still find these links pages in helpful websites such as http://www.colchesterguide.co.uk/links.html
So, given that, these days, anyone with a good search engine can appear to be an expert in any subject, why should we persist in providing Internet links and other relevant information? The honest answer could either be (1) to increase our search engine optimisation, or it could just be (2) trying to be helpful. And while much of cohousing news now promulgates via Twitter (are you still following me?), there are certain websites that we think are worth drawing to your attention. Our links highlight UK press articles, relevant blogs and also some academic resources. We are also quick to give credit to those pioneering authors who have produced books that anyone interested in cohousing definitely ought to read.
We do not claim to be the source of all information on cohousing and we are very happy to point people at the UK cohousing network, which does a very good job (see http://www.cohousing.org.uk/). Amongst other things, that website lists other groups in the cohousing movement.
For once, a blog can end with a direct reference to an updated page on our own website. See http://cannockmillcohousingcolchester.co.uk/want-to-know-more/
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