NRC’s Blog Celebrates Its First Birthday

It was one year ago that the NRC unveiled its first foray into social media with this blog. We didn’t know how it would be met – and weren’t entirely sure what we were doing. But we were hopeful the blog would give us a new avenue to educate and inform the public about what the NRC does, and provide a place for meaningful dialogue with the public.

We were extremely happy with the response from Day One. It far outweighed our expectations. We also quickly realized that we couldn’t – and shouldn’t – restrict comments just to the topics we were covering. With the OK of Chairman Jaczko, we created the Open Forum section, which allows all readers to talk, vent, question, praise or criticize about any NRC-related topic on their mind.

In our first year, we put up about 150 posts, which generated almost 1,000 comments and 170,000 views. By far the most popular were those posts that went up in March, in response to the events in Japan. Other topics garnered attention, too – the North Anna earthquake, the River Bend flooding, Open Government and the lessons-learned from Fukushima.

We want to thank you for taking the time to read this blog. We hope we’ll continue to earn your attention in 2012. The blog is now also joined by Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, and we hope you’ll access those sites as well.

And, as always, we welcome your comments. Let us know what topics you’d like covered in the future or any way we can make this blog more interesting and relevant to you.

Holly Harrington
Blog Moderator

Author: Moderator

Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

6 thoughts on “NRC’s Blog Celebrates Its First Birthday”

  1. I think your blog and social media has opened up many avenues for the NRC and others to educate and inform the public with more interaction and convey their message to a broader audience. Good work so far on the blog.

  2. Very necessary in times, were we should be building hundreds of nuclear power plants while the public knowledge about nuclear power is so poor, fear based instead of fact based.

    It is time to get off the imports of fossil fuels, save the hundreds of billions now paid for the imports and put them to a better use. As a side effect air pollution would be reduced.

    Do more of this!

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