Oh well, at least somebody’s finding my work of use…

Posted on May 6, 2011

….pity it’s not my employer!

Regular readers will know the ongoing struggle that I am having with my organisation in terms of enabling anything beyond ‘click next’ type elearning, it will probably come as no surprise to many that I have considered letting this blog fizzle out for similar reasons as Karyn Romeis, however I have always been aware that my best chance of securing another job with a more forward thinking organisation lies with being able to demo an up-to-date knowledge of the industry. This blog enables me to do that, albeit with a constant niggling voice in my head saying “what if nobody finds this info useful” “what if I’ve misinterpreted what organisations want/need

So you’ll understand my relief to receive this tweet over the weekend from Mike Collins

@ @ It is sad to hear you're not getting but buy-in or even interest but your work is inspiring others #trustme
@MikeCollins007
Mike Collins

When I first started blogging my initial reasons (as I suspect most new bloggers will testify to) was to provide a space to reflect upon my experiences and through that reflection provide a valuable learning opportunity. However over my short blogging experience I have to admit that I now look for blogging opportunities which may be of benefit to others.

In a forthcoming podcast I’ll be chatting to some other bloggers and asking “why do they do it”, but in the meantime Dear Reader what about you?

Do you blog?

If so, why?

Do you gain ideas and inspiration from other’s blogs?

If so what?

16 Comments

  1. Craig -this seems a bit downbeat for you! Believe me, some of the topics on your blog have inspired me to collate these together in my recent communication for our recent train the trainer. From your video interview with Niall Gavin, to your podcast on QR codes, it has made me consider fresh ways to introduce relatively ‘stale’ material. I know it must seem like you’re shouting into a void-but after the enthusiasm that some in my team took up the QR podcast and ran with it-what more validation do you need! Keep up the good work!

  2. @Dames20 Hi Damian, it’s not that I feel like I am shouting into the void, as many people including your good self are kind enough to provide feedback. The blog was more directed at the refusal of those….. ‘closer to home’ who seem intent on burying their head in the sand and hoping that this this ‘technology thing’ will fizzle out…… sigh……. πŸ˜‰

  3. Craig -this seems a bit downbeat for you! Believe me, some of the topics on your blog have inspired me to collate these together in my recent communication for our recent train the trainer. From your video interview with Niall Gavin, to your podcast on QR codes, it has made me consider fresh ways to introduce relatively ‘stale’ material. I know it must seem like you’re shouting into a void-but after the enthusiasm that some in my team took up the QR podcast and ran with it-what more validation do you need! Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi Craig – I think that many of us have the same doubts; I seldom get feedback but that doesn’t mean readers don’t appreciate what is written. I don’t know if you track visitors via Google Analytics etc. but I find such data more enlightening. Stick with it- who knows, in time we may both get feedback.

  5. Arrrh! I now know why your feedback may be lacking; comments involve signing in or creating an account. That puts many people off! I almost didn’t bother. πŸ˜‰

  6. @ACLjohn Hi John, it’ s not the lack of feedback or comments that is an issue at all. I have a very good analytics plug in working with my WordPress sites, which as you’ve suggested makes for enlightening reading, it’s more the fact that all of the research and work I am doing is being completely ignored by my own employer, the point of my post was to say how pleased I am that ‘ somebody, somewhere is gaining value from it.

  7. Hi Craig,

    I saw your questions and thought I should share my thoughts on blogging.

    I have been blogging for about 6 months now and I really enjoy it. I mainly use it as a way to reflect on matters that interest me. One could ask why I need to do this in a blog, couldn’t I just do it for myself? No, not really, of course I could keep a diary where I could reflect, but the great thing with a blog is that, if what I blog about, interests someone else they can give their views on the topic and I can learn from that.

    I read a number of blogs, mainly to get inspired and learn about new tools. It’s a great way to find information that I am interested in, since blogs usually are focused on specific topics. I also like the more personal approach that blogs usually have, compared to for example professional magazines.

    To end this, I would like to direct a question to you that I have been struggling with:

    How do you keep the momentum in your blogging?
    I have for the past couple of weeks lacked inspiration. I just couldn’t come up with anything to blog about. Right now it feels like I am getting back on track, so hopefully it was just a temporary down-period.

    Best,
    Mattias

  8. @mattiaskareld Hi Mattias, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your feedback. In answer to your question about maintaining the momentum to blog, I guess I could put it down to 2 things

    a) Having the WordPress app on my HTC Desire. This allows me to start creating a post as soon as I get an idea. Sometimes this draft consists of nothing more than a title, at other times (depending on how long I have) I find that I can draft quite a lot of the content too.

    b) Spotting potential blogs in the strangest of places! All to often I find that some blogs are filled with pie-in-the-sky conceptual thinking (which is great, don’t get me wrong) but very little real-time application. It is the real world application that I try to blog about. For example today I tweeted a fairly innocent idea (and one which I thought was ‘old school’ in it’s thinking) however it attracted some interesting questions and responses… Hey Presto! a future blog was born!

    Keep an eye out for it πŸ˜‰

  9. @mattiaskareld

    Hi @mattiaskareld thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your feedback. In answer to your question about maintaining the momentum to blog, I guess I could put it down to 2 things

    a) Having the WordPress app on my HTC Desire. This allows me to start creating a post as soon as I get an idea. Sometimes this draft consists of nothing more than a title, at other times (depending on how long I have) I find that I can draft quite a lot of the content too.

    b) Spotting potential blogs in the strangest of places! All to often I find that some blogs are filled with pie-in-the-sky conceptual thinking (which is great, don’t get me wrong) but very little real-time application. It is the real world application that I try to blog about. For example today I tweeted a fairly innocent idea (and one which I thought was ‘old school’ in it’s thinking) however it attracted some interesting questions and responses… Hey Presto! a future blog was born!

    Keep an eye out for it πŸ˜‰

  10. I am a bit late to the party but seeing as I a) provided inspiration for the blog and b) am now moving from blog reader to blog commentator, I thought I would add my (long and rambling) thoughts around blogging.

    I read somewhere that whilst the ‘Read / Write’ web has brought us so much that ‘never before has so much content been read by so few’. Whilst blogging has in reality been going for ages, the easy access and tools that are now at our disposal really has meant that ‘anyone’ with an opinion or something to say can potentially push their content and provide access to potentially millions on people. Wow…..

    This of course is going to appeal to those who ‘think’ they have got something interesting to say or that they are ‘worth’ listening to regardless of topic – there are a lot of self-confessed experts that because of the web get a lot more exposure through blogging than they ever would before.

    Lets be honest though we are human, we NEED to be loved, we WANT to have people say good things about us and we all have a little something in ourselves (I think it’s called ego) that drives some people to blog. Some people only blog to satisfy their own sense of ego and have no interest in self-reflection!

    Let me be clear…this is not a reference to this blog Craig or any other fantastic blogs I have come across recently by new and old bloggers a like but I thing it’s worth noting that some people don’t blog for the ‘right’ reasons. So what are the right reasons?

    As an internal blogger for about 18 months the reason I first started blogging was because I could and I was the first to do it (ego again?) but I soon started really enjoying writing about learning within my organisation and what was happening externally and where ever possible raising awareness about things I was passionate about. I believe the right reason to create, write and sustain a blog is passion, plain and simple.

    Regardless of the topic if you talk with passion in your belly and have a genuine desire to learn about yourself , to tell others about your passion and to share this passion then it doesn’t matter if you have 1 reader or 1 million readers. It is the passion however that then inspires others to read your blog and want to learn and share with you both about topics of interest and experiences. No-one should ever be ‘nervous’ about people NOT being interested in what they have to say as long as the reasons from the blog in the first place were right.

    I have only come to appreciate this more recently, having met with more like minded people and people who share these passions both internally and externally. Blogging allows you to connect to people who ‘get you’ and also want to share the same passions as you. Through this, great and stimulating conversations can happen that can provide more light bulb moments or just an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas that you wouldn’t always get the opportunity to do.

    This is also the reason why I’m going from blog reader to blog commentator to become more involved with people I’ve met who share my passions and interests and to try and learn from these people on my own journey.

    What do you think Craig am I making sense or should I stick to just reading blogs lol?

    Mike

  11. @Mike Collins Hi @Mike Collins Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post, but more to the point well done in moving from a legitimate peripheral participant (lurker to most people) to a contributor.

    I agree with everything that you have said, particularly in terms of how blogging (and let’s be honest commenting on blogs too) can add great value to your network. Who knows that comment that you have just been kind enough to leave may spark an idea in some way shape of form in somebody else, it may even convince other people to make the move from ‘reading’ to ‘commenting’ to…… well we both know what’s next eh?

    So I guess in answer to your final question, please don’t just stick to reading blogs, if you feel that the subject has in some way connected with you (for whatever reason) then why not comment, who knows what might happen next…

    As a slight aside, did you know that if you type somebody’s Twitter ID into this commenting system it will alert them that you have mentioned them in a post, so it is a great way of asking other people to join in the conversation that you think may be interested, what do you think @Dames20 ?

  12. Hi mikecollins007 Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post, but more to the point well done in moving from a legitimate peripheral participant (lurker to most people) to a contributor.

    I agree with everything that you have said, particularly in terms of how blogging (and let’s be honest commenting on blogs too) can add great value to your network. Who knows that comment that you have just been kind enough to leave may spark an idea in some way shape of form in somebody else, it may even convince other people to make the move from ‘reading’ to ‘commenting’ to…… well we both know what’s next eh?

    So I guess in answer to your final question, please don’t just stick to reading blogs, if you feel that the subject has in some way connected with you (for whatever reason) then why not comment, who knows what might happen next…

    As a slight aside, did you know that if you type somebody’s Twitter ID into this commenting system it will alert them that you have mentioned them in a post, so it is a great way of asking other people to join in the conversation that you think may be interested, what do you think Dames20

    I agree with everything that you have said, particularly in terms of how blogging (and let’s be honest commenting on blogs too) can add great value to your network. Who knows that comment that you have just been kind enough to leave may spark an idea in some way shape of form in somebody else, it may even convince other people to make the move from ‘reading’ to ‘commenting’ to…… well we both know what’s next eh?

    So I guess in answer to your final question, please don’t just stick to reading blogs, if you feel that the subject has in some way connected with you (for whatever reason) then why not comment, who knows what might happen next…

    As a slight aside, did you know that if you type somebody’s Twitter ID into this commenting system it will alert them that you have mentioned them in a post, so it is a great way of asking other people to join in the conversation that you think may be interested, what do you think dames20

  13. Haha, I started LearningRocks about 4-5 years ago and I was considered the novelty blogger in the office – my name mentioned as being the crazy one in to all these esoteric faddy online ideas. I worked at an elearning production company…

  14. @danroddy danroddy LOL! I suspect that many of them now have eggs on their faces! Are you the only one in your current org who has an online presence, or are there others?

  15. Hi Craig,

    Glad to see you’re on the same wavelength as me, especially since you’re helping to run the C4LPT course I’m about to get involved in! I too am wondering how many people in my organisation are daring to question the meaning of e-learning – though there are a few I’m sure, especially as I make an effort to be more vocal. I’ve started up a blog (http://jimmyhob.blogspot.com/) to collect my thoughts as I try to break that staus quo, perhaps you’d be interested in Cathy Moore’s blog (http://blog.cathy-moore.com/)?

    Best wishes,

    James

  16. @CraigTaylor74 It’s telling that they later hired one of the best and most prominent elearning marketeers I know of who is now doing a great job of filling in the gaps in the company presence. As for my current employers, no, I am again the novelty online person, but at least I have been partly hired for that purpose and I am allowed and expected to pull them forward in that regard.

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