- Bite the Bullet
- Hold Hands
- It's not a one-way street
- Review and Reflect
Friday, 27 April 2012
A Year in the Blogosphere
I want to acknowledge here and thank a great bunch of people who offered their support and advice then, and continue to do so now - Mandy Randall-Gavin (@ MandyRG), Kate Graham (@ KateGraham23), Stephanie Dedhar (@ StepanieDedhar), Lisa Johnson (@ TuppyMagic), Craig Taylor (@ CraigTaylor74) and Colin Steed (@ ColinSteed) - all of whom write and publish their own excellent blogs, which I thoroughly recommend to you.
...it's a two-way street! Engage, don't pontificate. I am thrilled when someone takes the trouble to read one of my blogs in the first place, but even more excited when they comment. I will always try to respond (room for development here, I think) and then we are in dialogue. A recent blog by David Goddin (@ ChangeContinuum) touched very effectively on this subject http://peopleperformancepotential.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/pseudo-intellectual-blog-bomb-of.html
Review and Reflect...
I've gone back and re-read my 20-blog output over the last year, and I see a definite change in them. My early blogs were a tad forced, contrived even, when I felt unsure of my own voice or what I wanted to talk about ("Don't over-think them" was the advice from a seasoned blogger here). However, when I was inspired or - as importantly - energised or empassioned about the topic, they flowed more naturally and with more authenticity. People notice that kind of stuff, and comments and feedback from my great #PLN confirm that fact ("It read much more 'conversational' and as such, I found it easier to read" was a recent comment from another experienced blogger).
Oh, one thing I do think I do well (feel free to challenge) - I write great, catchy Titles. I like puns and I try to make my headlines intriguing, walking the middle line between being too clever or too pompous. Like I said, feel free to challenge that one!
My key learning points?
I've written some of them already as the sub-headings in this blog. But here they are in a convenient, take-away sized bullet list.
So here we are; the end of my 21st - but not my last - blog. Thanks for taking the time to read this one. Now let's talk...