It’s been just over 100 days since this blog was started. Below are my top 10 observations. I hope you’ll find them valuable.
1. It’s difficult to put yourself out there but easier to connect with others once you have.
2. Writing is easier than writing & formulating an opinion and both are difficult in the fast-paced environment of blogging.
3. Blogging makes me feel as if my clothes are too big and I’m trying to grow into them. This is a good thing. No one wants tight clothes : )
4. There is a palpable difference between reading/lurking and writing that I had not fully anticipated. The difference is in the learning experience. If I were to return to a corporate training job I would blog and get others blogging. Culture be damned!
5. More learning takes place when you blog (and respond) with sincerity and thick skin.
6. I use “I” too much. [Note to self: Use of first person – listen to MS Word & consider revising…unless post is about debriefing myself – good grief.
7. Managing the gray area of business and “just Janet” is always just under the surface when writing as an employee.
8. The good bloggers have a style and stick to it – some blog about personal experiences, some give opinions and ideas on things found, news bloggers aggregate for their niche; some are true experts in the space. There are many good bloggers in the education/training space. The connections among the corporate and K-12/higher education spaces offer tremendous potential for growth.
9. Blogging technology is easy to use. You can experiment and recover from mistakes easily. Even widget-itis. There is a widget for everything. If not, ask someone and they’ll make you one. There is probably an”I” widget.
10. Blogging is time-consuming; both reading and writing and is sometimes not viewed as real work.
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