Things have been very busy since I waved good bye to Beth Kanter in May.
Being an advocate for slowing down and making time for reflection, this hasn’t felt quite right. Where is the time I set aside to quietly shape ill formed ideas into something worthy of discussion? Were my gleanings just rotting away?
The longer I’ve left it, the harder it has been to restart.
Thanks to self proclaimed data nerd chris lysy from fresh spectrum this has changed.
From the twitter flow I fished up a reference to “22 bloggers with advice for researchers and evaluators, illustrated”.
After putting off staring the well structured and creatively presented post – largely because the 22 bloggers manage to share over 10,000 words of insights – I’ve just read it.
Advice from Chi Yan Lam – who is thinking about the intersection of program evaluation, design and social innovation – captures some of the thinking behind why I started blogging in 2004, and still really resonates:
I realized that the blog could be a space for my thinking. Instead of insisting on writing for an audience, I wrote for myself. I guess what this boils down to is this: Blogging is simply a platform. There are many successful models of blogging. The important thing is to make blogging goals consistent with one’s goals. Don’t Emulate. Create.
A post on blogging wouldn’t be complete without hearing from the aforementioned Beth ‘blogger extraordinaire’ Kanter, who said to chris:
Look at your blogging time as a form of professional development and a commitment to write something regularly. Don’t get caught up with making it perfect either
I’m don’t want to overdo my mental stretching. I’m feeling warmed up. Keys and finders in sync. I’ll be back.