So what happened?! This blog started (reasonably) well… but then no new posts for well over a year! :-S I’m not sure I know the exact answer, but it lies somewhere between me, my personality type, the changing nature of my job and the not insignificant emergence of Twitter. When starting out this workblog, I attempted to set myself some groundrules… and typically I broke them! It was meant to be a trial, and, as with most trials, some things worked but others didn’t.
So, what worked? First, getting into the habit of reflecting and writing was a positive experience (and one that i’ve continued in a more private space). However, writing posts needs time, and I soon found that I didn’t have much of that. This is a common reaction people have when asked to blog, “When do I find the time?”, and despite my attempt to “make time” my experience was that it got eaten into by other tasks deemed to be of a higher priority. Actually, thinking back, the majority of my posts were written on train journeys, taking advantage of time when travelling around the country. Indeed I find the train a good place to get stuck into more creative work and brainstorming ideas. Perhaps it’s the feeling of grabbing opportunities for peripheral tasks, or perhaps it’s simply my positive reaction to the changing landscape out the window, i’m not sure. (My back is to the window at my desk in the office, btw. Not an inspiring place to work unfortunately!) And yes, i’m writing this on a return journey from London!
So, what now? Well, i’m keen to return to my workblog and endeavour to post to it again. The good ship Netskills moves on and there is now a general acceptance that personal blogging is an important and positive communication activity and, most importantly, that time can be booked out to write posts. Indeed that leads onto a statement I made recently along the lines of, “I spent so much time typing… but so little actually writing.” How many people can relate to this? Alarm bells should be going off for anyone who spends their day suffocating underneath an avalanche of email, not quite getting onto the report, book chapter or blog post that needs writing. Twitter (which I think is a fabulous communicative tool that’s being used in all sorts of innovative ways!) is also partly to blame… Very quickly we’ve got used to writing and consuming 140 character tweets. I ask myself, how many of the 700 odd tweets i’ve written over the last year could have been developed from a quick idea or reaction into a fuller, short blog post?