This my third attempt to sustain a blog-lets start the roll…c\Coming back to blogging has a given me some better insights.
Firstly its a different style of writing/experience – a mixture of documenating work, thoughts-journalising. But also for an unseen (at this stage audience). Its a conversation-even if most times with yourself. Prompting my return to blogging has been the conviction that as professionals we are increasingly in need to keep a portfolio of work which better defines us, outside the work institution but within the industry field. Often it will give us an opportunity to present yourself/work more openly and honestly, than you might within your own organisation, especially as we see the increasing limitations upon your own voice within any organisation. Blogs can therby become an extension of your professional profile, serving a number of purposes: to capture thoughts, reflections, store material, and in a sense present this to whoever might happen along. It s hould increasingly be used as one of the best pieces of evidence for any employer-perfect CV. It also is a way of disciplining yourself into professional reading on a daily basis (something th is being relegated to ‘your own time’) & then reflecting on this on the blog. This brings me to the audience, which is composed of those who happen along the blog, those who link thorough connection/trackbacks etc and those (probably few) who might want to regularly follow the blog.
Like Will Richardson’s comments on blogging as a a new genre-
A true blog spot is never really finished-always refined . First post is a draft. Comments build the dialogue. Transactional writing- to be interacted with and reflected on.
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Complex blogging: analysis and synthesis over time that build on previous posts , links comments.
Just swithched off moderation facility-better to keep a free flow of info than pretend that a flame will be of any consequence…
Also interesting writing knowing its an international audience out there, can’t assume local knowledge etc.
Another good series of comments on Will’s Blog