When it comes to learning, it’s not about my comfort.
That is something the leader of The Aji Network has said to its members several times over the last five years, if not over the last 30.
Technology, politics, economics and demographics drift endlessly, and if we want to learn and grow, it won’t be”comfortable”.
That is, it doesn’t have to “hurt”, but comfort has nothing to do with learning.
Change means not staying the same, it means working out new muscles and developing new insights and practices.
So I am going to start in this post working through some of my struggles learning how to blog – NOT to speak of my own ability, but to share my trials and encourage your comments so we can help each other get better at this.
Actually, I started blogging back in 2006, posting maybe a dozen or so articles and getting some interesting feedback (mostly from colleagues I already knew).
Rather than sticking to it, I started thinking if my conversations were mainly with people I knew already, what were my purposes in blogging after all? [That should be worth a comment or two right there!]
So part of this series will be about how to think about various purposes… since we have to get to those as soon as possible anyway. But for now, I am just introducing an invitation to join me in talking about what we can learn together, to help each other in this.
If you have put off getting your blog going, or are experiencing similar learning “opportunities”, maybe this will be a great time to travel together. I know at least one blog from a very creative guy started up over the last week from a conversation like this.
I expect you already read others’ blogs. I expect you might even read others’ blogs about blogging. What I propose can’t be that, because I am not an expert.
Instead, I am a beginner… and in my book somebody only specifically calls him/herself a “beginner” if they are committed to learn. (That is, unless they want to swagger around as if they know something without showing any real accomplishments.)
So here are some of the areas I think about a lot as I consider my blogs:
- My intentions and purposes for blogging, besides others telling me that I “should”
- Who would be listening?
- How do I help you, and what is relevant to you?
- Which things that I write are opinions, and which can I support?
- How much is too much coverage of a topic, so that you might not comment back for me?