What’s the point in all this blogging malarky?
The people around me – my network – is one of the most precious things in my life. I love the variety – from my early life friendships, work friendships, twitter friendships, and my old-fashioned-met-face-to-face-socially friendships, to of course, family.
I love the fact that my friends range from: my cherished little nephew age 5; my talented and inspiring pals in their 20s; career go getters in their 30s; deep thinking 40 & 50 somethings; to the most fabulous and badly behaved retirees. The word ‘Network‘ has rather superficial connotations. But probably my biggest realisation has been of how amazing people are, and how wonderful it is to get to know them, just for the sake of it. And that brings its own rewards. In spades. Tony Hsieh puts it a lot more eloquently than me. The connection with blogging is that blogs are a way to connect with and meet people and have a conversation. (Oh go on, comment….it’s just a couple of clicks, I’d love it if you did).
I feel really privileged to have lived through the 4 decades when technology has changed our lives. I love things like Twitter, creating an intranet from Google Sites, or messing about on my mac. Stuff like creating a blog, changing header images and messing about with custom menus, is, very sadly to say, my idea of fun. I’m no expert at all, but I enjoy having a go.
3. Loving learning
I started off in work without a clue which direction to take. By some happy accident, after a general line management spell, I ended up a training role. That became L&D management, consultancy, 4 happy years teaching at a university, etc etc…. A couple of weeks ago I realised that I’ve been specialising in this stuff for 16 years. Crikey. I think I’ve picked up the odd thing in that time. I’m interested in it. I don’t really ever have a week go by when I don’t learn something new. I genuinely love learning. Some of the time my head hurts because I feel like an overstuffed hard drive. But hopefully I remember to access the relevant things at the right time. Anyhow, it’s one reason to blog: to sort out that poor old hard drive, and to share the things I’m excited about learning this week.
I’ve got a thing about perspective. Standing at the back of a yacht, watching it bounce about, looking at amazing scenery. Or the view from the top of a mountain. That gives perspective. Being part of a manic start up business (within a corporate). Gives perspective. Getting older. Gives perspective. Reading lots about history. Gives perspective. And sometimes I feel like I’m right at the bottom of the hill or I’m being thrown around in the waves, needing to find a better direction. Either way, a blog is place to chew over that stuff.
Writing is fun isn’t it.
That list was in no particular order. Two questions:
(a) what’s your advice for me as a new blogger? (b) if you are a blogger, why did you start?