I've not been very successful at blogging...as you can probably see from my previous attempts to get started....so when I came across the CPD23 Things for Professional Development programme, I thought it was a great idea and signed up immediately. Hopefully this will inspire me further and encourage me to kickstart my career planning for the future.
CPD23 is an online self-directed learning programme which has been set up by some interprising librarians and information professionals. It is based on a similar programme in the US and at Cambridge University in the UK.
The programme begins with Thing One - Blogging (more of which in a moment...)
I am currently an Information Manager working for central government working embedded in an operational delivery team. I love my job but sometimes feel quite isolated from some trends. Its not due to lack of innovation or creativity but perhaps because of working in a slower paced job area.
How do I feel about blogging?
I've previously touched on why I started blogging when I first began this blog back in 2008 - see What is all the fuss about blogging?
- Keeping informed - current awareness
- Cheap self-publishing to the masses
- Publishing information that some "traditional" publishers might want to steer clear of due to controversy
- Human creativity and expression
- Allows greater conversation
- Creating linkages
- Information in date order - has a sell by date
- An issue of vanity publishing in some cases
- Issue of reliability and trust - do we really know who is speaking? Eg case of the blogger who claimed to be Israeli lesbian
- Streams of random consciousness with little value?
- A mirrorworld where reality doesn't actually happen
Maybe the biggest reason that I have so far struggled with blogging is that I don't have an app phone with quick access to either Twitter or RSS feeds which fuel the blogging phenonomen. I also don't want to be spending my time constantly online sharing my thoughts.