It’s just over three months since I started the interactions blog and last week I penned the last entry in a personal blog I’ve been writing for three years so it’s about time for some review and reflection I think. I suspect that the things I’ve learned from blogging (reading, writing and commenting) are lessons that will continue to stand me well in all areas of life. But for now, here’s what I think I’ve learned so far:
Find your voice – It takes time to find your voice. It took me the guts of a year to settle into the personal blog – I’d experimented with all kinds of ways of telling my stories and decided at the end of it all that I was writing for myself and if someone else found me interesting then they would listen in and chat back. I’m still struggling with this space in that regard. I guess it’s a bit like starting a new job – you know where the desk and water cooler are but you have to sit it out a bit to find out when and where to make a contribution!
Stay connected – I realised that at the end of three years with the personal blog I had said what I wanted to say and I didn’t want to continue filling in blanks on a web space just because that’s what I’d always done. It was a tough decision to make but ultimately the right one. Likewise with this space – I’ll write when the muse strikes and if I find that I’ve nothing more to say then I’ll re-invent myself or move on.
Talking to yourself is a good thing – that’s effectively what I did on the personal blog and I guess to a certain extent what I’m doing here. It’ll take a while to build a readership (and I’m delighted to say that’s growing so thank you to the faithful regulars who stop by). But if I’m not interested in what I’m writing about – how can I expect anyone else to be?
Be yourself – this is connected to all of the others but it’s particularly relevant in the world of business blogging. I’m very conscious of audience in this space…much more than I was while writing a personal blog. What happens if I screw up royally in public here? How the heck can you hide? And of course this is precisely why I started a business blog – so I can actually be and show myself (Believe me I have the suit and formidable glasses for the other occasions as well!).
It’s all about the space between – regardless of whether I’m consulting, training, coaching, having lunch or reading the newspaper – life happens in the spaces between people and blogging is my way of creating a mechanism for more in-between spaces. For now I’ll stuggle on with the other stuff but every time someone comments or takes up something I’ve said in another forum or offers me the opportunity to do that here I count my blessings.
So that’s the current list of learnings…continually being added to of course but not a bad way to start the second trimester of business blogging?