lucky 13

Today marks 13 years of blogging here, with 2,901 posts. I have just returned from 3 weeks in Europe, working with several people and organizations who first connected through my blog. Next month I will be contributing to the Arts in a Digital World Summit because the organizers found me through this blog. The ability for anyone to publish their work to a global audience is one of the most important attributes of the web and our digital world: for better and worse. In spite of the rise in fascist thinking and post-truth moments, being connected can be liberating for humanity. However, it will always be a work in progress, like democracy. I am deeply thankful for our connected world, remembering what it was like before the web, and for the many friends and colleagues I have gained over the past 13 years.

Here are a few of my thoughts on blogging over the years.

2006: I’m also finding that this year I have not had to go out and market my services. All of my projects to date have been referrals and I believe that this is partly due to my blog. I continue to promote blogging for free-agents, and those considering going out on their own, as the most effective marketing tool there is.

2007: I can’t imagine stopping this blog, as it’s been a wonderful way to take my half-baked ideas and get some great input from a worldwide community. I must say that I have been the primary beneficiary so I’ll continue to selfishly plug away.

2009: I’ve also taken up micro-blogging on Twitter this past year and that is enabling different kinds of conversations. What might have been a few comments here are now many 140-character tweets. This blog is still central to my Web presence but I have other windows on the world now.

2010: The ability to publish anything at anytime has been not only empowering but enlightening. I have learned so much from so many people, especially other bloggers, and I truly appreciate all the comments added to my own, often half-baked, thoughts.

2011: I have tried to keep this blog true to my principles and beliefs but still professional and courteous. I cannot say the posts here have a neutral point of view. I was an advocate of open source software before it was popular with the mainstream. I have commented on oligopolistic practice, suggested that the LMS is not the centre of the universe and have advocated for de-schooling. While not radical, this blog has not been corporate mainstream either. Of course, there is always a price to pay for that, as I continue to learn. However, I cannot see how I could remove myself from my online life. For instance, I never comment online under a pseudonym. My writing reflects me and nobody else, though I try to be restrained and provide balance.

2014: Given the usefulness of blogs, it’s amazing that many professionals still cannot be bothered with them.

6 Responses to “lucky 13”

  1. Barbara Fillip

    I would like to echo your comments about the value of blogging. I have found it useful and rewarding in itself for the past 14 years regardless of how many people read what I posted. My public blog has been a personal project, not attached to any employer. I’ve also blogged at work, internally, which is a much more targeted audience and different purpose. Both have been enjoyable.

  2. Hugh Aitken

    Thank you for sharing your thoughtful writing with us all. I have found your comments a useful basis for reflection and your workshop on PKM a great start to a long apprenticeship.


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