Lessons learned from writing a blog

When this new year started, I promised to write a blog nearly every week, reflecting on all sorts of lessons and ideas in the learning field. I planned to write it every Sunday morning – a chance to look back on what I learned or observed or thought about the past week. Great intentions! What got in the way?
Life – activities that occurred on Sunday mornings keeping me from my appointed task.
Ideas- I didn’t want to write about just anything and truly wanted to be inspired.
A one way monologue – it Is interesting this whole social media post idea with no feedback guaranteed.
Desire – I guess the desire wasn’t there to write in a sense 52 chapters.
Other interests – I wanted to keep this blog limited to learning, not all my thoughts about life and what’s going on in the world. Had I opened it up, you would be reading commentary on so many other areas.
So now what? I am going back to writing, but I will give myself a bit of a break. Break one: this will appear at least every 14 days. Break two: I may deviate from learning, or at least stretch the topic. Break three: I will refer to others’ whom I think are writing really interesting stuff you should know about.
So let me take this break to plug a few other blog writers I’ve enjoyed reading: Adam Shames’ Innovation on My Mind.  http://innovationonmymind.blogspot.com/  Adam doesn’t appear to have a schedule. Sometimes he’ll put two or three blogs out there in a week, often with resources or other places he will refer you to. Jeanne Meister’s Learning Playbook blog – I’ve admired Jeanne’s writing and innovations in the field of learning and corporate universities. She’s worth a read if you haven’t read her.  http://newlearningplaybook.com/    Lenn Millbower’s Learnertainment blog. I’m not sure what truly qualifies as a blog but Lenn, a former Disney instructional designer, musician, and creator of offbeat learning provides many creative concepts to anyone who wants to grab attention of an audience.   http://www.offbeattraining.com Jay Cross’ Internet Time log – another person who is a leader in the world of informal learning, Jay has been at the frontlines with his observations and perspectives for quite a while.  http://www.internettime.com/   So there you go – some learning resources that I think will propel all of us as the world exits this recession sometime in the next year and the need for learning really ramps up as everything accelerates.
And I’m back dear reader, whoever you are! Keep in touch and let me know when something I say causes a reaction from you and enjoy this renewed blog.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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3 Responses to Lessons learned from writing a blog

  1. Don Sandel says:


    Great to see that you’ve not only given your blog life again but that you’ve given yourself a few breaks. Many times we are inspired to live up to our own Himalayan standards but find we are much more effective when those standards are sprinkled with a dose of realism. For those of us who know you, we are glad to see this as you have much to offer out in the blogosphere. One topic suggestion might be related to the growing (exploding?!) world of social media, especially in its relevance to those of us in the training/performance world. Welcome back ! –Don

  2. When I started my blog earlier this year, I also set a goal to write an entry each week. I have managed to achieve that goal, so far. But I do worry about a few things… Seriously, how long can I keep this up? When will the inspiration to come up with the next subject fail me? Does anyone out there give a darn? Wouldn’t I keep writing even if they didn’t? I still don’t know the answer to these questions, but I keep thinking about them.

    I do think that many life experiences can generate business observations, opinions, and advice. So as long as I keep getting out and about and involved in things, I will continue to be compelled to blog.

    Keep blogging, Howard, we are out here reading!

  3. Jay Cross says:

    Howard, I’ve been blogging for more than 10 years and am never at a loss for words. Keep it up! After a while, blogging becomes the most natural thing in the world.


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