Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Back in the Saddle!

I have wanted to get back to blogging for quite some time, but haven't taken the time to do so. In fact, I just recently finished reading Hacking Leadership. While reading, I wrote some reflections but for some reason used paper and pen. (Those who know me are probably picking themselves up off the floor after reading the "paper and pen" part of that last sentence!) But this week is the week to get back in the saddle, the blogging saddle!

I am participating in the Innovator's Mindset Massive Online Open Course, or #IMMOOC, and reading The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. Within the first three days of #IMMOOC, I have already been inspired by the facilitators in this YouTube Live event, as well as all of the educators sharing their thoughts to the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. One of my favorite takeaways from the YouTube chat was from author, AJ Juliani. He stressed the importance of the learning process when innovating, rather than the final, polished product. Perhaps this is why I haven't blogged in a while ... too focused on the polished post rather than getting my thoughts and ideas down to share them with others. Yikes! Because I was so focused on a polished product (i.e. blog post), I haven't shared any ideas or reflections, much less inspirations in quite some time. Thus, I've become a hoarder of information. Am I benefiting myself or anyone else by hoarding instead of sharing? Isn't the reflection piece a key component to truly synthesizing what I've learned?! I know this, yet I haven't been practicing this and modeling this for others. Well, the "buck" (cheesy horse pun intended!) stops here! I'm back in the saddle and am committing to blogging at least once a month! After all, we learn from those who share and I want to be a contributor to my PLN, not just a consumer. (George Couros eloquently reiterates the importance of sharing over on his blog. You can read it here.)

6 comments:

  1. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is getting back on the blogging horse, inspired by the #IMMOOC. I'm not sure why I stopped blogging because I really got so much from it. I'm hoping this MOOC will be the catalyst to get me started again too. I'm glad you shared your honest reflection on the challenges of hitting "publish" when you are worried about it not being polished enough. Good luck with your mission to kickstart your habit. I look forward to reading more (imperfect) posts over the coming weeks.

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    1. Thank you for your feedback and encouragement, Jane. I look forward to experiencing IMMOOC with you!

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  2. A great opener! Welcome back...I'm excited to read your posts and learn! You have so much to share that will benefit others. I know I learn from you on a regular basis!

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    1. Thanks friend! You are an inspiration to me with your weekly posts!

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  3. April,
    I love your comment about focusing too much on the "polished post". This is so me. I am going to take this challenge with you. I know that we all get better, when we all get better!! I haven't blogged about IMMOOC yet, but my blog is karendnorton.wordpress.com. Look for a post soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Karen, thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to jumping over to your blog to read your thoughts from IMMOOC.

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