I know I’ve been a little quiet in my posting lately. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed with work–2 courses in full swing, 2 courses starting up, plus several other smaller projects. Honestly, I’ve been struggling to motivate myself, both for work and for writing here.
Today I’m starting to feel better though. Di Hewson posted about what she feels are the benefits of blogging and why she’s planning to keep blogging even after her course ends:
In the short time I have been blogging I have found that I am now looking at issues in a more critical and analytical way. I plan to keep up my blogging habit, even though I have almost finished this course. I really like the way you can collect your thoughts under a tag and just go back to them later for further development.
Di is a fairly newbie blogger (yeah, I know, I haven’t even survived a year yet–who am I to talk?). I’ve enjoyed reading her posts, especially because I see a transformation in her. When she started, she seemed to just be posting for required class assignments. She questioned the value of posting regularly if she didn’t have anything to say, calling it “blogging for the sake of blogging.” But there was a moment in there where she seemed to quit worrying quite so much about having a finished product and thinking more about the process of learning through blogging.
I have to say that I have really enjoyed how Di has shared her learning process, and it is fun to see someone change over the course of a few months. Seeing her recognize the value of blogging for lifelong learning has reminded me of that too. I need to invest the time in myself and my own learning to blog.
I got some great feedback from a SME today that is motivating too. We have most of the content written for this course, and I’ve been working on putting it into html and creating interactive exercises in Captivate. This SME has great content knowledge, but her experience in online has been very limited. She’s struggled sometimes to be able to really visualize what the final course was going to look like, especially the interactivity. Now that she’s had a chance to review parts of the course in a more final form, I asked her how it felt to see the pieces coming together. She replied,
It feels superb! I love what I am seeing too! I could not have even imagined what they were going to look like and am BLOWN away.
Really, could you ask for better positive feedback? I know that I do need some of those compliments to keep me motivated (maybe that’s part of why I like blogging–lots of opportunities for feedback). It’s nice to be recognized for the work I put into the course.
Hopefully this will be enough motivation for me to be past the writer’s block and back on track. Thanks for your patience!