I have written over 1100 blog posts since I started this blog in 2006. A number of those posts continue to be popular, even years after they were originally published. I have been slowly working through my archives to do updates on those older posts while continuing to post new content. These are my top 10 posts for 2020.
Top 5 Evergreen Posts
“Evergreen” posts are ones where the content continues to be relevant for multiple years. My top posts by views are all these kinds of evergreen content, although all of these have been updated in the last two years or so.
With over 13,000 views this year, this is my most popular post. “How long will it take to create this elearning?” It’s important to estimate the effort and time required for different tasks.
Over the years, many people have asked me what an instructional designer does and how to get into the field. Here’s my definition, plus examples of common tasks. This was the top post on my blog for many years, and still ranks highest of my instructional design careers series.
How much do instructional designers get paid? This post includes rates and salaries from multiple sources.
If you need to create samples, use this list to jump start your brainstorming. Target your desired audience. If you want a job creating soft skills training, create customer service samples. If you love software training, create that kind of samples.
In this post, I describe how to determine if instructional design is a good career “fit.” This is less about the skills and more about the desire; it’s about figuring out if you’d be happy working as an instructional designer. I suspect this post gained popularity this year due to the increase in teachers considering new careers.
Top 5 New Posts
Technically, none of these posts published this year are in my top 10 (which is all evergreen content that has had more time to build links etc.). However, I want to highlight my top 5 posts published in 2020.
Can you build a branching scenario in Google Forms? Yes, using the settings to go to different sections depending on the user’s response.
The free open source tool Twine makes planning, writing, and creating branching scenarios easier. It provides a simple way to create functional prototypes.
Rance Greene’s new book, Instructional Story Design: Develop Stories that Train, provides a systematic process for creating stories for training.
Use a spreadsheet of daily goals to keep track of progress, especially when you’re working on multiple elearning projects.
Watch my presentation on Streamlining Branching Scenario Planning and Design for tips on getting stories from SMEs, using branching structures, and more.
Bonus: Top Pages
In addition to the individual posts, two pages with collections of post are popular.
Because I specialize in scenario-based learning and combining storytelling with technology, I have written over 70 posts on these topics. Find examples of scenarios plus information on planning, designing, writing, and developing scenarios.
One of the recurring themes on this blog is instructional design careers. I wrote these posts from my own experiences as a job seeker, employee, former hiring manager, and now consultant.
If you’ve read this far, thank you! I appreciate everyone who reads my blog, shares posts, comments, and sends messages. This has been a hard year for everyone, but I’m glad I maintained a consistent publishing schedule in 2020. Continuing this routine of writing every week has been a steadying practice for me even when other parts of life and work have been unpredictable.