I used to think blogging was a great vehicle for sharing a teachable point of view. Period. I had no idea how much I would learn about myself or that its impact would spill over into my offline life. The brilliant idea that motivated me to create a blog was this: to promote social networking as a leadership development tool. And so I started writing. Little did I know the unexpected lessons were about to begin.
1. Becoming a better communicator
My first posts were too long. I didn’t realize this until I had published 6 or 7 and took the opportunity to read them in succession. My writing was ok but the reasoning was disjointed in places which made it difficult to follow. I even got a little bored – not a good sign when you are reading your own work! My writing improved almost immediately. Subsequent posts were shorter and to the point. This freed me to publish more often. Best of all, this awareness has improved my conversational skills because I’ve become better at crystallizing my thoughts.
2. Focusing on the bigger picture by identifying what’s most important
The more posts I wrote, the more my teachable point of view expanded. To accommodate this expansion I started a second blog. This proved to be a big mistake as I now felt twice the pressure to publish. I finally scrapped the second blog and overhauled the original one to reflect a larger view of what is most important to me: leading with passion. I still write about social media as a teaching tool but it’s just one topic among many focused on leadership development.
3. Shifting from caring about what others think to focusing on where I can bring value
It sounds silly to say but I used to censor my writing based on how others might perceive it. I wasted a lot of time creating diplomatic phrasing and ended up with watered-down messages. This lesson took the longest to learn and has proven to be the most valuable. Today when I blog — I am who I am. I allow my compassion and caring for others to come through in my writing but I don’t let it get in the way of what I have to say.
4. Appreciating the geek within
I love playing with themes, HTML and widgets on WordPress. It gives me great pleasure to create well written and well designed pages. It’s a total escape from the corporate world and regenerates me. There’s no denying the obvious – I am a geek and it makes me happy.
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