i recently heard someone make the comment that nothing changes until you change. well after frustrating the heck out of myself trying to find work as a learning professional in the desert, my partner and i decided that it was time to change the equation. so we packed up a rental truck, loaded the car onto a tow dolly, piled diva the dog into the cab and drove 3800 miles to move to the boston area. as jay cross put it to me, “good move, dave. beantown thrives; palm springs is great for retirement.” having lived here for 16 years, i’m hoping my connections will make finding a job in learning a bit easier.
so, it may be a bit colder here. ok, alot colder! and it might be snowing. although check out the picture i took from the park near our apartment in palm springs two days before we left! and yes, we’ve both come down with winter colds due to the change in climate. but hey, we’re making the changes we need to make change work for us.
isn’t that the big challenge in dealing with change afterall?
so here’s to risk taking and a new year that some young dude from Illinois promised all of us in the united states would be filled with change. now excuse me, i need to go shovel my car out of a snow bank!!!!
another interesting bit of data is a listing of the most popular posts on eelearning since i moved over to wordpress. i’m pleased to see that my posts regarding exemplars in elearning are numbers 1 and 2. What astounds me is that in 4th is my my post on learning theory resources, my very first post to eelearning. in 5th is my 3rd post which was links to evaluation resources.
As I said in my last post, it would seem to show, at least among my readership, that people are at least as much interested in content as they are currency. It also suggests to me that perhaps i should update those posts – because I have added to my personal list of learning theory resources and evaluation resources. Most can be found in my delicious account. But some are trapped in my browsers bookmark lists.
my little hiatus from blogging over the past six months provided me with a number of interesting issues to contemplate, but the one that caught me most off guard was this question:
do readers really care if i post or not?
why would i ask this question? a quick look at some of my blog statistics for eelearning will clue you in.
Here’s a chart of the activity on eelearning here on wordpress. I my last post before my sabbatical was the middle of September. But readership of eelearning continued to grow through November. hmmmm. Makes you begin to wonder.
Add to this that my stats counter on my typepad account is still counting away and has shown steady readership there, even though I haven’t posted a new post on that verson of eelearning in almost a year now!
What I take from all of this feedback is two fold. One, many blog readers aren’t obsessed with what is being written every day. Blogs for many web users are resource sites and it doesn’t really matter whether the content they are seeking and finding was published yesterday or last year. Two, moving a blog and getting your readers to change their blogrolls and bookmarks is a very difficult task as well. if you obsessed about reader statistics, then make sure you have a comprehensive plan to migrate your readership before you move.
Dave, Interesting statistics. I like the insight they provide in terms of readers treating the blog as a resourse. I think it also speaks to the valuable postings you have on your blog or the readership would have not returned for “reference” material.
i couldn’t resist. the other day when i was writing my big question post, various axioms kept popping into my head. you know those annoying phrases that people put on posters, plaques, post-its, pens, and other promotion prizes? so here’s a whole list of axioms to clutter up your next powerpoint presentation.
(some of these are original to me – i think. some come from the leaders i mentioned in my previous post – and may or may not be original to them. others i’ve heard somewhere, bit don’t remember the source. if you own the rights to any of these slogans, please be kind and don’t sue me!)
you’ll always have too much on your plate, so learn to delegate.
micro-manage at your own peril. your employees will hate you and you’ll be exhausted.
never punish honesty.
the company grapevine is for listening. make sure you can hear it.
learn. in every moment. in every crisis. in every victory. learn.
everyone learns from failure.
learning when to let someone fail is one of the hardest lessons you’ll learn.
remember everyone’s birthday.
be consistent in what you say, make sure your actions follow your words and your employees will go to the ends of the earth for you.
be inconsistent in word and deed and you’ll learn how quickly employees have survival instincts that don’t include you.
praise others when they succeed.
always take the time to find out what your employees are laughing about.
the grass on your side of the fence doesn’t get greener by pointing out your neighbor’s lawn care deficiencies.
if you already know the answer, don’t ask the question.
keep your eyes on the horizon. looking down at the mess at your feet will paralyze you.
are you having fun?
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michele eby on 3/26/07
Forget the next presentation. You may have a winning mug slogan or t-shirt axiom here. Good stuff.
bill williams on 5/8/07
Knowledge Sharing: the more you share the more you get