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The SDC Learning & Networking Blog: less reading – less writing – more talking

January 09, 2013 | bit-wartung | Methods & Tools |

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By Nadia von Holzen, SDC 

A blog is conversation. We want to make the reading as well as the writing of the SDC Learning & Networking Blog faster to have time for the conversation.

                                                                                                                          Photo by Nadia Lanfranchi

The Dummies say a blog is conversation. That made us think.

The SDC Learning & Networking Blog is already 2.5 years old. Many topics were reflected, many stories told and questions asked. Some figures: 122 posts from 41 bloggers, 125 comments from an average of 77 weekly readers (since 2nd of February 2012, as we installed Google analytics).

Figures are one side of the coin, the readers’ reflection and inspiration the other. We took our little ‘survey’ from last summer serious. You told us our posts are too lengthy, too elaborated. If we ask colleagues to contribute a blog post, the answer is often diplomatic: “Maybe after the holidays, I am really too busy now.”

Message taken. We did a little research on blog writing (see the links below). Our conclusion:

• make it shorter
• make more practical
• write more dynamic and spontaneous, more blog-like.

Shorter texts mean easier and faster writing. We hope so! We want our blogging community to grow.

Join us as reader and commenter; contribute to our conversation; and make our blog entries more diverse and multi-perspective. Your experiences and reflections on learning and knowledge management   interest us. Write about your initiatives and challenges; share your experiences form SDC’s work or with partner organisations. Blogging is sharing.

Blogging is also learning or PKM (personal knowledge management, a term crafted by Harold Jarche). Seth Godin and Tom Peters think so too:

If your are passionate blog reader you can find inspiration from great blogs on knowledge management and learning: http://wiki.km4dev.org/KM4Dev_Bloggers

What do you think? What would you like to blog about? Which questions and challenges related to institutional learning and knowledge management would you like to reflect?

∞ These links might be also useful for your own blogging:
· http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-tips-for-writing-great-blog-posts/
· http://bernetblog.ch/2012/03/07/gute-blogs-orientierung-statt-infomasse/ (German)
· http://writetodone.com/category/blogwriting/
· http://www.inboundpro.net/starting-a-blog-in-2013-ideas-avoid-utter-failure
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