I’m over halfway through my experiment to see if I can post to my blog every day for seven days in a row, and I’ve learned several things about myself.
Note: These are really high-level realizations. I need more internal time to process deeper self-awareness:
- Before I start writing a post, I run through several possibilities in my head. I’m not talking just titles, I mean the first couple of paragraphs at least. If I can get two paragraphs to pop into my head, then that’s what I’m blogging about.
- I like the way I write. The more I do this, the easier it is to write and phrase.
- Some days it’s impossible to come up with a good idea to write about. Other days, well, I can’t keep up with the thoughts! Honestly, I thought I was more creative than it turns out I am.
- I firmly believe that writing is like a muscle, and you have to exercise it. I’ve been a literary couch-potato for the last few years, so of course it’s going to take me some time to get back into the swing of things.
- I think about my work a lot, and connect seemingly random things to it — like snakes in garages. It’s a very good thing, to like what you do for a living.
- I’ve also realized that I like to write, and I like to help people. That’s one reason why I’m a trainer! The other reasons are that I like to talk and tell people what to do, but I’m working on changing the whole telling-people-what-to-do thing.
- My least effective training sessions have been where I’ve told people “click here. Scroll there. Type this.”
- My most effective sessions have been when I’ve said “We’re going to learn together today. Does anyone have any idea where we should click to close this screen? What do you think we should type in this field? Where do you imagine that icon is on the screen?”
- I like to learn. My mom always says “You’re never too old to learn”. I’m learning how to blog, how to do Social Media, how to be a better wife/daughter/sister/friend, just learning everything! I’m even trying to learn how to knit. Here’s a picture of my scarf that I’m knitting…at this rate, it’ll be 2015 before I finish it!
So, what I’ve just realized in re-reading this is that I am totally focused on learning (mine and others). I’m always thinking about what I’ve learned, what I can learn, what I think others should learn (see, that’s the bossy in me coming out), and better ways to help all of us learn. I also like to write. I guess my career choice is a good one since I get to do a lot of both!