Feb 12th 2012 and I was sat on the bed at night, creating my new blog. My first post was a short one, but little did I know that I would still be blogging some 9 years later. 374 posts have passed under the bridge since that evening at home in our villa in the UAE. Now I sit at home writing this, some 1000’s of kilometres away from where my blog began, now living in Somerset rather than Al Ain.
My blog has never had a huge readership; to be honest it barely has a small readership; however, I have found the process of writing useful for myself, forcing me to order my thoughts before typing them out. At a recent virtual event, someone commented about where I find the time to blog in addition to my normal workload as a Director of IT. There is only a limited time in the day, and this will never change, so I try to avoid concerns about the lack of time. Instead, I have always sought to prioritise, and that includes putting some time aside to write my blog. Often this has involved stealing a small amount of time here and there. As I type this, the Amazon TV series Reacher is on in the background, and I am half watching it as I type this. Given I try to just get my thoughts down, rather than seeking to create a literary masterpiece, this works for me. Most of my posts have been written in a single sitting rather than being reviewed and edited, which explains, and hopefully excuses, the number of typos, grammar errors and sentences which read poorly.
The other benefit I have found from blogging has been the fact it creates a record of my thinking. As such, when I look back it provides a window into my thinking at a particular moment in time, in the past. I have found this useful in charting how some of my views, opinions and beliefs have changed over the last 9 years. We seldom admit or even appreciate how much our views and beliefs change, however having a written record, has helped me to realise how much and where I have changed, and where I have not. I think in future, when I look back on the period 2020 – 2022 and the pandemic, I might find particular value in the records of my thoughts and from this there might be a number of learning points which I can take away.
I also hope that in blogging I am contributing to the wider world, to the education and technology discussion. Ultimately is this not something we all wish for, to have achieved something and left something behind. I hope that at least some of my thoughts have contributed something meaningful to the discussion, and I hope to continue to do so.
Blogging isnt for everyone, and to be honest I never really thought it was something I would get into. That said, I would recommend that if you are thinking about it, just do it. Don’t worry too much about who will read your posts, about what you will write about, etc, just be yourself and share your thoughts. The more people sharing in my view the better, especially as we continue to work through the difficulties presented by a global pandemic.
So, with this, that’s 375 blog posts in 9 years. Onwards to another year and I look forward to continuing to share my thoughts.