Have you thought about the skills that we learn as bloggers? I don’t mean those necessary for blogging as such, but other incidental skills we don’t think about. As I’ve blogged, I’ve enhanced my writing skills but other skills which have surprised me have also improved. So in this post I’m reflecting on the skills learned from blogging.
This post builds on some recent reflections. I’m not sure what triggered the reflections but possibly a couple of different things. I’ve been reading a few posts, and listening to the most recent HotM podcast which talked about embracing new opportunities. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how blogging has changed me. I’ve picked up new skills and developed others, but there are some unexpected changes too.
Anticipated skills learned
In the time I’ve been blogging, I have learned and developed many skills. Some skills are easy to identify and anticipate: reflection and writing skills. I’ve also found my imagination has been strengthened, along with some creative writing ability. Unscientific, I know, but I believe that when I don’t write for a period of time, I have nightmares. What an encouragement to keep writing. 😆
More awareness of my skills development
I guess I accept being aware of what I’m writing, my choice of words etc and the message I want to get across while I’m writing creatively. As I sit here I realise how how naive it probably was to not realise that my writing style is going to change on a more universal basis – whether I’m writing an email, a text message etc or some materials for work. Today I was working on a lesson plan and even with one line, I rewote it 4 times until I was satifsfied I had the best words to capture my intent.
Should we pity my poor students (particularly those learning English as a second language) where I may also become more critical of their work.
Open to new learning experiences
Its human nature to like and dislike a range of different things. What has occurred to me recently is that through my travel/exploration posts, I’m seeking out opportunities to explore and share things that I believe would make interesting posts, even if they don’t interest me personally.
For example, on Saturday I saw something on the news/TV about The World Pipe Band Championships 2023 in Glasgow. I hate bapipes but was thinking it would be a great spectacle for a post. The realisation that I’d suffer the noise to capture a good story surprised me.
There are a few other examples too. I think this shows that I’m willing to explore and try new things, even seeing opportunities in things I’ve previously dismissed.
What have I learned?
I’m embracing these insights and opening my mind to new opportunities. Maybe I should be more proactive and seek out a new experience every week.
What about you, my lovely community members, what has blogging taught you? Have any aspects surprised you? Let me know via the comments.