Blog as an archive of learning

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I was scanning through Twitter the other day (as I do most days) and this tweet got my eye…

It caused me to think back on learning that I had done a few years back. I thought to myself, “I think I wrote blog posts about collaboration.” I went to my blog and I searched my old posts using the word “collaboration.” Much to my delight, I found this post which contained links to other posts that I had written. I can’t believe that 5 years has passed since I wrote these posts.

I think the reason why the tweet caused me to reflect on my learning about collaboration was because it summed up (in a cool way) everything that I had learned about collaboration.

My point in writing this post is to share the fact that archiving your learning through blogging can be very impactful. As I read through my old posts, I thought to myself, “Do I still think this way?” and “If I wrote this again, would it be different?” I appreciate the fact that there were folks who made comments on my posts which pushed my thinking forward and caused me to shape my understanding of collaboration…and how it is different from cooperation, and plain old group work. It was cool that I was able to collaborate with other to produce a post about collaboration.

I really like that John Spencer has included the phrase that cooperation is necessary for collaboration. That has me thinking some more. Who knows, maybe that will be a future blog post.

I guess what I’m saying is this…

A blog can serve as an archive of your learning and can also be a way to connect with others. It is a great way to organize your thoughts and make connections in your mind and cause learning to go deeper. The post doesn’t need to be written in a fancy way…it just needs to be understandable when you go back to read it or if someone else wants to read it.

Author: Derek Hatch

Principal in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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