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Blogs, Blogging & Learning. (cpd23: Things 1 & 2)

Posted: June 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, professional development | Tags: , , | 7 Comments »


This is the first of my blog posts for cpd23: 23 Things for Continuing Professional Development. It’s a great new course I’m doing which I blogged about here. Week one is about Blogs and Blogging.

Number One by smiling_da_vinci on Flickr


In the library job before my previous job, I did an adapted, truncated version of the original 23 Things course. The course changed how I learn, use the net, communicate & share. To this day, I am so thankful for all I learnt and I credit it with being the start of my passion for online learning, sharing, playing with tools, exploring emerging technologies & pursuing artistic expression online. I totally enjoyed every aspect of my first 2.0 course: especially learning about Twitter, blogging & RSS.  These ‘things’ remain hands-down my favourite things on the Internet. I cannot sing more loudly my praises for RSS – it makes the net drivable. Also, for me Twitter is the King of quick communication, real-time searching & sharing. (You can expect me to rave about Twitter & RSS more in week 3.) My first 2.0 course was the catalyst for my first blog & twitter account, both of which were anonymous & I’ve now retired them. (I’ve blogged about anonymity & revealing myself here.) I still continue to use RSS, Twitter & blogging tools lovingly, and I’m enjoying the benefits – and challenges – of blogging & tweeting as myself.

So I think it’s fair to say I have high hopes for cpd23! No pressure cpd23 contributors/organisers! 😉

Thing 1 asks why we are participating in the course. My main reasons are:

  • to learn new & update existing skills regarding web 2.0 & other professional development ‘things’
  • to be proactive about my professional development
  • to meet other learners/library workers
  • to make another commitment to blogging with frequency & structure


number 2 by Leo Reynolds on Flickr

Thing 2 asks participants to investigate other blogs. Easy! I already do that, a lot. But it’s the leaving comments aspect that I shy away from. However, I was relieved to read that I wasn’t the only one. I know that commenting can only amplify, and is integral to, the sharing, learning and networking aspects of blogging. Still I remain hesitant to comment. Like blogging, sometimes I feel like I just don’t have anything to say. Or more correctly, I don’t know how to say it. However, I’m determined to start because it will help me to learn, network & articulate my opinions. And I have started! In fact, before I did any blogging for cpd23, I spent a lot of time reading other people’s cpd23 posts, and very occasionally I left comments. It was a great way to learn about other participants and their hopes from the course. It’s so pleasing, but no surprise, to read we are a diverse bunch who are all here to have fun, learn & network. I’m excited to begin :)

  • learningdutch June 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It sounds like you gave up your anonymous handles and pulled it all together in new accounts, is that right?
    Thanks for reading my blog, btw. :) I think I can learn a lot from you

    • dpgreen June 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Hi, yes that’s right. I enjoy reading your blog (thx for reading mine!) & I’m sure I can learn from you too :)

  • Auntie Daniek June 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I echo what learningdutch has just said. You’re obviously very technically profficient and shall read your blog with interest.

    • dpgreen June 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Hi! Thx for stopping by, reading & commenting – I appreciate it. Thank you for the compliment but I don’t always (ever?) feel technically proficient. I really like playing & learning with tech tools though… Next time I’m having a bad tech day, I’ll read your kind comment & keep going 😉

  • Chelle June 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Okay, read this with avid interest. Have bookmarked a few of the links for later. Explicitly asking for your feedback on mine. Love from Mexico x

    • dpgreen July 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      ‘Chelle! Love *to* Mexico! Thx for reading; #cpd23 is a fun project. I shall check your writing now. I have your feed in my google reader, but I’ve got some catching up to do. Stay safe. X x

  • […] p.s. If you’re really short of reading material, you could read my Week One post from last year. […]