I was all set to do a quick and dirty review post for my blog – check the stats, see what the top 10 were, create a list, put it out there, encourage a bit more traffic. There have been some excellent examples that I’ve seen and they’re worth looking at to see if you’ve missed any.
But I decided not to. Not because I don’t think those posts are not worthwhile (it would be churlish to think that people will have read everything I write) but more because I wanted to reflect a little on the blog posts which meant more to me this year.
First up is the most viewed post ever on this blog – 50 Big Ideas. This post wasn’t designed to be a populist piece at all – I’d had a conversation on Twitter and thought it would be a quick list, a summary of what I (at least) think is common sense. I published it and within an hour realised it had touched a nerve – I’ve never seen comments fly in so quickly or so much Twitter conversation about a blog post. It was brilliant to develop it later in the year by basing a session at Learning Live on it and then reflecting on that session through the blog. What’s nicest for me is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving – 9 months later people come up to me and want to talk about the ideas and what they want to do to develop them. Magic.
Next on my favourites for the year was another post in March – And the One About. I’d fallen into a blog slump earlier in the year as a number of things were dragging my time around. I’d drafted and re-drafted numerous posts and was struggling with some personal issues which were threaded in the post. I wrote the post in a fit of anger; I actually broke the keyboard as I ‘literally’ hammered it out. I sat on it for a good few days before I published it; I only put it on the blog because I realised not to put it out wasn’t helping anyone. A cathartic experience.
I was asked to speak at the CIPD annual conference and that gave me the opportunity to spend some time on a train; I like writing on train journeys – there’s something about the movement of the carriage and the sound and rhythm which helps me write. It was on the way up to Manchester that I put together Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker. There’s not meant to be great insight in the blog post – it’s a comparison of craft in other professions but I’ve included it here because it was just so enjoyable to write. As I neared Manchester the train filled with City fans on their way to a Champions League game. A lager fuelled bloke sat next to me, shouting into his phone arranging his tickets for the game. After a few minutes we got into the ‘what are you doing’ conversation. I explained and he read the post. He said he enjoyed it because he’d learnt how bread was mass produced – instant feedback.
I’ve been critical of courses in the past and there were 2 blog posts this year which were based on face to face training experiences. One was Of Course, my experience of a face to face intervention that described a dated experience I had. I didn’t realise at the time how this experience would reinforce so strongly my thinking about classroom based activity. The second was Zombie L an D where my wife was subjected to a 91 slide deck in 2 hours. This proved it wasn’t me being a cynic; I really want to be able to write a blog post about a good classroom course experience this year.
My final post was the most recent – Why I use Twitter. All the posts above (one excepted) had brilliant interaction with the wider community and the Twitter post currently has 24 replies and has become a useful resource for me.
So they’re my favourites from the year – have I included all of yours or was there something else that you enjoyed this year? Let me know in the comments.