Hello all! My few regular readers will know that this blog is a vehicle for me to share my handicraft and baking projects with the world. Maybe one day I'll get round to developing the instructions and recipes here into a book; maybe not, maybe I'll just get round to picking up some more followers... but for a while, I'm running another function alongside the usual Simple Things to Make and Do.
It's a professional development programme called the 23 Things. Each week, one or two 'Things' are covered, which can range from how to use Twitter to how to present yourself in a professional context. It's aimed at librarians, but also other media people. I'm trying to get an entry-level job in publishing, and being new-media-savvy can be a really important skillset for those jobs. Getting some advice on how to make this blog more useful would be terrific, and I could really do with career-progression advice. So for a few weeks, I'll be blogging in posts tagged 'cpd23' about each of the Things. Hopefully it'll serve as a repository for some good advice, and also help me keep track of what skills I've gained.
Despite these posts being part of a wider programme with hundreds of other participants, I've decided to try and keep my usual post format going of intro/bold heading/instructions. After all, the Things are supposed to be 'recipes' for success... and one of them is 'building your personal brand,' which requires consistency.
Thing One - Blogging
Well, I'm a little ahead of the game here! Starting a blog with Blogger is a very Simple Thing to Do indeed; it's keeping the post count up with content of interest that's the difficult bit. Hopefully I manage that well enough; certainly being unemployed has resulted in plenty of projects to document. This little programme should also help up the numbers, and stimulate my imagination.
Thing Two - Reading Other Blogs
I have to admit it - I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to internet content, but then I don't have a great opinion of my own writing either. The 23 Things programme was the kick up the arse I needed to go out and try and find interesting, like-minded people. Wasn't the internet supposed to be all about meeting people you'd never met and exchanging profound ideas? And hopefully I could increase my own profile as well - maybe a fellow cpd23er would find this blog, decide they loved my cake and keep coming back.
With this in mind, I searched through the programme's participants list and picked a couple of blogs to read at random. Some were empty, not having started the week's Things yet; a couple were very, very library-orientated and were clearly established discussion groups for other librarians. One involved a picture of the author's dog. But I did find two kindred spirits - young professionals, a little sceptical or nervous about the whole point of this blogging thing, but clearly determined to make a go of it in style. I've left comments on each of their first posts, and subscribed to their blogs. Little acorns, great oaks etc; I already feel more connected and professional. It's a sort of electric green inner glow...