Blogging? Certainly. Step right in.

AUC Create World is back. Griffith University in Brisbane is hosting its annual create and share fest for Apple digital arts practitioners and scholars from November 25-28. I’m presenting and taking part in a panel, so I’m going to be busy in the nicest way for a few days. I love Create World which brings together lots of creative arts folk; the conversation is passionate … metaphors are as thick on the ground as tech talk … and I always come away inspired by the truly remarkable, creative work being done in the digital arts by colleagues. Last year it was the Omnium guys out of UNSW.

I’m mulling over the way I’ll tackle my own presentation which I’ve entitled ‘Permanent Beta: it’s the journey not the arrival.’ I’m relating it to my work with creative arts students over the past few years, but also to the apparent lack of interest or is it understanding by colleagues of the whole e-learning issue. The panel is going to kick around some thoughts on Social Networking, and I’m handling the blogging part. I want to tie together my thinking between presentation and panel discussion.

In the spirit of social networking and my theme, I’m planning on including some wisdom from the blogosphere, and would be happy to acknowledge any contributions. If you’ve got a minute, I’d be keen to get responses based on your own experience. About taking that first step: What does it take/did it take to get a colleague engaged in blogging?
PS For the sharp-eyed, I’m mindful of my recent post on being ‘over blogs about blogging.’ Oh the irony, the hypocrisy!


3 responses to “Blogging? Certainly. Step right in.”

  1. Sue Waters Avatar

    Boy I feel like I have answered this question all over the blogsphere :). So maybe I will turn the question around. How long did it take you from the time you were introduced to blogging to you to actually start blogging? And what was it about blogging that engaged you?

    “What does it take/did it take to get a colleague engaged in blogging?” – well my friends who were already technosavy saw that I was blogging and eventually decided that they wanted to blog – so that was easy. I don’t actively seek out people within my organisation to convert to my ways – even though I facilitate professional development in this area – because I feel that if people are not ready to engage in these activities I am wasting my breath. What I am seeing is a year down the track people who did workshops are now coming back asking for more information and assistance. So hopefully it starts happening.

  2. katefoy Avatar

    So patience is the key to conversion? I guess the key part of your response which goes to the heart of my question is ‘those not ready to engage.’ How do you accelerate the readiness?

  3. Sue Waters Avatar

    Definitely patience is the key. What we are asking when we ask people to engage in these practices is to change their process, what they do — so we are talking change. Change will have different impacts on different people – and you will always have people resistance to change whose first response will always be this is crap. Getting people to change what they do is a long slow process — within an organisation a small change can take 3-5 years and a big change 5-10 years.

    Please note I don’t have a lot of patience 🙂

    To accelerate the process I would target the enthusiastic, tech savy individuals who already relate to technology and all you are doing is showing them a new way. Get them started first and then branch out into the harder areas. Set up a mentoring support system that helps each other.

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