"Leonid Pasternak 001" by Leonid Pasternak - http://www.art-in-exile.com/forums/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=14639. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonid_Pasternak_001.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Leonid_Pasternak_001.jpgIt’s been some time since I’ve written here. Sure, I have been very busy, but that’s really no excuse for not writing. Writing is one important way for me to organize my thoughts and flesh out new concepts. That may or may not help anyone else, but it helps me to show my work publicly. Some of the most important learning for me happens after I hit the publish button when friends and colleagues around the world comment, share, tweet to me, or write via email or Facebook. Making oneself “vulnerable” by publishing publicly, whether it’s writing, video, art, or however you express your thoughts, is a great learning opportunity. More people should do it.

That said, we also get extremely busy. I have a job to do, and I take my responsibilities seriously; that often means the time I might otherwise have to write is spent on work-related tasks after hours. How many times have you been asked, “Why are you doing work on your own time?” I also have my responsibilities at home, as most of us do. I’m the household handyman; I can’t afford to hire people to do all the things I need done, so I do many of them myself. I also do some freelance work, which I need because it helps with the expense of raising Arianna, our beautiful five-year-old (for more about Arianna, connect with me on Facebook). And speaking of Arianna, who wouldn’t rather spend time with such a fun-loving little kid than do almost anything else?

But really, it’s time for me to say, “No more excuses.” Thinking about why I don’t write more, I realize it’s more that I feel I have nothing new to share, no new ideas people would be interested in. But writing should be for me, and asking questions I need answers to. I still have a lot to learn and a lot of ideas that need to be synthesized from thoughts, even with the substantial change in my workplace responsibilities.

Beginning now (not tomorrow or next week), this blog will no longer focus exclusively on workplace learning and development; it will instead focus on learning in general, often with a slant toward organizational learning. Stay tuned, a post is in the works.

Thanks for reading
@tomspiglanin

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