Where do I start? Can I just go back to where I left things off nearly a couple of years ago and resume my blogging mojo as it were just yesterday? My goodness, that would be a resounding no!
I have just taken a few minutes to re-read that last blog post I put together over here and it feels like I am a completely different person altogether!
Whooah! How did that happen?
That’s a great question. I think I know the answer. I think you all know the answer. We are no longer the same people anymore, aren’t we? The world has changed so dramatically over the course of the (last few) years, and so have we. To the point of no-return.
For the better? We shall see. We are probably about to find out soon enough, if not already…
So, why come back to this blog then, once more? Well, there are a whole bunch of reasons, really, I will probably be writing about plenty more over time, but perhaps the main one is that I am, indeed, no longer the same person who used to write over here. How do I know that? Out of pure embarrassment, frankly.
Over the course of time, more often than not, I have been referencing, in multiple online spaces, different blog posts I have written over the course of the last 17 years, since I started this blog, to describe what we are currently going through in the workplace, as we have finally transition into remote / distributed work as the brave new-normal, and it’s been pretty embarrassing how I no longer recognise myself in those articles.
Not only my own thinking about the state of the (digital) workplace, or the nature of work for that matter, as of today, but also how I used to express myself back in the day around these topics and how I have seen them evolving contextually over time: Digital Transformation, Distributed Work, KM, Collaboration, Learning, Social Business and Social Networking for Business, amongst several others. Gosh, like I said, it feels like two completely different people altogether. So, time to amend that!
They say if you don’t feel embarrassed by your own thinking AND writing over the years that usually means you haven’t evolved enough with neither of them! So I guess it’s time to resume my blogging mojo, once more, and start exploring whether I have evolved, indeed, or not, and see where I will be ending up at this point in time.
But, before I let you all go, there is another reason why I thought about coming back to my blog. Something that’s been bugging me for a good while now. Something I don’t think I’d, eventually, be able to recover from, but that I think it’s a good time to pause and reflect about its potential consequences. At least, for now.
Over the last few years, I have been participating in several niche, private online spaces and media tools, conversing with different people about plenty of the topics I have mentioned above already. I thought that was all good and helpful to develop further thoughts and insights as a result of those, perhaps more intimate, in-depth exchanges. However, I didn’t anticipate a growing challenge that has become too obvious to ignore or neglect anymore.
Whenever I’d get introduced to a new contact, or build a new relationship, to continue nurturing, fostering and strengthening my own social networks, I would often get asked whether those same folks could read further more about my own thinking, on the topics I usually write about, in an open space they could access easily. And BOOM! Then it hit me.
Indeed, I would refer folks to my blog here, but then I realised they wouldn’t be getting exposed to my most recent thinking on certain subjects, but mostly what I used to think and write about several years ago. Ouch! All of that content, all of those conversions, all of those interactions and hyperlinks shared over the years now locked down behind various walled gardens they couldn’t access for whatever the reason.
It’s pretty much like you spend an awful lot of time, energy, effort and intent in building someone else’s personal home by then neglecting, pretty badly, your own. And when you need it the most, there is nothing to show, nor welcome, while all of those online private spaces have your own thinking. Trapped there forever. Yikes!
That’s why I have decided to pause for a while on all of those online locked-down spaces and take a good break, as I get to re-build my own home over here, so I can enjoy (Hopefully, you, too!), once more, an open extension of my own brain and thinking that everyone can access, regardless, and have additional conversations on the topics we are truly passionate about without having to depend on yet again another exclusive walled garden.
Remember the good old Web 2.0 of open hyperlinks from back in the day? Remember the good old two-way conversations in open, social tools that helped us build wonderfully inspiring relationships, one conversation at a time?
Well, that’s what I am after! Home sweet home!
Hope you are all still out there …