Conversation or Lecture?

In writing all of these posts, I guess I’m still trying to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it.

I know this is a public space where my comments are visible and accessible by anyone with a basic knowledge of google. I’m very aware of that fact. I have read PLN upon PLN and the ones I have found most interesting and engaging are the ones I feel a connection to. The ones that sound like that person is actually talking to me, not lecturing at me.

The tone of some blogs and PLNs can be very academic, and dare I say it, extremely dry. While that may work for some people, it doesn’t for me. For me, it just feels like I’m writing yet another essay. My PLN is all about my PERSONAL learning. How is it going to be personal learning unless I can make it sound and feel like me? If I’m going to put my heart and soul into this thing, I certainly want to do it in a way that’s comfortable for me!

Piaras Kelly PR – Public Relations in Ireland says that in writing a blog you should be ‘conversational in tone’: Nobody wants to be bored to death reading your blog and you should also try to attract readers who might not be familiar with the subject you are covering. Some really intelligent people have turned me off with their academic style of writing. You’re supposed to be having a conversation not talking down to people.

I wholeheartedly agree! Thank you Mr. Kelly! So if you happened to stumble upon this blog, or this post in particular, I hope you’ll get a sense of who I am and the things that I am thinking about or trying to deal with.

I want this to be a space where I can share what’s going on in my head and try and work it out with the big, wide, world.

[from 12th October]

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