Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Assessing and Adjusting
I have written a lot about the importance of being open and transparent and about be willing to learn and grow from your mistakes. This post is written with those two ideas in mind.
One of the key ideas in learning and growing is to be able to assess the situation in an open minded way and then adjust or tweak as necessary.
About five weeks ago I began for myself a 30 day blog challenge which I completed a while ago.During that time others have joined and we have 20 people participating at some level or another.
My first assessment: Given the time of this challenge many people were busy getting ready for the new school year and possibly a blog a day was too much ( to date one other person completed the challenge)
Therefore, how can I/we adjust. Well, I first asked myself what was the goal or the purpose of the challenge. First of all it was personal. So each person got what he or she wanted from the challenge. Second of all it brought people together that may not have connected and fostered a sense of collaboration and learning.
So overall a success, but I felt an adjustment was/is needed. So we are still working out the details,but the prevailing idea to keep up the momentum and the collaboration and sharing is to blog at least once a week with the hashtag #weeklyblog and to set up a monthly chat to share ideas and offer support.
Three years ago I with two other friends started JEDCHAT a twitter chat for Jewish educators. It gained a lot of momentum that first year, however over the years for various reasons it has lost some that momentum and appeal. Based on that assessment, we changed the date and time, however, that still hasn't done the trick. One person commented that they prefer a real conversation which does exist on FB where you are not restricted in characters.
We have made some assessments and adjustments, but at this time those haven't helped.
So right now I question is chat format still viable? Do people want it? And if yes,what can be done to restore the excitement about it?
Stay tuned for what adjustments are coming