This past week I spent much of my writing time working on a new article for the Kansas EMS Chronicle column that I write. After writing on the blog for a couple of months, I found it challenging to put together a full-length article for a print publication. I kept asking myself, “How has blogging changed the way you write?”
Sitting on the porch this afternoon, I was readying say everything by Scott Rosenberg. Near the end of the book he suggests that blogs are fragments of ideas, conversations, and information. The on-line world is full of fragments, some linked together, some standing alone.
In reflecting on fragments, I thought of archaeologists who piece together pot shards and of researchers who discover fragments of ancient manuscripts. Every fragment is part of a whole and has a story to tell. Each blog post is only a fragment of what I’m thinking about regarding organizations and the development dynamic the fuels their growth. And, yes, it has changed the way I write.
So, why blog? The posts are fragments my reflections on the conversations that are going on in organizaitons formally and informally. They are fragments of the ideas in the world of people who care about how organizations can function at their best. In the end, the blog allows me to share my reflections on the pieces of thoughts and ideas that I hope will be a small, but useful contribution – a part of the resources for organization development.