Hello blog, I’ve missed you.

I’m not going to get all soppy but it’s been a while, 7 months to be exact. It’s nothing to do with you, don’t take it personally. It’s me, all my fault, it was nothing you said or did but I hope you’re as pleased to see me as I am to see you.

To celebrate I’ve given you a little make over, a lick of paint so to speak. If you look good you feel good so it’s time I paid you some attention and put a smile on your digital face.

Where have I been you ask? Well that’s a story for another time. All you need to know is that I’m back.

I’m back writing again after a spell in the blogging wilderness. It feels good, like I’m being re-acquainted with an old friend. After all you and I have got history….31 little pieces of history in fact. Lots to catch up on and lots more to add. If you’ll have me back……..?!?

You will? That’s great to hear.  You’ll be pleased to know I have been doing stuff and I’ve got stories to tell. I haven’t been sat in a padded cell for the last 7 months twiddling by thumbs, rocking back and forth locked up in my very own self-created learning asylum. Nope not me.

I’ve just been working quietly.

Lurking, learning, consuming, thinking, playing, making mistakes, trying to learn from them, reading, building, coaching, developing, collaborating, piloting, trialling, speaking, presenting, podcasting, filming, worrying, stressing, making life changing decisions, challenging and being challenged, meeting new people, catching up with old friends, changing, evolving, enjoying what I do.

I had my 2 year anniversary at DPG this month……2 years…..wow.  Yes I know we’ve been together for longer……it’s not a competition.

Where has the time gone?

A lot has happened both professionally and personally but it all adds up to who you are, what you do and how you do it. That’s life, deal with it Mike and get over yourself and get on with it.

So I’ve got over myself and I’m getting on with it but in doing so I have come to the conclusion that I’ve become a hypocrite.

a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

Up until 7 months ago I used you to share what I was doing, how I approached it, what worked, what didn’t and the thinking behind it. Being a champion for collaborative working, building learning communities and attempting to evolve the role of L&D within organisations, why wouldn’t I share the things I’m working on that could help others and help me reflect on my work.

Role-modelling working out loud is something that I encourage others to do but I’ve stopped doing it myself. Working quietly isn’t what I believe or what I expect and encourage from others. No. It. Is. Not.

So, I know what I need to do. I need to stop being a lurker and purely a consumer and start contributing a bit more. I won’t be shouting from the rooftops but I hope I’ll be working a little louder and making a bit more noise in the coming weeks and months.

After all blog, I’ve missed you xx