Why Don’t Trainers Blog – Revisited

Following my contribution to training zone’s blog I was asked today for my views on how trainers could benefit from blogging and reasons why they don’t.
I believe that trainers have an enormous amount to gain from blogging including;
The opportunity to become a member of a community of practice
Networking with others
Connecting and sharing views with colleagues and thought leaders
Having personal views challenged
Learning, learning & some more learning
Sharing knowledge
Supporting others development & their informal learning
Supporting the formulation of thoughts
Contributing towards the personal CPD journey and benefiting from emergent learning
Improvement of personal communication skills

Some suggestions why I feel trainers don’t blog (although I feel that more are now than were 6 months ago) include;
Fear
Lack of time
Blogging is not a priority & not valued
Lack of ICT skills
Blogging links to the threat of increased ICT use and the decrease of face to face events
Blogging and social networking contradict the traditional view that when a resource is created it is owned and for use by the individual or 1 organisation. I believe that ideas and information should be open source (as open source software) and then available for everyone to share and benefit from.
I’m sure there are many more reasons for trainers to blog and reasons why they don’t.
What do you think?
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6 thoughts on “Why Don’t Trainers Blog – Revisited

  1. I would suggest that many trainers regard blogging as a narcissistic occupation – this is certianly the reaction of many people I know. Alternatively, they don’t think they have anything worth sharing with a wide and unlimited audience.

  2. I know a few who started – and then stopped! Impatience perhaps, maybe little or nothing or to say, perhaps lack of focus or commitment – who knows?
    Maybe also many traditional trainers – you know the ones who just like to pour knowledge into empty vessels – might find the whole blog thing gives their learners a little too much of a voice!

  3. I think that as well as the fear of technology, and a ‘fear’ of not having anything worth while to write about.. the real issue is a lack of a plan. Why blog.

    When trainers understand how a blog can fit in as part of a marketing plan(i know most don’t have one of those either!) and they understand the relevance more do start.
    At http://mytrainerprofile.co.uk and http://mytrainerblog.co.uk we are starting on a different foot.
    We are setting up a number of “how to’s”..
    How to set up a blog
    How to write your blog
    How to promote your blog.

    and in addition we have some software to do most of the latter automatically.
    When trainer wake up to the fact that marketing IS their business I am sure many more will blog.

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