6 Months of Remote Worker blogging

Can you believe it?! Yes, I’ve been writing this blog for 6 months now…

So what have I learnt?

It’s quality not quantity that counts

I’ve now written over 50 posts…so am averaging on about 2 posts a week. I don’t want to just churn stuff out though so try really hard to only blog about stuff that is relevant (to remote working) and of interest to me. I’m not saying that the end result is that great, but if I didn’t stick to these rules it could be a lot worse!

My Colleague Paul Walk, who writes a really readable blog (inspiringly titled paul walk’s weblog ;-)) (probably so readable because he doesn’t post that often) asked a while back if it mattered to me if anyone read my posts. That’s a tricky one. Of course it matters and I’d really like people to read the blog and comment (I won’t bore you with stats here), but it doesn’t matter as much to me as I thought it would. I actually enjoy writing the blog now and often find myself referring back to past posts, so it’s almost become a kind of content management system for my thoughts on remote working.

Blogs lead to bigger things

I’ve found that writing my blog has helped inform me about remote working issues and technologies because I now have a reason to find out about them. It’s sort of a chicken and egg situation. I find out about stuff to write about on the blog, people send in comments, I know more things about stuff so I end up writing more about stuff!

I’ve also learnt a lot about blogging, which is good as I often run workshops on it!

I’ve had emails from people about remote working (for example this one on VPNs, Management and Emails from Canada), I’ve participated in Webinars (for RSC Eastern) and will hopefully be giving a talk at a Flexible working event later this year (more on that in the future). I’ve also submitted something to Internet Librarian on remote working.

I’ve been able to network with other remote workers (using the blog as an excuse), have published two guest blog posts so far (Monica Duke and Paul Boag), got more people lined up for guest blog posts and have been able to use the blog in my role as remote worker champion.

What’s successful can be surprising

The most successful posts are about technology (Twitter!), something silly (like the Top 10 Remote Worker Lunches) or something that for some reason gets on a list somewhere. But I’ve also enjoyed blogging about my family, my town, the snow and bad employers!

And my final thoughts…

Well firstly it’s a good job my husband doesn’t read my blog (at least I think he doesn’t)…

Secondly I’ve got a lot more out of blogging than I thought I would. I’ve found it a really reflective, useful activity and it doesn’t take up that much time when you get going.

So if you’ve got this far in my post…thanks for reading!
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Me, working remotely

I’m not sure what my intentions for the future are. I guess more of the same with some more guest blog posts, more horizon scanning and more user input (more comments please!). I’d like to jazz up the blog a bit when I get time – maybe add a few more widgets. I suppose it would also be nice to get more readers. It’s all a work in progress….

Anyway here are my own favourite posts (in no particular order):

Technology

Culture

Any ideas on what you’d like me to blog on? Any suggestions? What about your first 6 months of blogging?

8 thoughts on “6 Months of Remote Worker blogging

  1. I think it would be interesting to look at what stops the adoption of Remote Working as a model by organisations. In Paul Boag’s recent guest post he says “All that is holding us back is the status quo and outdated ideologies.” – it would be good to explore these issues further. Perhaps in conjunction with this some consideration of which jobs suit remote working, and which ones don’t?

    A major saving (I would have thought) of Remote Working would be reduction of travel – which has clear implications for the environment. But I don’t see Remote Working included in Environmental policies (although cycling or public transport often is) – why is this?

    I guess that the truth is that I see a lot of potential benefits to me personally to doing (at least some level) of remote working – and yet this doesn’t seem to be on offer (and certainly not promoted) generally by the organisations I have worked for or currently work for – I’m not sure if this is because of the ‘status quo’ Paul mentions, or whether there are really good reasons and that for the kind of work I do, in the kind of organisations I work for (University Libraries), Remote Working just isn’t appropriate.

  2. I’m really enjoying your blog and have found it very useful as a mum working from home. Keep up the good work.

    Oh and if you fancy doing more on how to work when chaos is happening all around you that would be good. Also I’d like some suggestions on making your partner realise you are doing something important (you’d think the pay packet would do that). Also maybe something on ethics – should you work if your kids are ill and at home?

    Thanks

    Shayla

  3. Hi Marieke,

    Congratulations on six months of your weblog!

    Like Owen, I enjoy reading it too.

    I think the point you make in your opening section about the value – and enjoyment! – writing has for the writer is an important one. And it seems to me it’s one that often gets lost when discussion turns to “measuring” the “success” of a weblog.

  4. Congratulations Marieka, your blog is one of the more interesting around. I work for a commercial company but alot of what you says still applies. In fact you’ve even inspired me to look into setting up a blog too!

  5. I’ve read a few of your posts and really like the ones about new technologies I haven’t heard of before. I also liked your post about elluminate because I have started using that at my college. Have you tried any other videoconferencing software yet? Microsoft Live Meeting?

  6. Great site this remoteworker.wordpress.com and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor🙂

  7. Hi Marieke,

    This is my first time reading your blog. It was interesting. There were no semi-colons; that is my pet subject today. I had a complaint of sort on a site I have guest blogged on, about my very English use of semi’s and replied with quotes from people like George Bernard Shaw on the proper use of semi colons. I write comedy and so they are essential to the comedy pauses in writing. I shall wander and read some more of your blogs. Keep up the good work,

    Mike Maynard (England)

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