Year 4 – Blogging in 2012

As of this month Design Doc is three years old! Thanks to you for following and providing comments and encouragement along the way.

Reviewing the Past Year

I fell a little short in reaching my goals for 2011. I never moved Design Doc from to a self-hosted format. And while I did continue to post about practical topics and career issues for instructional designers, I managed only 14 posts during the year. Not what I had planned, but I also encountered unexpected opportunities during the year, writing 148 posts at the Inside Online Learning blog with, powered by WordPress.

A list of the five most popular Design Doc posts for 2011 includes several from 2010. Glad to see that a few of the older items are still of interest!

In 2011 I also attended WordCamp Miami and was fortunate enough to present sessions about blogging at two conferences: The Technology, Colleges, and Community (TCC) Online Conference in April, and The Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in November. Both presentations focused on student use of the blog format to build career portfolios. The Sloan presentation is captured in its own blog: Blog Your Portfolio.

What will 2012 bring?

So far I’ve already started reorganizing a bit, adding a new page for Guest Posts I’ve written for other sites, and retooling the events page with links to recent Presentations & Papers. In March I’ll be part of a panel presentation on “writing amid dissolving media boundaries” at a writers’ symposium organized by Wake Forest University, my undergraduate alma mater. And I’m scheduled to facilitate a professional development session entitled “Blogging Basics with WordPress” for career counselors at this year’s National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference in June.

My Design Doc goals for 2012 are broad and basic:

  • continue writing about relevant topics for practicing instructional designers and instructional design students, and
  • seek out opportunities to learn new blogging skills and share my lessons learned.

Thanks in advance for your continued participation and assistance in the process! We’ll see where else blogging takes us in 2012…

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