The year in review for Audacious Fizz

This is the final post on this blog.

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on my blogging journey. I originally outlined three measures of success:

  1. 12 topics explored — not 12 specific topics, but I’ve explored a wide range of topics.
  2. at least 50 blog posts by the end of the year — most definitely achieved.
  3. a larger professional network of folks across GLAM and education sectors — most definitely achieved.

I’ve learned a lot along the way. I’ve learned what it means to explore & express my opinions publicly. I’ve learned about the behind-the-scenes technicalities of blogging. I’ve learned how I engage the discipline of writing. I’ve learned more about what the library profession means to me, and to others.

In spite of all the other things that have been going on for me in the past year*, I’ve learned that when I consciously make time for writing & exploring ideas, the rewards are many. It’s been challenging, especially when I set myself the challenge of publishing a post every 48 hours in the middle of the year! It’s been a learning curve in how to find my authentic voice. It’s been useful to have a public record of the year of my audacious fizz of thoughts about the profession. It’s been rewarding to know that others have read & engaged with the ideas and topics I have explored.

I’m grateful for the support & encouragement from others in the profession over this year. It’s time to end this public writing experience, take a break & look to new challenges in 2014. Thanks for being part of the journey.

* I’ve moved house three times, as well as completed four periods of house-sitting. I’ve had four different jobs.  I’ve co-presented at two conferences. I’ve co-facilitated an online speaker series. I’ve written regularly on another blog. I’ve participated in 3 MOOCs. No wonder I am feeling ready for a holiday break!

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