Monday, June 13

What do you think?

Clark Aldrich is touring the continent to introduce his new book, Learning by Doing. I've been fortunate to hear him twice in the last month. Talking with diverse people in new places gets Clark thiinking about many issues. He has been sharing them here. Some people think it's great to have a steady stream of intriguing ideas; others consider it undue self-promotion for the book. The Learning Circuits Blogteam has mixed feelings.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

By the way, here's what greeted me this morning on Amazon:


David Grebow said...

Jay - I think there's a world of difference between sharing engaging ideas and promoting your book. I always look forward to the former. I'll go to Amazon for the latter.

Regarding the latter, where does the commercialization of a blog stop? I have books I'd like to push, websites to which I'd like to direct traffic, learning software programs in which I'm an investor I'd love to hype.

That was not my understanding when I was asked to contribute to this blog - add ideas that might make others think, experiences that readers might be able to use, insights that could perhaps move this profession along a few more inches.

I'd also like to use this blog to help provide goats to Nigerians, so a young child might go to school someday. That seems appropriate for a learning blog. But I don't think that's the purpose of the LCB. Do you?

Godfrey Parkin said...

I think it is inappropriate and somewhat unprofessional of the members of this blogging team to discuss in public the contributions and motivations of the most enthusiastic and prolific contributor to this blog as if he were not present in the virtual room.

Clark, you have out-blogged us all, and if there is anything at all to be “critical” of, it is the sheer volume of your posts. I have noticed only a couple of references to your book, and have seen nothing at all objectionable. If we are going to debate something, let’s make it to material to LCB’s raison d’être, and take any bickering about individual contributions offline.

Harold Jarche said...

Good ideas will last; so will good books. What's the problem? I ignore a lot of posts and I also read many. Allow me to make the choice. So far, this blog has stayed in my aggregator.

LCollinsAZ said...

Whether this issue is perceived as self-promotion of a book for financial gain or sharing of ideas is an interesting discussion. I have recently participated in a discussion about appropriateness of postings to a listserv designed for asynchronous learning. The question here was if it was appropriate to post eLearning positions to the listserv. I believe a lot has to do with organization of the information so the author and the receiver of the information are aware of the content upfront. I think the one big issue is being bogged down (not blogged down :-) with information they are not soliciting.

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