In my post A Blog about Blogs (Part One) I focussed on getting the most from blogs and using a RSS Reader to save you time and effort in finding great content. I was also able to share some blogs that I have and continue to benefit from and will continue to add to this list and I hope you do the same.
The key point around using blogs for personal development is that it’s something that you can control and do every day for FREE. Getting in to the habit of reading a blog every day is something that can take a few weeks but by making it part of your professional development you will feel the benefits as they will provide fresh thinking, ideas and motivation. The practice of reflection is also a key component of development as we learn through our experiences working out what's gone well and what we can improve on.
Reading blogs contribute to CPD evidence but it’s sometimes difficult to capture this as evidence as it falls in the informal learning category so most often doesn’t get recorded and gets dismissed as evidence. Joss Anderson shares fantastic hints and tips around CPD that is a must read in Pain-Free CPD and to continue building on that post here are some tools that can also help you keep track, save and record the blogs you read or in deed any content to come across on the web to read and access on variety of devices to suit your hectic lifestyle:
These tools allow you to save content of interest from a variety of sources and add your own comments and thoughts giving you the ability to create interesting, colourful and often creative works of art.
It’s time to make gathering evidence fun and interesting; let us know if you start to use any of these tools in the comments below.
If you know any other tools that can be used we’d love to hear about them.