11 years, and what have I learned
It is incredibly hard to believe, but 11 years ago I wrote my very first blogpost. At the time I wasn’t sure I was going to stick with it, so it was a Blogger setup that was actually hosted on Andrew’s site. But after I started to get a bit of a following, and I decided I wanted to run 2 separate blogs (one about all my crafting ventures), I decided I needed my own site.
But when I first started my blog, it was named “Did you know . . .” and everyday I would post random tidbits of things that I learned. Article links I’d read, bits I’d gleaned from reading the books from the company I work for, snippets in magazines, and the more than occasional “I wonder where that came from”.
Eleven years later and my focus on this blog is very different. Almost nonexistent, honestly. I no longer have time to sit and read hours and hours of blog posts. I don’t find myself getting OH SO ANGRY as much anymore. And I don’t get quite as excited about sharing little nuggets if info that I learn. Although I think Andrew would appreciate it if I returned to writing them online instead of my often frequent “Heh? Did you know that the fat of conventionally raised pigs is harder than the fat of free-range/acorn-fed pigs? This means it is easier to make charcuterie with reliable results when using conventionally raised pigs.”
But today I got an email completely out of the blue from someone on the design team at MastersDegree.net who created a graphic about ocean exploration. And it is so very cool, that I thought you may wish to see it as well.
Created by: MastersDegree.net
And this got me thinking about this site, what I’ve learned, and how I’ve changed my thinking. When I first started working at this company, I honestly looked at the text as the most important part of the textbooks we produce. But during my time here, and during my time meeting some fantastic graphic designers, I’ve learned that is not true. It is quite possible to learn more information in a graphic than in several paragraphs of text. We are all visual learners, some more than others admittedly, and a well-created graphic (like the one linked above) can provide a great deal of information in a short time and if it is created well, the information packed into that graphic can be retained for longer than the same information written in prose. Knowing when prose is more important and when an image is more important isn’t easy. But learning visually, graphically, is easier for many people. I thank and admire people who are capable of taking very complex issues and expressing them visually to make it easier to remember and relate to.
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