Learning From Those who Know

I continually struggle with how best to share here on this blog. Guess I’m trying to find my voice, which is difficult when one’s personal life is so thoroughly enmeshed with one’s professional life and the company you work for needs to keep much of what it does close to the vest. So I need to work on separating those things that are mine (my thoughts, that is) and those things that are my company’s.

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There are a couple of bloggers whose thoughts I really respect and I am learning a bit from them on how to go about doing this and growing my ability to share and connect. There are others as well, but the two I’m speaking of are Euan Semple and Gil Yehuda. Euan has a blog he calls “The Obvious“. Here’s what he says in the section “About this blog”: “This is my personal blog which I began in February 2001. I called it The Obvious? when I wrote anonymously and chose the name to reflect the fact I have to overcome my inhibitions about stating the obvious!” This resonates so strongly with me as I have always felt that anything I saw had to be obvious to everyone since it was so obvious to me. I’ve learned that’s not necessarily the case, but I have yet to fully convince myself it’s true. Reading Euan and, especially, the method he uses in his blog, is very instructive to me; might be to you as well.

Gil Yehuda’s blog is a bit different, as he writes a great deal about Enterprise 2.0. In fact, the title of his blog is “Gil Yehuda’s Enterprise 2.0 Blog“. Gil doesn’t write quite the same as Euan. Most of his posts are a bit longer, though short enough to not be tedious to anyone who’s used to the rapid-fire reality of today’s online world. Since my greatest interest – indeed, my job – is centered around Enterprise 2.0 capabilities and design principles, I appreciate Gil’s clarity and constancy of purpose in sharing his thoughts. His latest post, “What to Contribute: Thoughts of a Blogger“, is a great read on how to deal with the issues I find myself pondering each time I set out to write. I have to admit I have waaay more ideas than I manage to write about.

I intend on learning all I can from these two. I’m hopeful that time will find me opening up more and engaging with greater frequency and, hopefully, clarity as I follow how they do it. There are others – in fact Gil’s latest blog (link above) points to a lot of them, the majority of whom I follow on Twitter – and I will write about them as well as time goes on. Each has a voice worthy of listening to, even if your interest isn’t Enterprise 2.0, as they have firmly established themselves in the “blogosphere”. Check ’em out.

About Rick Ladd

I retired nearly 13 years ago, though I've continued to work during most of the time since then. I'm hoping to return to work on the RS-25 rocket engine program (formerly the SSME) which will power our return to the moon. Mostly I'm just cruising, making the most of what time I have remaining. Although my time is nearly up, I still care deeply about the kind of world I'll be leaving to those who follow me and, to that end, I am devoted to seeing the forces of repression and authoritarianism are at least held at bay, if not crushed out of existence. I write about things that interest me and, as an eclectic soul, my interests run the gamut from science to spirituality, governance to economics, art and engineering. I'm hopeful one day my children will read what I've left behind. View all posts by Rick Ladd

4 responses to “Learning From Those who Know

  • Gil Yehuda

    Rick, Thanks for the kind mention. I’m glad to be included in such esteemed company. IMO your best blogging voice is the most authentic voice — as long as you are also being careful about work-related disclosures :-).


    • Rick Ladd

      Gil – I should be learning, as I’ve said, from others and one of the things I want to do is be as responsive as possible to comments. That should be easy now, as my blog is barely read by anyone. I appreciate your advice and, if you look at my presence, you will see I have (almost) always used my real name to contribute . . . everywhere (with the exception of a blog I once created to vent my darker thoughts about the rampant functional sociopathology I find I’m surrounded by). My interests are quite eclectic and at times I find myself a bit concerned about being too authentic and incurring the wrath of someone I’d rather not have to defend myself to (like company execs, the legal dept., etc.). Nevertheless, I feel I have something to add to the discussions I encounter and, in the long run, I have no doubt I will give voice to what I believe to be useful and – as you’ve pointed out – authentic. Thanks for taking the time to read my musings.


  • Euan Semple

    Thanks for the kind comments Rick and glad I was able to give you a gentle nudge!


    • Rick Ladd

      Thanks for the read, Euan. I’m grateful for any traffic I receive as I am working hard at “stating (what is to me) ‘The Obvious'”. It can be difficult, but I do believe I will overcome my reluctance, or just get better at couching the things I’m worried about in language that works but isn’t terribly offensive, to say what I have to say. I know, from many years of being told so, I can be a bit acerbic. Therein lies the challenge, methinks.


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