I started an L&D blog! Why?

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I’ve been building a list of “I could blog about this” topics for more than two years, but I’ve never made getting my blog together a personal priority. Until now, that is!

I published ‘Just Curious’ to get my thoughts on workplace learning (and maybe a few other topics) “out there” in hopes of starting a conversation. I also hope to use this site as a home base for other professional activities, including speaking and consultation work. However, this blog is more for me than it is for anyone who reads it. I’ve been blogging on a variety of topics at work for more than a year, and I’ve found that writing helps me better organize and expand on my own ideas. Add to that the potential discussion from reader comments, and blogging is well worth the time and effort.

I’ll try to share my latest ideas and thoughts on L&D topics at least twice per week, maybe more if there’s something super exciting going on (like a conference or something). I hope to provide a fresh and original take on current topics of discussion. If one of my posts sounds awkwardly similar to something else you’ve read lately, I promise it’s accidental inspiration and not a lack of attribution or otherwise. I read A LOT of stuff through Twitter, and sometimes it gets lost up there (pointing at my head). Correct me, and I’ll take care of it.

So that’s why I started my blog, but why did I decide to call it ‘Just Curious’ anyway?

  1. I’m a naturally curious person. I tend to only accept new information if I understand the WHYs behind it. I Google a lot. I learn because I’m curious.
  2. To that end, I believe curiosity is necessary for most learning to occur. This is especially true of learning that occurs in everyday life and on the job. If we (L&D people) can stimulate people’s natural curiosity and provide them the necessary resources to satisfy this urge to learn, we can enable significant performance improvement.
  3. I tend to say “just curious” a lot in conversation … Consider it a JDism.

Thanks to everyone who has inspired me through their own writing (many listed here), and I hope that my opinions and ideas are worth the read! JD

  • JD Dillon is the world’s foremost expert on frontline learning and enablement. He is also one of the most prolific authors and speakers in the workplace learning community. For 20 years, JD has worked in operations and talent development with some of the world’s most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan and AMC. He is the founder of LearnGeek, a workplace performance advising and insights group. He is also Chief Learning Architect with Axonify, where he builds technology, content and services that enable frontline employees around the world to do their best work every day.