I’ve decided to add a new category section / page to my blog for “opinion” type posts.
Generally, I try to keep the focus in this blog on “just the facts” about technologies and techniques in educational technology, talking about the technology/tool/technique, how it works, and how it could be useful to practitioners. Generally, my intention on this blog is to try to keep it objective and avoid the subjectivity of personal opinion. This is for two reasons.
First, out of humbleness; who am I after all, as some schmuck in the first decade of my career, to push my opinions on you, the reader? And secondly, related to that, because no one is going to be interested in my personal opinions unless I’m able to regularly bring interesting and useful hard information. But, every once in awhile, I feel the need to speak my mind about the things that annoy, surprise, or amaze in the learning and training industries, what works and what I think needs to change.
The Opinion area of the blog (accessible through the main menu at the top of every page) is the place to find these sorts of posts. Ideally, I would like to segregate this sort of content on its own page. That way readers don’t see these sorts of posts by default on the main feed on the Home page. Unfortunately, WordPress natively only allows you to have one main publishing page. I have to look into finding a more elegant solution.
In the meantime, I’ve made a category page for opinion related posts. As well, I’ll try to make a point of clearly labelling opinion pieces in the post titles with the word “Opinion” so people can know before reading what they’re getting.
For the moment, there are no such posts yet, but I have a few ideas bubbling in my head that I’d like to share in the coming days and weeks.