Changes Afoot

I’m working on a new focus and format for this site.   I’ll be doing a “soft launch” and then announcing on Twitter once I have enough content to share.

My earlier blogging experience taught me that I was interpreting the “Publish” button as a “Perfection” button.  Running your work through a perfection filter is a sure way to guarantee doubt, procrastination, analysis paralysis, and meager output. Going forward my goal is to

  • embrace imperfect content,
  • track what works, and
  • build on what I learn.

The whole shebang is a prototype.

Prototypes are built to fail.

Prototypes are built for improvement. 

When we live afraid to fail, we don’t take risks. We don’t bring our entire selves to the table—so we end up failing before we even begin. Let’s stop worrying: What if I fail? Instead, let’s promise ourselves: When I fail, I’ll stick around.  -Abby Wambach

This prototype is worth me failing and sticking around for.

My hiking feet relaxing beside a waterfall in New Hampshire.





5 thoughts on “Changes Afoot

  1. I love the new look and the new posts. Would you be kind enough to share some information about what theme you are using? It’s very nice, your new header is great.

      1. Thanks so much for your quick reply and for following my blog. I love making contact with like minded people and we do seem to have similar views on a range of things. I’m off to the Australian Evaluation Society conference on Monday so I’m excited about that.

  2. I’m interested in what changes you are planning to make. Are you going in a new direction?
    I also work in the evaluation space. (I hate using that phrase, it sounds so pompous and fake but I can’t think of a good alternative). Perhaps it’s better to explain that I don’t “do” evaluations myself but I do a lot of program logic workshops and I help people to write evaluation plans, so I have a pretty good understanding of the field.
    Anyway, I like your approach to life so I’m looking forward to hearing more from you.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Margaret! Evaluation is too important to me (and the world) to leave it behind. One of the reasons I love evaluation, as a practice and profession, is that it applies across settings, sectors, and topics. The shift I’m working on is to connect what is happening in one place/space to others. I was doing some strategy/logic/planning work for a client recently and was reminded how incredibly rewarding that is. Please let me know what you think of the new posts. It’s all highly experimental.

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