The strange thing was that I found it through a non-driving thread that Google spat out at me one day. Over the next month or so I contributed to a few threads and slowly began to feel more and more at home.
Of course there was an amazing value to my membership, there was great comfort to be had in the knowledge that regardless of what issues I came across during my working day, I knew that I had access to all the answers I needed. It’s true that sometimes the answers are mixed in amongst a mess of opinion and hearsay, but that’s the nature of a forum.
However a forum isn’t just an access point to the knowledge of a group of peers, there’s a much deeper more ‘worthy’ value within a forum.
After spending a while asking a few questions on the forum and joining in with all the ‘fun’ threads, I gradually began to tentatively add my own opinion, started to suggest remedy to other members questions. As my confidence grew, my posts began to develop.
I wrote about situations, about the process of driving, about how to build a drive around those wonderful acronyms MSPSL, POM and LADA. Eventually I wrote about instructing.
I use ‘instructing’ there as a generic term, nowadays including the term ‘instructing’ in a post just might inspire some anal goit to come along and point out the difference between instructing and coaching, or training, or educating, or supporting or some such latest buzzword. The point is, whatever it was I started to write about it.
Just on the face of it, talking about instructing to a boatload of ADI’s is a completely different process to the kind of driving talk that an ADI does through their working day. It may not be unheard of, but it’s rare that a pupil can question their instructor in the way another ADI can. So straight away the forum member is aware their words will be analysed in a completely new way, which in itself encourages them to be more thoughtful with their post.
On top of the audience pressure though, there’s a kind of magic woven into the fabric of creating a forum post, and strangely enough it shows itself as a by-product of those instructional techniques that got me through part 3 in the first place.
On a regular basis I would start to write a post, about some problem another member was having, and I’d have a good idea of where I was going with it, I knew what advice I would offer and I’d know how I wanted to finish the post. Through the process of writing the post though, I’d realise the things I was saying just didn’t add up.
Throughout our whole lives we are confronted with ‘repeaters’. In school our teachers taught us what they were told to teach us. The police enforce restrictions on our lives using information that they have been told or they read. When we phone an individual at the tax office we are told what we must do, not from the individuals common sense and analysis, but from what the individual has read on the computer screen. Even Doctors do the same thing, you tell them your symptoms and they look it up in a book, repeat the advice given and write a prescription for you.