After reading Chuck Frey’s piece on How to cultivate a personal learning network: Tips from Howard Rheingold I realized that I have a bit of work to do.
- I need to be more open to discovery. In my explorations online, be it through research on Bing or hashtags on Twitter, I tend to overlook anything that isn’t my initial topic of search. By doing this I am cutting off any serendipitous encounters that I may have. I need to open my eyes and think outside of the box more often.
- I need to look into Diigo, delicious, and listorous!!!
- I need to follow more RSS feeds and Twitter accounts, but I also need to follow less. I’ve noticed just over the span of a week that some of the accounts and blogs I have recently followed aren’t really fitting the bill for me. I need to follow people who share a little more substance in their posts.
- I need to remember that when it comes to my personal learning network it isn’t about quantity, it’s all about quality. I was so excited by the amount of followers I have been getting on twitter lately, but I quickly realized that many of them weren’t worth following back or were only following me for advertising purposes. The number of followers you have is not important if they are not helping you expand your knowledge.
- I need to be more proactive in my sharing. I check my feeds several times a week, looking for inspiring facts and info, but I don’t need to wait for someone else to post first. I should share something that inspires others.
- I don’t think I need to work much harder at being a polite cyberspace participant. I tend to show my appreciation and am mindful of what I post so that I don’t offend too many people.
- I should really concentrate more on my productive give and take. I am not sure if my responses to others’ posts are that valuable to them. Sometimes I get so caught up on assigned comment quotas and making sure that I respond to every comment that I receive that I am not really focused on the substance of what I am typing.
- I am a very sarcastic person in face-to-face conversation, but a part of me must realize that conversations online are not the appropriate place for my banter. I tend to be very genteel yet straightforward in my posts and responses.
I feel that taking these steps to fine-tune my approach to cultivating my personal learning network will really take me that much further in my fly fishing journey.