Time to celebrate my journey, my snapshot of where I am now. When I first started to think about writing this post, I thought, “Man, I’m not at all where I want to be. I wish I had more time to beef up my online connections.” But then I realized I shouldn’t compare myself to anyone else, I should compare myself to me. This is meant to be me saying, “Yea! Look at me! Look how much I have done. No, I am not finished, I hope never to be finished! Look at what I have done in this short time.”
So Yea me!
I recalled that I had taken a screenshot of my Twitter page for a blog post in the first course:
And look at me now:
Can I get a woot woot? It has been fun to step out of my comfort zone on social media and post more, comment more, and read more. I admit to being more intermittent about it than I’d like, but I get sucked in so easily to the wormhole that sometimes I just can’t. Just today I was late to a meeting because I was reading posts and comments on #ISTEIntSch. Just got completely distracted and involved; and as much as I know I shouldn’t, sometimes I just enjoy it so much! That is one of the chats I have been following, others are #AISQ8, and #africaed. I like them because they are small and slow. I have tried a few others but they are so fast I can hardly keep up. My colleagues and I thought about maybe having a little party for #satchat and having each of us try to read as much as we can and like/share/call out the items that meant something to us. Then debrief after. Whew!
One of my favorite connections that has happened with my PLN is that there is a group of us who are hoping to start an online CFG (Critical Friends Group.) Years ago I was lucky enough to be at a school that has them and I got trained as a facilitator and had a few years in schools with them. I miss them so much. One time on Twitter, I saw someone post something about their CFG. I mentioned how I longed to have one again. Some liked and agreed while others wanted to know more. The idea was born to host one online with a group of us who seemed interested.
It all started with this one tweet:
There was a LOT of conversation. This is just a tiny little glimpse:
It boiled down to 7 of us across 5 timezones and a 7 hour time spread who really wanted to see if we could make it work. We chatted on Twitter for a while and finally started a chat group
In the end we decided not to move forward just now. Although I am disappointed, I’m still excited because of the connections I made, the people I have as “friends” who I can call on for help. For instance, one of the guys who was interested even shared some resources to me from something he saw me tweet about.
Another way I have really made my PLN work for me is with people who I have worked with in some capacity in the past who I call on. Wendy from CoETaIL has been great with connecting about badging. My friend and former colleague, Lisa, is always there for me with ideas and connections. Carl is an amazing leader and wealth of knowledge. Today I reached out to Kelly who now works for SMART and is super when I need her. Not to mention Susan, Laura, Teresa, Patrick, Sara, Danieal, Bret… I could go on and on.
I feel so lucky that these are just a few examples of how my PLN has worked for me. I know I could have a larger PLN and my reach could be even farther, but I am happy with what I have achieved thus far and look forward to seeing how much further I can go. It’s a lot for this online introvert/shy person to have done and I look forward to seeing it grow more and more.