Being active in many networks (@cristinacost)

Cristina CostaA post from Cristina Costa on “How I manage to keep active in so many networks” was one I read at the weekend that stopped me in my tracks and made me think “that’s it, that’s what I meant to say!”

But what was the question? Simple … when someone questions your activity on blogs, Twitter, Google+, etc., how do you respond?

“It’s actually really valuable to me, and it is only a reflection of how it has progressed. It was not always like that … it rather evolved to become what it is today!”

Cristina notes that it’s about the journey from nowhere to here, it’a about changing the way we work to get the most and best out of what is available. Whether it’s online, in the office, in the queue for a cuppa in the morning, in a meeting, etc. It’s all about making sure you have access tot the best of what’s on offer.

“[It’s] important to remember that working and participating online requires you to change the way you work… or at least, to acknowledge that the way you work is not the way your mother imagines you work. Working from 9 to 5 in academia is just unrealistic. Concentrating for long periods of time just doesn’t work for me.” [emphasis is mine]

Yes. We haven’t always been online tweeting and ‘liking’ what we read or post. For many it’s a new thing but for some of us it’s become an integral part of our daily (read: all day, everyday; including evenings, weekends, and family holidays) grind.

“Building your personal learning network doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to build confidence to post “your own stuff”. And it takes equal effort to build your network. It’s important to choose the people you follow because they will be the ones providing critical content. Collective intelligence is the hook to your participation and existence in these networks [in my humble opinion, that is]; the social interaction what brings it all together.”

When talking about the personal learning network I would also add that it is important to note that it is not always a deliberate effort, that the network grows because of the activity and not the intention – when I started blogging and tweeting I did not know the term PLN or personal learning network, nor had I even thought that I was creating anything like this, I just ‘did it’ to find knowledge and share my own with like-minded individuals.

Please read Cristina’s post in full: “How I manage to keep active in so many networks”. Does this sound familiar, is this how you have grown in and around social networking, is this how your colleagues view your online activity? Leave a comment here or on Cristina’s original post and share your experiences.