I found the article on cultivating my PLN to be very useful. Even just in the beginning stages, I seem to have forgotten that this is social media. Meaning it is constantly changing. Because of this, I am in control of “weeding out” or adding to my PLN. If someone is sharing invaluable information that does not quite fit with what I am building on, I can easily unfollow, or in essence “kick them out” of my PLN.
I never had considered my role in the PLN, however. I suppose I always thought my information to be invaluable. My input as a student is much different than that of someone who has held a classroom for 5 years, and even more different that a mother homeschooling her 7 children. However, I still have input. So engaging in valuable and in depth conversations may be beneficial to those around me. That’s such an invigorating thought!
The easiest way to convince others to follow me and to read what it is I have to say, is to say stuff worth reading/hearing. If I take time to invest in the homeschooling input and my views on it, others will be more apt to want to learn from me. If I care about what is spoken about, others will to. This helps motivate me to think twice before tweeting or blogging.