About a year ago, I had a very unpleasant experience at school which left a very bad taste in my mouth. For reasons that aren’t really that important anymore, it made me change a lot of what I was doing at school and with my volunteer time. My twitter account and this blog were among the temporary casualties (you may have noticed a long dry spell in my posts).
A few months ago, I felt ready to come back to twitter and this blog, but I hesitated, particularly with my twitter account. I felt that I had missed so much from the people who I follow (mostly other educators who do a fantastic job at sharing about what they do) that I feared an ‘uphill battle’ at getting re-integrated into the ‘twitter stream’. I also felt a bit ‘sheepish’, as if I were a member of the group who had left, then tried to ‘sneak’ back into the conversation.
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I wasn’t reading my timeline for more than about 15 minutes before I was already saving new bookmarks to my delicious account, retweeting some of the people who I follow and getting some inspiration for a couple of new posts to this blog. It was so much easier to ‘jump back in’ than I had feared it was. Even coming back to this blog was less onerous than I feared.
I also had another ‘aha’ moment…I don’t have to feel guilty if I can’t follow my twitter feed some days for fear of missing something. The people who I follow, whom I call my online PLN (professional learning network) are so good at sharing what they do that there is more than enough material they provide on a day-to-day basis that I will ALWAYS have fantastic things to read about.
Now, I just have to find good ways of sharing things myself.