As I think back on the first week, we made our visitor resident map and I realized that I do not have much of an online presence. I am more of a visitor (read: lurker) than a resident of digital spaces. I go to Facebook to see what other folks are up to. I Google the answers to my day-to-day questions (unlike my students who tend to go to YouTube first)! I want to contribute but I hesitate…
On the first synchronous call, I mentioned my concern about being called out in the open and then, Natalie Wright shared her experience of having great conversations with individuals who challenged her. I was inspired and encouraged by her sharing.
In the book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin writes about living in “an atmosphere of growth.” The visitor and resident map exercise and the subsequent conversation has me thinking about how I can grow my online presence. One idea that Joe Murphy mentioned was goodreads. In the last couple of years, I have worked hard to get back to one of my favorite past times, reading. I never really thought about goodreads as a social network but, wow, it totally is one! By the end of this workshop, I hope to join and start making connections with others with similar interests.
I am glad to be a part of this learning community and know I will continue to explore my digital identity in the coming weeks!