If someone had told me that in 2009, I would build an online community and start blogging, I would have looked at them with a puzzled expression on my face. I knew what Twitter was at this time last year, but I certainly saw no value in it. Who would want to know the ridiculous aspects of people’s lives that I had heard were being tweeted: going to get milk for the cat; lost my cars keys; have a runny nose. I have enough trouble keeping the details of my own life straight. I did not need to know about other people’s.
Then I learned about how to use Twitter as a tool for professional development and as a means to share ideas with people who are interested in topics that I care about. It only took one #edchat, and I was hooked. As of today, I have 430 Followers; I follow almost 450 people; I have tweeted over 1,400 times in the last 6 months. Wow! That is a community of people whose faces I know, in only the single expression of their photo, but whose ideas connect me to them. Who knows how that group will grow in the coming year? I have no idea if I will continue to follow more and more people, or if there is a saturation point, where there are as many ideas and information sources as I can process coming in. I am wondering if I will need to cull through the people I follow for the most significant. I will be interested to see how it evolves. I would love to know other people’s experiences.
Then there is this blog, a new and fascinating place to express my thinking and explore the world of 2.0 in my life and in Middle School. I want to continue the conversation that goes on here and on Twitter. My first 2010 goal is to put together a Survey Monkey for the 8th grade to do on their use of Facebook and other online tools. I will post those results when I get them.
Happy 2010 to all!