This week we were supposed to start contributing to the networks we "joined". I had already been building networks on these platforms, but I was a lot more passive about it. So, I've gone out of my comfort zone and started to try and take a more active role with my contributions.
This isn't easy for me because I don't like pushing myself on to other people. I don't invite myself over to other people's homes or parties, metaphorical or not, even when I know I am probably welcome. I don't want to force someone to be fake nice to me.
So am going about contributing by sharing articles or information that I think may be of use to people. I started with trying to start a dialogue on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter about Google Spaces.
So is Spaces a way to try & cross file sharing with social media? https://t.co/Ie3Y9WFmkh #occue #futureready #edchat #edtech #edtechchat— Mindy B (@Miss_MindyB) May 16, 2016
On the Facebook group and on Google+ I started a very brief dialogue, but it fell flat on Twitter. That's the thing about social media. You can put yourself out there and no one has to return the favor and respond. I put myself out there with this blog, but very rarely do I get responses to my posts. However, thanks to the blogger data, I know that people read them. On the social networks, you don't usually know if people read your posts, so it can be a bit discouraging. That's why I think it's good to start slow.
On that note, that's why, knowing in particular that my classmates might be struggling with getting into Twitter, when I read the blog/podcast mentioned below, I used it as an opportunity to try and contribute meaningfully to Google+ and the cohort's facebook group.
Ultimately, you just need to keep trying. I'm hoping this class will push me to build strong networks of people who will support me and allow me to support them.