Making conversation

3982526653_2260dac17d_oWhile I love participating in events such as the rhizothings and other connectivist happenings, they can be both overwhelming and isolating at times. Overwhelming because of the sheer volume of content that is being disseminated; isolating because while everybody is sharing with everybody else, sometimes it doesn’t feel like anybody is listening to what others are saying.  There’s nothing lonelier than a tweet with no favourites, replies or retweets, a blog post with no likes or comments, or a forum post with no interaction.

DSC_2005_2 Of course, there some folk who are amazing at sharing what others have done, responding to what they are saying and encouraging them (you know who you are!), and I thank everybody who ever takes the time to engage with what I say or do. I’m conscious that I often do not so as much as I could to let other know how much I appreciate what they do, so I’m going to make a conscious effort during #DigiWriMo to practice 15508813887_3f3d212f6a_osomething Terry Elliot suggested recently (sorry, Terry, can’t remember exactly where you said this). For every blog post I write I am going to make sure I comment meaningfully on at least 5 others.   I’m not much of a one for setting myself goals, objectives or outcomes when I enter into these events, but this seems like something I should aspire to do.

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5 Responses to Making conversation

  1. You’re going to comment on FIVE others?! Dear lord that’s dedication. I might start with one…

  2. charlenedoland57 says:

    I think this is a GREAT idea! I didn’t see Terry’s post (probably somewhere among my unread feeds). I’m going to jump on this bandwagon. I agree that it sometimes seems our words go out into cyberspace and get swallowed up. That’s not very connected…

  3. Tania Sheko says:

    I will take inspiration from you and try to do the same. It can only lead to more connections so more learning in the best way.

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