Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth) has thrown out some queries in support of #plym12 that asked about people’s Top 3 tools for their PLN. Many of the results followed a similar theme: Twitter, Blogs, Social Bookmarking…that sort of thing. My Top 3 were: Twitter, my Blog, and Evernote. Niall Gavin (@niallgavinuk) responded with a Top 5 and made the interesting inclusion of Instagram as part of his PLN.
That made me stop and think.
Niall and I are mutual followers on IG and I’ve enjoyed the renewal of my photographic hobby interest through that tool*. But I considered it just that, a hobby. Not necessarily something I would instinctively think of as a core part of my PLN, right??
Wrong. And I should have known better.
As Niall put it when I commented on the inclusion:
RT @niallgavinuk: RT @niallgavinuk: @elearningguy Just part of the mix; overlaps social and professional – #wholeperson #showingup
He’s absolutely right. Everything that you do, particularly something that has a social, commentary, or developmental/creative aspect, contributes to your learning and growth. Had I actually taken a moment to think beyond the narrow confines of my assumptions, I would have remembered my recent Snapguide activity related to IG (ironically, the post right before this one).
So here’s my learning for today: Keep my PLN boundaries open. If I can learn something – no matter what I’m doing – then I’ve succeeded.
Thanks, Niall…I owe ya one.*Desperately hoping that Facebook doesn’t completely fuck it up after the purchase