I use a web site to keep track of followers and those who unfollow. It’s tacky, I know, but I will follow back on almost anyone who is educationally based, and if you aren’t, if I can see how you’ll add value to my feed and my PLN, I’m going to follow you. Likewise, if I see you’ve unfollowed me, I’ve not added value to your feed, so I feel it’s only right for me to unfollow as well. Again, tacky, maybe, but it seems me sane.
My twitter feed is a mishmash of educators, gardeners, edtech nerds, famers, musicians, artists, authors, feeds with awesome quotes, cool pictures, and on and on. My life is not all about education, so I don’t think my Twitter page should be either. I’ve all ready got a feed for my classroom and a coaching feed, so I’m not going to split out my other one into “professional” and “not professional”. I feel my life gets segmented enough, so I have to draw a line somewhere. It’s authentic, it’s real, and it’s who I am. I am a conflicted soul, always wondering, questioning, and never quite sure of anything.
I found it interesting as I checked that site out, the days that I was tweeting about our church annual conference, after I’d said to excuse me because I was going to be doing a lot of tweeting that way, I lost a ton of followers. Ok, not a ton, but enough that it made me sit up a little straighter and look at how I do my tweeting. Do I want a professional and non-professional feed? Do I need that?
No, I don’t! 🙂 I’m not just a teacher. Like my profile says: I’m a husband and a dad, a son and a brother, an uncle and a friend. If I tweet things people don’t like, they have every right to move on from my feed. But I have every right to tweet what I tweet. If it’s educational stuff, awesome! If it’s about sports, cool! If it’s about our church, excellent (though that’s not going to happen too much!).
So, when you follow my twitter page, I want you to know you are part of a wild and wooly network of learners, a PLN (personal learning network) who are crazy, fun, super intelligent, and wanting to gain knowledge of the life around them! That’s what I want too! I want you to be part of that bigger conversation. And if it’s not for you, that’s ok too.
After all, we can’t always agree about everything, can we?
That would be awful boring! 🙂