3 folks dropped out of the PLN in just 3 days… Why?
One of them, Gavin Dudeney, gives his preliminary reflection why here, and I sympathize with with his particular situation. However, as a newbie, I’m on a “tweet high” these days– sharing, learning, giggling and meeting tons of great new folks.
I think most people would agree that twitter can be anything for anyone, as it’s really just a reflection of the community we engage—- the same as any tool that connects/disconnects people… be it a flower, a poem, an AA group, or a weapon.
This reminds of an odd piece of advice that defined me as a young chap. It’s a personal story that had a big impact on me, and I feel like sharing it, and hence sharing a bit of who I am, and my background. At a mere 9 years old, I joined my father, his father and 10 of my grandpa’s buddies on a weekend retreat at a small cabin in the countryside. I was the sole lil’ person.
One of my grandpa’s buddies, Chuck, was known for being a great guy, but also hard as nails. He shared with me the following words, and I remember that moment perfectly– his “old man breath”, the intensity in his eyes, and that smile that came at end because he knew he had planted a seed.
“If you hang around with assholes you’re gonna get shit on”
Strong words for a nine-year old, eh?
I’m 31 and crude as it may be, it still rings so true. The language marked me, and, though I know his intention was good, his message was fear-based more than encouraging me to find “good” friends.
Why share this?
To encourage my community to be the master of this amazing tool.
To be supportive but also genuine.
To connect with interesting people, but not make it a popularity contest— if you join hundreds or thousands, many will be superficially so…
Have fun but remember, as Old Chuck said, that there are assholes out there.
In the end, often, what you seek is close to what you find, but sometimes the wind will be the wind, and we can control but the sails.
Would love to hear what you think about it all. Cheers, b