I am concerned with not becoming too closed to rely on learning first from within my closest circle of friends. I realise it is a natural trend. I am far readier to accept recommendations to read from people I contact more often. As inspiring as they all are, gradually they are becoming my comfort zone of learning, which makes me wonder whether I practice what I preach.
I believe a network is an organic entity. It needs permeability. Some RSS feeds going in and out of my attention constantly. A network needs to allow me to reach the people and places where sense will be made here and now in my learning journey. This reaching out/pulling nodes process has to be elastic and fairly easy -at least in theory.
I find all of the above is related to the dichotomy sometimes expressed like this:
In blogs, you subscribe to content. In Twitter, you subscribe to the person.
Or vice versa. It does not matter too much. There is no correct way of doing it. What is necessary, if we are to make sense, is to be aware every time what, how and why we are subscribing.
Reading the Wise is easy, sifting for great thoughts in a sea of publications is more like the kind of advanced literacy we will need.
We go from content to people to achieve learning resulting in networking. My point is it should not end there. The process needs to restart all over again at several points.
Just wanted to note down this to bring me back to the original track. Sometimes I go astray in my learning journey.
Labels: literacy, networking, RSS