Building and participating in PLN’s has proven invaluable. I enjoy being able to read about the experiences and ideas of other educator’s at my leisure. Personally, reading blogs and joining PLN’s is preferable to engaging in face-to-face conversations. I think thought completion and clarity often fall victim to the nature of face-to-face conversations (time constraints, tangents, and digressions). Although I am leery of sharing my thoughts publicly, my conscience drives me to do so occasionally. I tend to feel guilty about being a consumer (following and using ideas) of blogs and PLN’s without contributing. Experience has revealed that a blog or PLN is most useful when its creator(s) and its members contribute and collaborate. So, I try to comment on at least one blog each time I go through my Google Reader.
A blog that always provides me with food for thought is My Island View: Educational, Disconnected Utterances by Tom Whitby. Peruse, and let me know what you think about Mr. Whitby's utterances.