My Network

 

My digital presence is of medium size. I have so many accounts all over the place! My sharing and communicating online, is small, which actually made this exercise quite difficult!

I find that I can learn so much online, reading articles, reading the news, updates on how my friends are, and so much more. I find other peoples’ interests, interest me and I look into things more closely.”The spread of knowledge through a network closely resembles the spread of infection: learning is contagious”  (Kleinberg, 2007). For example, a friend of mine has become rather famous online due to her vegan posts. This made me curious to the options out there, as I have an allergy to milk. The more I read and learnt, the more disturbed I was by some of the practices out there. Especially when thinking about milk! My son also has an allergy to milk, so learning about the different substitutes available and baking that you can do, has been life changing for me.

I find I am joining more and more networking groups within online networking platforms. These groups are allowing me to grow professionally. “For a learner in a network, there is typically greater value to be found in diverse networks than in those that are self-similar. If a network consists of many different people with various skills and interests, then there is a far greater chance that someone in the network will have the skills and interests needed to assist with a particular learning goal” (Anderson, Dron, 2014, p. 155). I have been enjoying building my professional network, while I have actually reduced my personal network. I did a Facebook Friends purge, where I got rid of a whole bunch of people that I really don’t talk to. Why did I feel the need to have these people on my Facebook in the first place? We were never really friends, yet, it mattered! Maybe because we had so many mutual friends, maybe because I wanted to have a bigger friends number. As I have been focusing so much more on my professional network, I have realized, that I would like a smaller personal network. Something more manageable and controlled. Is that even possible when it comes to online?

My Network Mapping Breakdown:

I have broken down myself into the three versions of myself; professional, personal, and student. For my professional aspects, I have been looking to increase my online presence, making myself more available than ever before to clients, co-workers, and students. For my personal aspects, I have narrowed down my online usage, limited my personal information available online, and really looked at who has access to my information. For my student aspects, I have networked and made so many friends. I have also been a student for quite some time! I have been in some form of post-secondary since 2006! Once I finished a diploma, I kept on taking courses, moving on to my Degree, Professional Designation, Professional Development Certificates within the CPA, and my Masters.

If my map seems a bit chaotic, I think I have nailed this one on the head. My life is chaotic, that’s the truth. I have so much going on, but I love it. I love being busy, I love the rush, and I love knowing that I am accomplishing things.

 

References:

Kleinberg, J. M. (2007). Cascading behavior in networks: Algorithmic and economic issues. In N. Nisan, T. Roughgarden, E. Tardos, & V. Vazirani (Eds.), Algorithmic game theory (pp. 613-632). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dron, J, & Andreson, T. (2014). Teaching Crowds. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved from http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120235

My Digital Presence

Who am I online?

I was reading “Guest Post | Who Are You Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity” (Schryver, 2013) and I felt like this article hit me right in the gut…. Hard…. When it comes to my social media, I am private, but I share what I feel like is appropriate.

What is appropriate?

Definition of appropriate

especially suitable or compatible FITTING

(Merriam Webster)

I post what is happy. Not what is real. Not how I’m feeling, how I’m doing or the struggles of the day. I post what I feel is suitable for public content, not necessarily the whole truth.

My goal through this course and defining my digital presence, is to allow myself to be myself. To let my feelings come out in my writing.

I had my 1 on 1 with Elizabeth this week and I explained to her my idea for my digital presence. Will it change? Grow? Adapt to each course and learning I am undertaking? Absolutely! Or I at least, I hope so!

So here I am, “The Momfessional”.

This is me. I am a mom, I am a professionally designated accountant, and I want to confess. I want to be able to bring in my two worlds, let them collide and raise chaos. Then, I want to be honest about it. I want to confess what happened, how I struggled and persevered. My LinkedIn account will remain very professional. Through Twitter and my Blog, I hope to bring more of me and this identity I have cultivated for myself.

I am someone who craves control, works hard to make sure everything falls into place and lines up. Then I had my son…. Nothing went to plan, I had to let go. I like letting go.

Gardner Campbell said, “In building that personal cyberinfrastructure, students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking” (Campbell, 2009). Let’s open up that learning portal and figure this out as well go. Let’s all let go together and see how paths deviate and twist and turn.

Working through the Unit readings has already helped me immensely in figuring out who I have been online. Who I was, maybe still who I am to some degree. Through the readings and learning that I will be undertaking, I can change, develop, and grow. By completing each reading and each course, I feel like I will gain knowledge and awareness of my areas of weakness and strengths, I can make this happen. Make it happen the way I want it to.

How do I measure such a personal challenge? This is something I haven’t figured out and I am ok with that. Maybe I will just know, my gut will know, and I will feel it! Maybe I can learn some tools to do this. We shall see.

I’m excited, are you?

References:

Schryver, K. (2013, February 05). Guest Post | Who Are You Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity. Retrieved May 1, 2019, from https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/guest-post-who-are-you-online-considering-issues-of-web-identity/?_r=0

Appropriate. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2019, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appropriate

A Personal Cyberinfrastructure. (2009, September 4). Retrieved May 1, 2019, from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure