Bookmarked Pausing Twitter by Pernille Ripp
So for now, I will be on here. I will be in my classroom fully present. I will try to find a better balance between sharing and staying quiet. I will be in the Global Read Aloud community, the Passionate Readers community. I will be actually reading more of the fantastic things written by others whose work inspires me to be more than I am. I will be diving back into research. I will be looking at my own practices in order to grow. I will be by my fireplace reading a book. I will be at my dinner table laughing with my kids. I will be just Pernille, not Pernille that has a lot to say and doesnโ€™t always know when to be quiet. If you see me on there, it is probably a cross-posting from Instagram or a very rare moment indeed. But until then, take care of yourself. I am trying to take care of me.
This is another insightful reflection from Pernille Ripp. It continues on from her apology earlier this year for stepping back. It makes me wonder what happens to the ‘edu-influencer‘ when they step back? As much agree with Joe Sanfileppo about the power and potential of being connected, what happens when those people stop answering?
Bookmarked How to get human time back from technology | NEXT Conference (NEXT Conference)
The addictive seductions of technology are limiting our creativity and potential , instead of enhancing it. Author Amber Case suggests how we can fix this by reclaiming human time, and keeping our phones in their place.
Amber Case provides some strategies to support users in being more mindful of their technology use:

  • Spend an hour a day without a device
  • Call instead of text
  • Pause before you react on social media
  • Install browser plugins to calm your web browsing experience
  • Improve Sleep Cycles and restore circadian rhythms
  • Defragment your brain through nature
  • Disable alerts on your phone
  • Create to do lists on paper

Some of this reminds me of Clay Shirky’s focus on awkward habits. That is one of the positives I have found about the IndieWeb. For more from Amber Case, listen to her Team Human interview.

via Adam Tinworth

Liked You donโ€™t have to live in public by Austin Kleon (austinkleon.com)
I still find value in being on Twitter (just yesterday I learned about a new-to-me artist from a follower) but it is increasingly hard to justify much time spent there and on other social media sites, like Instagram. Thatโ€™s why I continue to write here every day and keep up my weekly newsletter, both of which produce better thinking and better work from me and give me a stronger, more deeper connection to my audience