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I had a go at writing (and presenting) my own guide to being a connected educator a few years ago. I really like your point that a PLN is not something you create in an afternoon, for me it is a verb, not a noun.
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And so, the left-hand turn that I spoke about earlier is this. I will maintain this blog, but I will also maintain the Tumblr blog, and it is here that I will record my lifestream. I don’t expect anyone to be particularly interested in the lifestream – it really is a personal curation of bits and pieces that I have found interesting – but if you would like to see what it looks like, feel free to check it out at Finding the connections – no sign in is required. If you are on Tumblr, please feel free to follow! Although Tumblr gets a bad rap for dodgy and questionable content, used like this, I feel it is another creative and positive space that can be incorporated into my PLN.

Well done Kay. I think that you have conquered what I feel is the biggest challenge, the workflow. Even with all of Chris Aldrich’s suggestions, I have followed the path of manual til it hurts. I have always been unsure about depending on IFTTT.

I have documented my workflow here, although it is probably due for an update. I have also taken to using emojis to break the information (and feeds) up.