Just how social am I?
The simple answer: not very!
It’s not that I don’t want to be more involved and interactive in social media, I just find it quite challenging for two main reasons:
Time – keeping up to date with twitter, blogs, blog comments and forums all takes time. Participation in social media for me is a bit of a time management issue…not because I don’t have some spare time to hand occasionally but because of point number two…
Confidence – most of the time, I don’t feel as though I have anything interesting to add…or I realise I might have had something to say but only when it’s too late! It also tends to take me forever to actually write anything (see point about time) because I spend so long trying to make sure it’s suitable/useful/sensible/perfect before I send it out there.
The confidence issue partly comes down to the fact I’m just starting out in the profession and still have a lot to learn – once I become more sure of my footing I’m sure I’ll have more to say. For now I’m happy to sit back and take it all in – jumping in on the odd occasion when I feel I can… and CPD23 has most definitely helped to increase the number of times I’ve taken the leap recently…
Speaking of which…
I did take part in a UKLibchat discussion on Twitter! The chat was based on Library Spaces and Space management and since my Trainee Project was based around the topic questions, I decided to join in! It was an interesting discussion with participants from a wide range of sectors and some fun ideas were shared too. If it were something I did more regularly, I’m sure I’d get to know the other participants more too – so that’s something to aim for in the future.
Time for a Plan of Action!
- Set aside a specific time each week to read blogs I follow and comment on at least two of them [by the end of the week]
- Look for a blog from a different sector to follow [by the end of the week]
- Take part in another UKLibChat [by the end of the month]
- Choose a Library forum to become active in [by the end of September]