I’m starting this monthly wrap-up with a call to action. I know…I’m doing it backwards, but if I want you to take anything away from this month, it’s to not be afraid to share your work with someone. It can be your best friend. It can be your club. It can be the entire internet. You’re doing something. If it isn’t utterly, completely, mind-blowingly awesome, that’s fine. There are going to be elements of awesome in it, and someone else might be able to spot it and help you bring it out. That’s why we gather into communities of practice, to help each other.
So, that’s what I want. I want you to show to an audience size you’re comfortable with what you’ve been working on. (You can even share it with me if you choose. I like seeing what people are working on, but I feel I should warn you that I have a very difficult time shutting up either my inner teacher or my inner editor and the feedback might be a bit more thorough, questioning, or direct than you might be expecting.)
All right. Let’s wrap up this month correctly. We haven’t covered a whole lot of ground here, simply because so much of it has been covered in other ways on this blog and because so much of it is advice that can be applied at many levels of experience. When you put in the time doing research, doing work, bringing something into existence, then you should put it somewhere where the right people will see it and help you improve it or will look at it and think, Holy taco! This person has an amazing grasp of this idea or skill. I should tell them, or hire them, or approach them to collaborate.
When we share our projects, we’re telling our audience, “This is what I can do. This is what I’ve learned. This is what I think. I’m choosing to share this with you.” And that’s pretty awesome.
So, as we wrap up this yearlong study of the personal learning environment, I’m challenging you to show off your awesome.
As I said last month, I am shifting away from the monthly theme format after this month, so thank you for indulging me this year while I experimented with the format. I’m still not sure how I’m going to proceed from here, but so much in my life has changed over the last year and it’s time to align my blog to my new life. Hopefully, you’ll stick around and keep reading. If not, I understand and appreciate your reading this far.