It was also via Twitter that I discovered Dr. Medina's keynote was online. By the way, Twitter is not just for consumption. Don't forget to share the Twitter Love and pass on the great information you learn. Also, not to miss is Chris Lehmann's closing keynote.
I was also following the Twitter streams of many folks I've come to call friends over the last few years. These were not people who automatically became friends on the first "follow." These were relationships that were built just like we build them in real life. By talking about nonsense and by talking about topics of which we agree, disagree and that we are passionate. These are people who I sought out AND/OR who reached out to me.
|Mark Wagner "saves" a chair for me.|
|Teryl Magee "channels" me.|
So, does it look intimidating to someone who doesn't already know someone else there? Yes, probably. Who owns this problem though? Can you fault the folks who have established relationships and are excited to see each other and can finally have conversations that are over 140 characters at a clip? Or do you fault the folks who want to be in those conversations?
I say, neither.
There is no blame here because there is no problem of exclusion.
If you want to be a part of this community, and I recommend you do because it's just awesome, I say you need to "pay your dues." Just as you would in any relationship, you need to say, "Hello" and introduce yourself. You then need to cultivate a relationship by doing what people do; communicate in an ongoing and thoughtful manner.
There's no secret password. There's no test. There's no IQ requirement (thank goodness, for I'd be out immediately), there's no assumption of knowledge or pedagogical agreement.
Having said that, I will say that I do not know everyone but I do know that we are as different as are all people. Some of us are very outgoing and some are very shy. Some are very friendly and some appear to be less friendly and take a little while to warm up. Some will engage you in an argument almost immediately and some just want to sing with you. Some you will like very much and some you will not. The EduBlogger community is a real community of real people who just want to solve the problems of the edu-world, one student at a time.
If you want to do that too, then stop whining about it and say, "Hello" next time instead of walking away.