When I first joined this ning network there were only a few hundred of us. It was so exciting to get feedback on my blog entries, and contribute to and start discussions. I remember those early heady days here. I would check my e-mail constantly to see if anyone had responded to anything I had written. I got to "know" some people. I learned so much from everyone. I experienced a little "fame;" more people started reading my blog and Steve Hargadon even interviewed me about one of my projects.

As my life got busier, I found less time to contribute and participate here. Next thing I knew, there were 3.362 members. That seemed intimidating to me. I felt like my experience here wouldn't be the same given all of the growth. I stepped away.

Recently I've returned. It does seem more overwhelming here than it used to. It is much harder to keep up with all of the conversations. Things move much more quickly. But there are also many more people who can respond to an idea and provide feedback in a discussion.

You get out of ning what you put into it. The more you contribute by starting or responding to discussions, the more interaction you will have with others. The beauty of this network is that we are all here because we are excited about technology. I had forgotten how nice it is to come to a place where people share similar goals and values. It is great to be back!

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Comment by Sylvia Martinez on October 13, 2007 at 11:49am
Welcome back!
Comment by Connie Weber on October 13, 2007 at 3:03pm
Hi Elizabeth--and Sylvia too--
Good to hear from you. Your voice adds so much to CR2.0. Hey--I am adjusting to the pace, too. And learning about the investment. As you said, you get out of it what you put into it. But it's hard to keep up! And the busyness of school or life creates all sorts of ebbs and flows, which make it relatively more difficult or easier to invest energy on the network.
Probably our students go through this exact "turning point" or "adjustment point" with the networks they use. I wonder.
Anyhow, glad to hear your blog comments!

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