Ruth asks: “What learning do you all undertake in your lives?”
Until relatively recently, I used to do my fair share of professional reading. All sorts of articles and web stuff – mostly via Zite and Twitter. Then Zite got bought out and shut down, and Twitter? Twitter was full of politics. I started using Twitter less and less, because politics was so depressing. And so my professional reading decreased.
These days I try to keep up with current affairs, but I haven’t found a good way to keep up with professional reading. I could try to revitalise my RSS feeds (I have Feedly set up) – but it would take a bit of work sorting through my feeds, deleting defunct sites and blogs, and finding new feeds to subscribe to. I seem to have a sentimental attachment to my feeds – even the dead ones – and haven’t really kept my subscriptions current. One thing though, I’m not sure how many sites offer RSS feeds these days – they all seem to offer Facebook, Youtube or Twitter options.
With #blogjune I’ve been using Twitter a bit more this month. There’s still a lot of good stuff on Twitter but I have the same attitude with the accounts I follow – I’m very sentimental about them all. I seldom unfollow accounts. I think I’d need to do a bit of work and go through all the accounts I follow – remove the inactive ones and those that are not relevant or that I’m not interested in at the moment.
I read other things, of course. Novels, mostly, and the occasional non-fiction work. I’m not very good at reading academic journals or professional (librarianship) publications. I suppose I could be learning things for fun, but I’m not sure what I’m interested in or care to invest time in at the moment.
My approach is very much reading-related. What else could I be doing?