In Part 2, I will share how I am working through the question of figuring out the best sources to follow and how to organizing them.
Initially, as I was getting they lay of the social media landscape, I just sought information from people I considered to be experts in the topic areas I had chosen. To keep it simple I followed them on twitter and subscribed to their blogs on Feedly. As, I got more comfortable, I started to branch out on my own using key word searches and added other people, companies, & blogs to my feeds.
I think I went a little overboard as I became instantly “content fried” and wasn’t sure how to mange all this information coming at me.
This is when the light bub went off for me and I realized why Beth challenges you to think about how you organize information – so you don’t get content fried. It is also where I have been stuck for weeks – trying to organize all this information coming at me.
I think I did what most people do and jump right to the solution – a shiny new tool (or in my case a suite of tools). Seriously, as an L&D professional, I should know better. Obviously, I like to learn the hard way. What I wish I had known is this:
The tools don’t necessarily matter, at least, not a first. I needed to figure out what to do with all this content so that it helped support my goals, not hinder them.
The Solution: Triage & Filter
The answer for me was to set up a framework for triaging and tagging all content – no matter the source or the tool I am using to organize/store.
Here’s a snapshot of what I am currently doing:
Essentially, I quickly scan content and determine whether I want to do something with it now, later or both. If I want to save something for potential use later I tag it with at least two tags – a topic tag to describe the content and a use tag to describe how I may use it as described below:
- Tweet – it’s nice to have a potential tweet list on hand and I always like to add my own take so if I am lacking in time – this is how its tagged. It also helps me find content for my Sunday Summary blog posts.
- Blog – if I think it may support a blog post I am working on or sparks an ideal fore one, it gets this tag.
- Curate – if it’s a good add to something I am already curating but don’t have time to add my own insight, I tag it with curate.
- PKM – this tag is for content that really intrigues me but I’m not sure what do with yet.
Currently I am using Pocket and EverNote as places to store content. Pocket if I haven’t had time to dig into it in depth and Evernote for things I have read and been able to higlight relevant information.
Part 3 of my personal content curation strategy: Tool Usage and Organization. I seriously hope it doesn’t take me as long to work through this piece. At least I have a head start since I tried to find the solution before I really understood what I wanted to do ; )