For the last three weeks, my library has been trying to win a contest through Follett learning company. Last week, I decided to tap into the powers of my PLN and see if I could get some more votes. I had no idea how much impact that could have on what I was doing. My PLN has totally come to the rescue. Though I don't suspect we will win, my PLN has helped us move from the last page of the rankings to the top of the third page. I couldn't have done it without them.
I never realized how many people I can impact with just a quick message. I posted a comment on the Indiana Learning Connections site, which is the state of Indiana's list-serv. It took off. I gained over 500 votes in one day. For a small school of my size, that is huge. I continued to use social media sites to add more votes. I posted something on twitter, Facebook and google +. Then, it all started rolling. I had retweets, personal messages and comments. It was amazing.
My point is this, a PLN can be a lifesaver for anything you do. If you are a hesitant teacher and haven't started establishing a PLN, do it. Join the millions of other educators who have interests similar to yours, you will not be disappointed.