Following the eMOOC #OCL4Ed is a motivator to blog regularly. I do have challenges; I get side-tracked by all the wonderful pages and links during searching for content and topics. To focus, write and replying regularly is a commitment I have to make.
To create a personal learning environment (PLE) is not difficult but a network (PLN) involves spending more time, commitment and a willingness to engage and share with the network of people one build.
Another learning experience for me is to use the social platforms that I chose completely. For instance to curate properly and use curating tools, to use tags and annotations. Word press is not only a blog and web platform, it is also a content managing system, but I did not use all its features. Others curating platforms are diigo and scoop.it. A feature I like, that all of them make available, is a button to place on your bookmark bar to curate and share a webpage immediately. I have used diigo before and may want to stick to manage content there.
I created a group in diigo Graphic Design HEd. (https://groups.diigo.com/group/grapic-design-h_ed) The aim was to find other graphic designers in higher education institutions and share relevant content. The group membership currently consist of colleagues from my own institution. To grow it I will have to publish the link with invitations on twitter and Google+
The page Socialtrigges.com has many links to good tips on how to use twitter effectively. To auto-feed a blog to a twitter account and to show tweets on your blog helps to get noticed or spread your ideas. An example is the twitter page of @CarrieWilkerson. She has an auto-feed page @barefoot_exec.
Scoop.it is very simple to use. I get links from scoop.it almost every day on topics that interest me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3wMwNxgcTU. What I have not done effectively is to re-scoop and to link the scoops to my twitter page @viljoenella.
The following blog has a lot more detail: http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/how-to-create-a-robust-and-meaningful-personal-learning-network-pln/