My husband drives a 2004 suburban with 250,000 miles and the drivers' side seat has busted at the seam - literally - so the stuffing is coming out. Sometimes I lose it and yell at my kids. Sometimes we have pizza 3 times in one week. Sometimes I wish I had a little more money and a little less weight. I don't like gardening. I hate to clean house. I am just a normal person. I put my pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else.
I think "Twitter Fame" has made some forget that we're all just PEOPLE. Hard working people looking to network with other hard working people. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling educators. Some are battling illness, marital issues, societal issues, financial issues... But at the end of the day ... we're just people.
I think we need to be careful of terms like "Twitter stars" and trying to achieve some magic number of Twitter followers. I think we need to ask ourselves why we joined Twitter to begin with... Was it for numbers or fame or was it for relationships and networking?
I was fortunate enough to finally meet some of my Twitter peeps last night at dinner here at ISTE and I was so pleased to find that they were as real in-person as they are on Twitter. I truly hope that if any of you ever meet me that you would find the same. I hope I don't lose sight of why I began using this tool... to build my PLN, to become a better educator, to better serve my teachers and their students and to network and grow and learn from all of you who have SO MUCH to offer ME!
Thank you all for being part of my PLN and I give you permission to SMACK ME if I ever start acting like a "Twitter celebrity." Because after all ... IT'S NOT REAL! :)