What's a PLN?
This stands for Personal Learning Network. But what is it? I would describe it as a platform to put your work out there. You can receive feedback and engagement from viewers, which helps you build a network with other people! In order for people to discover you, you have to put yourself out there. Today, linkedIn is beyond popular. Another example of a PLN is Twitter, Instagram, etc. Any social media platform that allows you to engage with followers will help you build your network and career!
I use a few different sources. I love to use instagram, and find myself engaging with dozens of followers a week! The more often I post, the more followers I gain and the views I have on my dance videos and pictures! I have set my instagram account to a business account. By doing so, I have been able add a career to the top of my profile. I have chosen to add that I am a Dancer. The perk of having this feature is that I am able to view all statistics on my profile. This includes how many people view my profile everyday, the percent of females viewing as opposed to men, the age range of viewers, their state, etc. I love seeing the engagement in my profile, and seeing what types of things draw in more viewers!
On top of my instagram account, I try to post a few times a week on my Twitter account. I follow a lot of students also in the IDS program, and I find that they're very helpful in sharing my work. Professors and peers favorite and retweet my posts which helps me build my educational network!