Content Curation: Six Steps to Self-Reliance

  1. Problem Awareness - In my learning, I've encountered a problem that I desperately need to solve. This could be just about anything, whether technical, procedural, or informational. Having learned from my pantry searching experiences that you don't find what you're looking for until you admit to everyone in the house you can't find it, then it magically appears (this is why public embarrassment is a blessing for politicians, right before they recant or make amends, and run for office and win in a landslide victory), I decide to take the next step.
  2. Ask for Action - Encapsulate the help request into 140 characters, and post it on a social network (e.g. Twitter, G+, Plurk, Facebook) and hope for the flash of insight that will point one in the right direction.
  3. Experience Benign Neglect - Wait, wait, wait...perhaps neglect isn't the right's more about being ignored by those who aren't interested in what you've asked. Hence the, "When the gods ignore you" title of this post. The gods? Oh yeah, that's you, who know all about know, the "node" on the network that serves as an online storage device waiting to offer me help at a moment's notice from anywhere, anytime provided you're awake and "tapped into the stream."
  4. Re-dedication to Problem Resolution - Begin again to search, but this time, with renewed vigor and determination after having re-focused my query. After all, getting complex questions down into 140 characters focuses your search to laser beam intentness.
  5. Share Your Discovery so you can never forget it. You share the results of your research with a global audience, which, by the way, has been successful or an utter failure. By blogging it, or tweeting it, you put it out there so that someone will find it useful and remember, "Hey, this person solved that problem I had just begun to notice but hadn't decided to do anything about."
  6. Achieve a Self-Reliance - This is the step where you realize while it's nice to have a PLN, you're the one who has to slog through your mind's muck to achieve enlightenment. A million people retweet your discoveries, and you wonder, why the heck, if these people had questions about what you were also trying to find out, they didn't speak up sooner, if only to help eliminate some of the dead-ends you had to knock your forehead against in the great maze of life. The problem is, you realize they were probably in the same situation you were--you didn't know what you had until after you slogged through it.
Is your purpose to build a PLN that will result in action (e.g. spreading your message, answering questions) or serve as a network to facilitate information/idea sharing that becomes dated the farther it gets from time of origin?