When I first started blogging it was to tell stories. I like to tell stories and apparently people liked to read them. Then I started chatting with people on twitter. Then when I lost my first teaching job I realized I had a network:
I had a friend in central california with a job for me.
I had a credential buddy whose school was hiring.
I had a friend who recommended me for this job.
I had a network. You know what is even cooler than being on the receiving end of a network is helping other people. When a job came up that I wasn’t right for a recommended a friend. When my brother’s school needed teachers I reached out to my network. A friend of mine is going to a new school and I know someone there. A new hire at my school came from Sam’s school.
Knowing people is rad. Helping people is rad. Meeting people is rad. Having a network is invaluable (you thought I was gonna say rad didn’t, you?).