Learning in Public

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Aakansha Priya
·Jul 9, 2022·

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Learning in Public

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Table of contents

  • What is learning in public?
  • Why should one learn in public?
  • Methods for learning in public?
  • How social media helps?
  • How working at a start-up is beneficial?
  • Avoid adopting a herd mentality.

Hello there, I'm back with another thought-provoking blog piece. You must have seen a lot of individuals telling or recommending you to learn in public, don't you think? But what are the advantages and how should you approach it? Everything will be covered in this blog, so why don't we start now?

What is learning in public?

To put it plainly, it refers to producing content in a format that is open to accessibility. The information you learn and share with a community may also be entirely public and available to anybody via your profiles, much like an open map. It might also imply that you are producing material for niche markets and making it available to them. Basically, there are several approaches to learning in public, but the essential goal is to share your information with others, it doesn't really matter who they are, instead of keeping it to yourself. Sample repositories, blog articles, dialogues, conference lectures, live streaming, etc. may all be examples. You essentially open up your ideas to others.

Learning in front of others is comparable to recording your path so that others can view it and be inspired. Therefore, if you're attending any event, it's a wonderful idea to summarise it in Twitter threads of your favourite speeches, and share blog entries and tutorials. This will enable people who might not be able to attend the event to learn about your thoughts. People will eventually take notice of your exceptional effort and show their thanks and recognition.

Why should one learn in public?

Well, there can be a fascinating distinction between what is good for the community and what is good for the individual. You create a knowledge chain when you learn in front of others and impart your information. More and more people begin participating in it. It eventually progresses to a deeper comprehension of that subject. For instance, if you create a project and share it, you will receive excellent comments and it will help you advance. Others with experience in that area may offer their opinions, which will be beneficial to you. Additionally, it will facilitate your access to opportunities. The icing on the cake is that learning in public also introduces you to incredible people because when you share your work, it will draw like-minded individuals, and you get to meet people who have similar interests to your own. The fact that you get a reputation through sharing all of your information is a great additional benefit. Without any evidence of your labour, how can anyone believe you? There may be XYZ roles that are open, but the XYZ person will only bother to offer them to candidates they feel can fulfil the roles' requirements.

Personal advice: If you're working on a private project, it's best to document it publicly. But remember to always keep track of your actions and the issues you fixed. You will eventually receive some backing. Genuine learners are noted by others. They will wish to assist you. And you never know when they become your mentors on your journey. Be aware that everyone can write blog articles or make tutorials, etc., but only you can do so in a distinctive way.

People worry about what other people will think. "Oh! He is very active and engaged." Although there is a lot of invisible labour done behind the scenes, such as editing videos and blog entries and ensuring that the content is accurate, there is nothing wrong with boasting about your accomplishments. All of these things demand work. The key point is once more "Why would any random recruiter believe you" if you won't demonstrate it.

Methods for learning in public?

When it comes to learning in public, there are various strategies that can be used. It might involve writing a blog entry, tweeting about your observations, etc. If you're just getting started and don't want to make a big deal out of it, at least make sure that your work is visible to the public, such as on your GitHub profile or personal website. You can generate YouTube videos over time; this is one medium.

  1. Recognize your preferred and most comfortable format.
  2. The kind of material you want to produce. What works best for you, try it out.

Several suggestions: If you watch video tutorials, recreate the information, share what you learned, and tag the videos. If you discover new tools and tell others about them, also explain how you use those tools.

How social media helps?

To have meaningful relationships with other people and to take advantage of possibilities, you don't necessarily need a large following. Additionally, you don't need a huge number of followers or subscribers to make your effort worthwhile. If you continue to perform in public over time, you will probably gain a following; but, you shouldn't actually anticipate receiving thousands of subscribers within a week. Furthermore, it is impossible to determine the calibre of the alleged person's content creation by looking at the numbers.

People frequently question, "What advantage does it hold to have thousands of writers on the same subject?" You finally write, nonetheless, for yourself. You record your learning, and you never know who your information might be of assistance to. Maybe folks can grasp it now because of the way you've described it. Regardless of this, your expertise is improved when you document something or lead a workshop.

Being socially active can aid students because it can lead to opportunities. Personal preference: Remind yourself of yourself from three months ago and don't assess your results by "claps," "retweets," "stars," or "upvotes." Sometimes folks even publish an almost daily development blog that is written exclusively for themselves.

Guess what? It's not about getting your material in front of as many people as you can. Great if you can pull that off. Being socially active allows you to keep up with a lot of tech-related news. Your mindsets alter as well, and you introduce new viewpoints into your life.

How working at a start-up is beneficial?

In the startup sector, you are forced to step outside of your comfort zones, take on a tonne of responsibility, and grow tremendously. 3 years in a startup are equivalent to 6–9 years at big businesses. You may decide what kind of startup you want to work with, how many people you want to work with, and even which time zones work best for you. You can adjust it to fit your needs. You can learn more and develop personally in the startup environment.

Avoid adopting a herd mentality.

Embrace your imagination, reflect, and choose what it is that you truly want to do. DO the experiment in your life and the trial and error.

This concludes the blog, and I sincerely hope it has inspired you to study in public and inspired you to emerge from your shells. Thank you

An excellent chat between Kunal Kushwaha and Anais Urlichs served as the basis for this blog.

Follow me on Twitter at @AakanshaPriya_ if you'd like. Watch this hashnode space for more blogs.

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