There is SO much information out there on the internets. And since anyone can put anything up there, it's so hard to know what's accurate! Sometimes I struggle with my own education in this soapy industry - the hardest for me is identifying things that are partially true and knowing what is true and what isn't. I try to conscientiously not disseminate false information, and that requires a lot of fact checking (and even then, sometimes I find later that I was misinformed)! I often feel frustrated when people just click or share articles, thoughts, etc without checking whether they are correct first.
|Who didn't see this at least once on Facebook last June, even though the actual destination date in the movie is Oct 21, 2015?|
- There are plenty of forums that I visit, which are helpful for me, including Teach Soap and Talk Soap Forum. I like this format, because I can learn from questions and answers from other soapers. Incorrect information is often identified and corrected relatively quickly by the prolific writers on those blogs. I still will try to validate with other sources where possible.
|"But don't take my word for it!" <side note, I really loved this show growing up! I loved to read anyway, but it's one of those shows that have stuck with me into adulthood>|
- I subscribe to so many blogs, for so many topics, and I add to that list weekly. It is so great to see inspiration and ideas from others! I get ideas for more than just my next soaping technique or ingredients, though. I read blogs for news, for personal improvement ideas, for recipes, all kinds of ideas. I love Google Reader :)
- I love books. I really do. In college, I used to read at least one a week (wait... those were required books. Does that count?). Now, I'm probably closer to one a month for fun and one a quarter for personal or professional improvement. Rereading this last sentence, I need to up my professional and personal development a little bit, but sometimes those books can be so dry! My next soap making book will be "Scientific Soapmaking" by Kevin Dunn. I'm excited to dig into that book.
- There are in person information sharing networks, too, like classes or networking groups. I haven't plugged myself into those too much yet - I haven't been looking too actively for soapy friends in my neck of the woods (but if there are any of you out there, we should definitely meet!). I did start my soap making journey with a local class. The only attendants were me, my mom, and my best friend. It really opened my passion for this craft, and I'd love to teach when I can be a better knowledge source for those who want to learn.
What's your favorite way to educate yourself? Or do you have a method that I haven't considered above?
UPDATE: I forgot to mention TED Talks above. Man, those are awesome. I just wish I could find a way to listen to them while in the car - I don't have a way to hook up my iPhone to my car speakers on my 11 year old car. Here is the article that reminded me about TED Talks.