LaDonna, you gave such a wonderful twist to this, and it is an example of engaging in informal learning (as you mentioned in another comment) at its best.

I find the older I get, the more I need to reflectively engage in my experiences as part of the processing I do when I learn. Doing that (which cannot be done, I contend, adequately while liveblogging (though that is a research project peculating in itself)) is valuable before I find sharing and discussing / engaging with others.

I wonder if anybody has written on a connection between reflective practice and collaborative learning?