Do you ever see a picture of a very expressive otter and think, “wow, that otter looks how I feel.” This happened to me yesterday as I attempted to begin my first ever blog post. I am in awe of those individuals who words seem to effortlessly flow out of into coherent, cohesive, and even captivating posts, articles, blogs, etc.
Who am I online?
I googled myself this Monday to see what I would find. The answer is, not much! I have never had a Twitter account and only briefly had Snap-chat, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. The only other “traces” I found was an old wedding registry (oops) and a professional contact page that UW-Green Bay has yet to remove. I currently to do not have much in the way of a “digital identity.”
Who would do I want to be? How would I like to curate my digital identity?
In an alternate reality, I think I would be active online on a blog or through Instagram or some other digital venue. I would be unfiltered, punchy, and awesome! But like I said….in an ALTERNATE reality. In this reality, when one slight misstep can follow you forever I cannot imagine being so free.
When I think about who I am – my irrational aversion to large swaths of technology and “the man” – I think that my digital identity is a very reserved and carefully curated one. It has taken me three days to write this much. Even now I am thinking, am I being to informal? What do I have to offer that is worth writing down? Will I be criticized by a colleague? Will everyone else be better than me?
I am usually absurdly confident but the internet, social media, technology bring out this unabated apprehension. I am hopeful that #DigPINS will allow me to dip my toes in the water of crafting a digital identity and that my fellow cohort members will challenge me in new ways!