#DigPins first week has been an opportunity to examine my digital identity. A few interesting readings, a visitor resident map, slack discussions, and finally putting off my blog post until I have had a chance to see how the crowd was positioned before I shouted my thoughts into cyberspace. In real life… sorry IRL I enjoy the quiet and I would much rather spend my time with a few friends having a drink on the back porch or in some wilderness far from civilization. When planning a vacation big cities are on the bottom of the list – I grew up a short drive from DC, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore yet visited all of them collectively less than a dozen times. I think this identity translates well to my digital identity and explains most of my online habits. Any time I begin to engage in any form of social media I almost immediately become this guy:
Most of the internet I am a visitor. Any place I am a resident is focused on interacting with that small group of friends and family or to promote myself professionally. I seek places on the web where I can accomplish a task without much interaction with others. Just as I get overwhelmed in a city with all the noise, hustle, and bustle, I find find some digital environments to be the same so I avoid them. So now week 1 is done and it is time to get introspective. Who am I online and what does this mean for pedagogy? My digital identity is more or less a hermit, I come out now and then to be reminded about what I am missing then I retreat to my cave (credit to Mitchell Scott’s much better prairie dog analogy). I use digital tools necessary to accomplish my research or teaching. As an instructor or collaborator, I need to consider other’s digital identity to be effective in my teaching and research. I might prefer the quiet, but every now and then you need to venture into the city.