I’ve been watching too much Gossip Girl, I admit it. But it’s made me think and what with digital citizenship and online identity being buzz words I’ve had a lot to think about. It dawned on me recently, well while visiting the Dublin Libraries with Maria that my online identity is fairly out there.
I started out by sharing nothing. My twitter account had Anseo A Mhuinteoir as my name and my handle was and is @AnseoAMuinteoir my profile picture was the blog logo, that lovely cute cartoon child saying Anseo and my bio was basic and brief. I believe it read something like “Newly Qualified primary teacher, subbing….” and a link to this here website!
My my my how it has all changed.
These days if you check me out on twitter (go on and do it if you haven’t already) you’ll find an actual profile pic of me launching How I Learn at Feilte. My bio gives you an idea of who I am as a person, I’m a person who loves to talk and eat chocolate, a primary teacher and editor of #HowILearn. The link to this site is still pride of place though. Back in the days of quiet shy Helen, most of my twitter followers didn’t actually know my name, I remember being at a conference and hearing colleague searching for “Anseo A Mhuinteoir” because she didn’t know my name, mind you she also expected a boy thanks to the cartoon logo I had as a profile pic! That now seems like a life time ago! In fact it was only 2011 and seems like a life time ago!
As Maria pointed out a few weeks ago, before meeting me face to face, she went through in her head the things she knows about me. For example:
* I have a Gavin
* I live in Limerick but I’m from Cork
* I blog/write/tweet/talk a lot
* I have a weird sense of humour
* I want a puppy
* I have one younger sister
* I love science
* I love IT and regularly call myself a techie nerd
* I bake, a lot
* I love food and cook a lot
* I love to read
* I was involved in the Cork Opera House as a child
* I graduated from Hibernia in 2010
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I’m sure If you looked and read through the posts over the last (almost) five years you’d learn more and more about me!
My online identity has changed a lot over the years and I don’t think it’s totally a bad thing, I’ve made some fantastic friends online which I may not have met if I hadn’t been more myself then the Cartoon was! I don’t think I’ve shared things I wouldn’t have told people in person. I hope not anyway. I’ve been honest but hopefully not too honest. I don’t want to be anyone but myself online, I want you to know the real Helen and hopefully like me for who I am and not some censored ideal of me. I think I’m doing an ok job at that? Feel free to correct me though if you think I’m making a right mess and ruining my street cred and rep!
I don’t think I’ll ever wish I hadn’t shared something online, and hopefully if I ever do, I’ll have the sense to know that when I shared it I needed to for some reason. And I won’t regret it. I don’t regret opening up on Twitter or here with you. And long may that continue.
What you see is what you get.
“I yam what I yam” Popeye, the Sailor Man