These days, my friends and I were some kind of stalking our lecture background on the web. The reason? As simple as he didn’t say anything about himself at our 1st class-meeting. Knowing him so stunningly
good looking smart, we were curious about his educational background, and any other career records. Then it ended up… he was hard to find, even on LinkedIn.
On that moment, I thought to myself… how well does google know me?
I typed my name on the search engines and it revealed so many, especially this blog. It occurred to me: well… maybe some things need to be managed. But here, I feel like talking more about my presence on blogosphere.
I’m not a social media enthusiast, but indeed I run some of the platforms. There are ones for my professional networking, and the others for private joy. You may ask, in which is this blog? I can say that this blog is on the middle but more to my professional networking. This is the sanctuary of my mind, actually. I write because there is this thing to share, not just some life updates. I do put my daughter’s milestone in one full post as a reminder to me when I need it. For the rest, instead of offering you stories, I’m giving you my ideas.
There was this one person told me once: “I read your blog and then I stopped, because I thought that you’re going to talk about your kids. I like reading about your kids”. With all of my respect, all I can say is sorry. You might not find what you want then, because this blog isn’t her diary. Though I write motherhood, but the kids are not my point. I upload her picture and a lil about her only as supporting details to the idea, not the main story. And for this details, never do I click the publish button without considering the impact possibilities. Since there were so many references about ShaRents, I started to think about my daughter’s future online presence.
The same thing works when I write for sponsored posts. Considering the readers’ time they spend on this blog, not only do I send the message I’m paid to, but also some other ideas related to it. They may mind “the commercial”, but still I’m offering them the other thing: related ideas/info.
So, about my online presence here on the blog, I want people to see this as a room of my mind. I’m not building any identity or niche, because well, I’m just sharing ideas even when people don’t care about what I write. But hopefully, I could always give something in return to anyone who spends their time on this blog. Blogging feels liberating, that is why I need to keep this in a good manner. We can’t deny that today most people live in two worlds, in real and virtually. Online presence management is needed for boundaries. Gadget is a silent weapon. And as people with it everytime at anywhere, we need to be super cautious because things can get viral super easily. We don’t want silly things to ruin our whole life, do we?
How do you manage your own online presence?