It’s time for some “end of month number two” reflection about this experiment and I have to say it’s going better than I thought. I have been keeping up with the posts, don’t think I’ve been too repetitive, and people have been giving some positive feedback. All-in-all there isn’t much more I can hope for.
Now that I have my feet under me, so to speak, I’ve been thinking exactly what effect blogging is having on my life, if any. Obviously it’s something that takes up some time. Not too much, mind you, as it’s not like there is a profound amount of research that goes into any particular post. Another thing is that I have been thinking through a lot more ideas, which I think is a by-product of writing things down. Rather than having a fleeting thought and then it’s gone, I jot down ideas and revisit them, fleshing them out.
The biggest impact this blog has made, is that I have a bit more control over my personal brand. We all have a personal brand, like it or not, and in the age of the internet the “electronic footprint” we leave from our involvement on different websites are part of that brand. The difficult thing is that since there is so much on those sites you can’t control, you are not the master of your personal brand. Compromising photos and posts from friends on your wall can reflect negatively on you. Ironically just as I write this a friend is posting such a post.
While I think that a good portion of the population knows that things on these websites don’t account for 100% of your actions, there is still the risk that something you have done which has made it on Facebook without your approval could hurt you in the future. This blog is my feeble attempt at counteracting that a bit.
By showing that I am not just the person who dresses up in silly costumes for parties and has fun on weekends, I am in a bit more control of my brand. If there is a good way of doing this on Facebook, I haven’t found it yet.
With this realization, a new goal with this blog is to always have it represent an image that I am ok being public about. Too many blogs are a little too personal for my comfort and I think that could end up hurting the author in the future.
Even being careful, there is always the risk that someone is going to disagree with you. I would be shocked and surprised if there was anyone in the world who 100% agrees with everything on this website. If there is, I probably don’t want to even meet them, because there wouldn’t be anything interesting for us to talk about.
Something that I have been thinking about more lately is my goal of having a large network of guests posters to this website. I don’t want to serve as a censor, because if nothing else I believe that people are entitled to their opinions, but at the same time their posts could be associated with me. I think in this case, a major mistake of mine was to start this blog on a website bearing my personal name. At some point it may be a good idea to move to something more generic, but I won’t worry about that right now.
As it stands I’m very happy I’ve been doing this and I hope that you all keep reading! Thanks for the support while I stumble through this.