While lurking through Eduro Learning’s Kim Cofino’s blog post, with bold confidence, she states, ” the person I am online is the real me.” That struck me and left me reflecting on how I construct my own online identity. Could I say the same: the online me is the real me? Can I be my authentic self and express all of those intricacies, online? I recognize that this is a complex matter and I spent a lot of time reflecting on these questions. At this point, I will say up front that I’m left more unsure than sure.
What do I know?
- I, mostly, aim to stay private but within reach.
- I spend about 95% of my time lurking.
- I don’t have any friendships that are purely virtual, with whom I’ve met and maintained connections online.
- I tend to compartmentalize aspects of my identity as per site. For example, Facebook is for old friends and family. Instagram is for cute photos of my life but mainly of my kids.
- I worry about how the expression of self, online, impacts the way potential employers view me professionally.
- I have used social media, especially Facebook, to grow and form new connections.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, in order for me to become less of a consumer and more of a creator I need to come to terms with how I value the digital self and being secure within my own digital self and being secure within my own online persona, taking me out of the depths of lurking.
“Vulnerabiltiy is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” -Brene Brown
Starting COETAIL is the path I chose to live out my educational philosophy, as a 21st-century teacher and learner. The digital divide is real and I want to always stay relevant for the new generation and to help others do the say. This is my journey toward being a wholehearted digital citizen.