This issue has been brewing in my mind for a while, but a few random things (including Allison Winn Scotch’s post yesterday) brought the question to the forefront this week:
Am I managing my online presence properly?
I have always been a fairly open book, in real life and on the internet. But as I think about how I’d like my writing career to progress, I wonder if I should be taking measures to guard the privacy of my friends and family. Fortunately authors don’t face as much crazy as actors or musicians, but then again, it doesn’t take much crazy to cause trouble. Furthermore, some people just don’t want to be in — or even near — the spotlight. As a writer/blogger, I’ve signed up for that possibility, but my friends and family didn’t. I want to be mindful of that.
So here’s how I break things down when I think about my online presence:
Between the ages of 9 and 21, I had several different blogs (all of them ridiculous in retrospect). Upon graduating, I promptly deleted them and started this one. I wanted to document and reflect upon my journey to publication (and beyond), but I wanted to be professional about it too. For the most part, I think I achieve that here.
This is my playground. And just like in elementary school, playground time is short and sweet. I don’t say much of substance there; it’s more conversational, more one-liners.
I love photography, and I take a lot of photos. I like to share those photos, but I’m going to start cutting back on what’s public and making older photos private. No one wants to see 100 snapshots of my dog anyway.
Ah, here’s the real problem. Facebook is, or can be, both personal and professional. It’s a great way to connect with people, but then that flow of information goes both ways and is hard to control. So how and where do you draw the line?
No, really, how and where? That’s what I want to know. What do you guys do? Do you have any suggestions for me? And more broadly, what do you like/dislike about the way authors and other celebrities present themselves online?
Honestly, this stuff stresses me out, and sometimes I’m tempted to delete everything and go hide in a hole somewhere. (Is that a viable social media strategy?)