I Tweet and Facebook. I blog when I can get a minute. I Tumblr and Spotify and Instagram and will soon be Pinteresting.
But more and more over the past year or so, I find myself in situations at work/networking events and the like where people are like, “Hey, are you on Twitter? What’s your name; I’ll add you.”
My face —> 0_0
See, until recently, I’ve tried as much as possible to be very church and state with my online life and real life. For example, since facebook uses my real name, I don’t link any of my Brownngirl social networking to any of it. I have a completely separate email address for that stuff, too. It helps me stay organized and keep spam out of my every day firstname.lastname@ email address.
Not that I’m out here being Crazy Internet Person. Not at all. But Brownngirl is sort of my alter-ego. It’s where I go when I want to vent, share anecdotes, or jokes about my day to day thoughts; opinions on things and people I may have dealt with or come across. I don’t have to be diplomatic or polite. And I don’t mind sharing Brownngirl with certain friends or coworkers. I have, in fact, gotten a little more laxed with that separation over time [a little]. I’ve even added a picture or two of myself on this here blog. That’s progress, people!
Funny enough, however, I never minded it as much the other way around. Like, I’ve met some dope people and made friends in real life with a couple people I’ve met through social networking.
But now, if I’m at a work or “professional” networking event, I don’t feel inclined to share Brownngirl with those folks. Because I can come here and say WTF ever is on my mind and it doesn’t necessarily look “bad” on me and my abilities to do a job. This doesn’t have to be in AP style. I can write in ALL CAPS EVERYTHING if I wanted to and #whogoncheckmeboo? I can “LOL” all over the place. I can use my descriptive phrases between stars. [*Fist Pump*] I can use oxford commas ALL DAMB DAY and Lawd knows I love the oxford comma [which apparently is a PR no-no]. I had a week-long argument with my manager about why I love the oxford comma so. LOL!
So, I started to think, perhaps I should combine my alter-ego and me in real life. I should be more open. The lines between online personas and real life people have been blurred for a while now. Go ahead and join the party.
But soon after, I rethought that. “NAY,” I said.
I don’t want Brownngirl to become more restricted. If I want to tweet about how such-n-such client gets on my nerves, I don’t want to worry about who’s reading it.
So then, I thought, I should open a new twitter. Use my government name. Tweet neutrally. Generally. Add it to my LinkedIn profile. Tweet stuff I’d want people at networking events to know about me. Then I can tweet there, “I’m at such & such a networking event! Yeah!” [And then go on Brownngirl's twitter and say, "I can't stand networking events." Which is fairly true. I don't go to many because most of the time, they annoy me.]
But then, I thought, that sounds like too much damb work. I’m already doing too much online, do I want to open YET ANOTHER account [to likely be semi-ignored]?!
But, I think it’s becoming a must. I’m not ready to let Brownngirl go – yet, in order to “market myself” more, I need to come out of internet hiding with other writers and PR folks. I suppose.
Ugh. I’m always uncomfortable with the whole “marketing myself” thing anyway. But, I’ve put this off for like 6 months and it’s becoming less and less avoidable. So, we’ll see how this Brownngirl-in-real-life-representing-her-real-life-self-online thing works out.