Hello World: Online identity and Blogging!
While I have given some consideration to my online personality, it has been interesting to look deeper at the concept of an “online identity” and its importance in both my personal and professional life. What you put out for the world to see in an online profile like Facebook or LinkedIn is a representation of you, and can effect your employment, personal relationships and how others perceive you-right or wrong!
Kleppinger and Cain (2015) state, “for young professionals, the choice is no longer simply to use or not use digital communication tools, but also whether to proactively control a public image through the use of social media” (para. 5). It is just a fact that the use of social media tools can be leveraged to benefit you both personally and professionally if you are conscious about the online personality you put forth.
In the first few units of this course, I have learned that in this digital age, it’s more important than ever that you have a strong sense of your personal brand and put your best self out there for people to see. You never know what prospective employer, graduate school admission office, or colleague might be viewing your profile. As I develop my Personal Learning Environment (PLE), I am also aware to keep this in mind.
Learning to Blog is also a new concept I have been introduced to in this course. A blog or “web log” is a great way to find your voice through writing in an online journal of sorts. Bruder (2013), points out that “blogging is different from creating web pages. You don’t need to know HTML, Blogs can be conversations, unlike static web pages that are archival, and wikis that are archival but often collaborative. It’s easier to tag, date stamp, and otherwise identify your blog posts. The newest posts always rise to the top of the page” (para. 2).
My 10 year old daughter, Mckenna, is an amateur blogger and has eagerly given me some tips over the course of the last week! It was interesting to research the various blog platforms that are available and compare and contrast them. I’m not sure that blogging is really for me, but I can see how those who enjoy writing and expressing themselves could find it addicting. Mckenna blogs at least twice a week and I always make it a point to comment on her posts. The fact that people have the ability to comment and interact with the blogger is a feature I really like about blogs.
Overall, I have found the first few units of the course to be informative and engaging. I look forward to the group Wiki project that is coming up next, and am excited to continue to “share, connect, create and inspire”!
BRUDER, P. (2013). Why Teachers Should Be Blogging … and How to Dolt. Education Digest, 79(3), 30.
Kleppinger, C. A., & Cain, J. (2015). Personal Digital Branding as a Professional Asset in the Digital Age. American Journal Of Pharmaceutical Education, 79(6), 1.