Wow! It’s been 3 months since I posted anything. If you’ve read my About page, you know I only post when I have something to say. Which is not the same as I always post when I have something to say.
I always have something to say.
Today I have something to say about honesty and our online personas.
A friend from SingSnap found my blog today via Facebook. So she discovered 2 more aspects of me that she hadn’t known. She remarked that her previous view of me was a misconception. I disagree!
While I am the same person on all 3 sites, I behave differently on each of them. It’s not a matter of being dishonest; I am very open and honest on all 3. I have different needs met by each, and therefore different aspects of myself are presented.
In SingSnap, an online karaoke site, I tend to be upbeat and encouraging to my fellow singers. When I comment on a song I don’t say much. I also tend to be overly competitive, entering every contest I see and getting very disappointed when I don’t win. Sometimes, very seldom, I will reveal my inner truths as they relate to a song I post. Mostly I just sing and have fun.
On Facebook I am mostly absent. When I post to my blog, it also publishes a link on Facebook. If I like something on a website I sometimes also post it to FB. I log in once every few months just to see what folks are up to. I miss a lot.
My blog is just for me. It’s a place I come when I just want to talk or vent or rage or share. I’m ok if people read it, but that’s not really very important to me. I pour out my soul on whatever is currently on my mind, regardless of what you might think of it or me.
I also play video games. I have played a lot of different games, but mostly I started with Everquest, then EQ2 and WoW, and most recently Landmark (formerly EQ Next Landmark). I don’t play on a console because I hate the controllers. I’m not really playing anything right now. My persona in video games is very quiet with a fun little gamer affectation that slightly alters the words and phrasing I normally use. I’m old and slow (in video game terms) and don’t play very well, so I avoid groups and raids. I don’t really find them fun anymore anyway. I used to be very hard core, but now I am definitely casual.
Way back in the day, when I was on AOL, I had a very different, almost alter-ego. I was bold and confident and nearly anonymous. But I was also still very much myself. Even though I have an acting background, I am always very much myself.
Sometimes I just behave differently.
Full disclosure: the picture at the top of this post is my favorite picture of me and the one I normally use for online profiles. This is what I look like literally right now:
Do you have different online personas? Let me know in the comments!