Online Personas

Barb 8-10-09
Me in Memphis 2010

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:

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Me April 30, 2016 3:17PM

 

Do you have different online personas?  Let me know in the comments!

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