It’s been 3 months since I started this experiment where I had set off to see if I could improve my online presence by setting up a website and keeping up a blog. Reading back on my initial entry made me think how much my online “me” has become normalised. What was so new and exciting (“My own website! Cool!”) is now something that I feel that I’ve always had.
Using Twitter was once something that I dreaded (“Do I really need another Web 2.0 thingamajig?!”) to a powerful tool to get information to and from the web – and I wonder how I had lived without it. Ok I obviously did, but now that I am using Twitter as a way to gather info (particularly news bits) around the web I’m learning how to manage the information that comes in and how to filter what I need and what’s just junk.
Blogging, on the other hand, doesn’t come second nature to me (or writing for that matter) and I still find it difficult to keep up a fortnightly blog. However, a record of my PhD journey is something that I’m finding valuable as a way to not only see where I’ve come from but, looking at those entries retrospectively, gives me a sense that I’m actually moving forward. Onward. And making the effort – which can be a powerful motivator.
It has taken some time to get to this point. After reading blogs and articles about establishing a web presence I understand it’s importance in this age of internetting-facebooking-twittering-blogging-onlineness that permeates society. Trying to make a sort of presence on the web that is human enough for others to want to get in touch, via email or just visiting the website/blog, is the challenge for me.
And so, after three months of work, here is where I am when I Google myself:
It’s still my Twitter profile that comes first, but this website comes second where previously some random 192.com website used to come up. Not bad for 3 months. Ok granted I have a distinct advantage of having a unique name, which I’m not complaining about. I still have to manage my web presence and continue to make an effort towards creating an effective and engaging online presence.