Digital Presence and Identity

For most of my adult life, I have been very active in online spaces.  I work for a 3D interactive eLearning company and have spent four-year teaching digital literacy to children as the Chapter Lead of Canada Learning Code.  I am an early and avid adopter of many technologies. I am wired in on so many paths I do not think I could distinguish where my digital self ends and “IRL” self begins.

This fact I live integrated with my digital self does not make me uncomfortable or make me feel inauthentic, and it is just a facet of how I live my life.  As White put it I “see the Web as a place, perhaps like a park or a building in which there are clusters of friends and colleagues whom they can approach and with whom they can share information about their life and work” (White & Le Cornu, 2011).

My digital presence is large if poorly mapped to my google search results, due to having varied interests coupled with an incredibly common name.  If you were to check as Will Richardson suggested and google me on graduation day, Schryver, K. (2013, February 5) the results would garner some pretty generalized posts showing my Digital Citizenship in a mostly positive light.  Before MALAT I already had “a Domain of One’s Own” Watters, A. (2015, July 15) at christinaljones.com.  My search engine optimization (SEO) could use some improvement.  I would like to take some time to strengthen this gap.

The readings for this unit also made me reflect on the evolution of the digital self.  I found some of the readings in Unit 2 were quite dated, as many are nearly a decade old.  Even those articles that are newer had phrases that read like a relic of days gone by.  References to MySpace, Rheingold, H. (2010) and digital camera use, Schryver, K. (2013, February 5) made me reflect on my digital self a decade ago. In 2009, I was a new mom, with little peer or family support.  I turned online to find answers to why my baby would not sleep and ended up stumbling into a community of mothers around the world. This drive to educate myself in parenthood was the first step in me becoming a digital resident.

My digital presence in general, as it is already very much a living thing, like all living things it must be tended.  Additionally, I do plan on curating a branch of my digital presence tied to my education.

Goals for my Digital presence:

  • Cultivating content for this blog, and growing interactions with my MALAT cohort peers.
  • Create/Find a deeper social connection with my peers. I feel like peer to peer learning is essential, even in digital spaces.
  • Adding academic content to my LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Increase my SEO

Success will be measured by:

  • If my blog becomes a digital artifact I take pride in
  • If, in 6 months, we (this cohort) has established a network where we can turn to one another for support.
  • If my LinkedIn and Twitter take on a more academic tone
  • My SEO results improve.

 

Schryver, K. (2013, February 5). Who are you online? Considering issues of web identity. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/guest-post-who-are-you-online-considering-issues-of-web-identity/?_r=0

Watters, A. (2015, July 15). The Web we need to give students. Bright. Retrieved from https://brightthemag.com/the-web-we-need-to-give-students-311d97713713

White, D. S., & LeCornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Retrieved from https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049

Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and other 21st-century social media literacies. Educause Review45(5), 14.  Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2010/10/attention-and-other-21stcentury-social-media-literacies