Digital Identity and Presence Plan

Participating in the digital presence mapping exercise was valuable and illuminating. The experience has changed the way I view my own digital use and presence, and helped me see ways in which I can be more deliberate in my online interactions. It has given me a framework in which to reflect on privacy and access, and how I will allow my own work to be shared.

Through the process of both Visitor/Resident mapping (White, 2013) and the collaborative/individual, analogue/digital variation (Cormier, 2018) it became clear that what I’m doing for work online is done deliberately, collaboratively (for the most part) and publicly. These skills will be transferable and useful in my work as a MALAT student.

The surprising learning in these exercises was in how much time is lost in email and social media. I will be endeavoring to simplify and streamline my email queue, to have emails forwarded to two or three places, rather than have them all in different accounts.

I plan to spend my time on social media with more forethought, with a goal of posting content that’s relevant, be the entertainer, posting things that are relevant to what I’m promoting, not falling into the trap of becoming the entertained. With that in mind, I’ve developed a posting calendar that will cover my posts for the next two months. I’m also moving back towards the use of Hootsuite (Holmes, 2008) to post to multiple applications at one time.

As a MALAT student, I’m looking forward to the ongoing network building opportunities, to interact with this large, distributed public (boyd, 2011) of learners. In the spirit of this sharing and community building, I’ve elected to make the copyright attribution on my RRU blog a Creative Commons license. I am hopeful that this action will further the movement towards open resources, to open dialogue and information sharing. In this same vein, I have left my comments unmoderated.

I have mixed feelings about my current, student access to the library and other databases of copyright protected information. As someone who has earned money from publishing, I understand completely the need to make one’s work bear financial gain. As someone who aspires open access and community building within the academic arena, I’m interested in quality, open source information. At this time, I’ll endeavor to share my work openly in hopes of contributing to the free exchange of information, information exchange that won’t evaporate when my status changes from ‘student’ to ‘graduate’.

Forest of deciduous trees with luminescent green algae in rural Northern France
Moving from seeing the forest to seeing the trees.

All in all, the exercises were formative and informative. The resultant shifts will be for the better and help me stay aligned with both my time management goals, and my values around open source resources and learning.


boyd, D. (2011). Social network sites as networked publics: Affordances, dynamics, and implications. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), A Networked Self (pp. 39–58). New York, NY: Rutledge.

Cormier, Dave (2018, March 31). Digital Practices Mapping – Into activity for digital literacies course.[Blog post]  Retrieved from

Holmes, Ryan (2008). Hootsuite [Computer Software]. Retrieved from

White, Dave (2013). Just the Mapping. Retrieved from  April 24, 2019.

7 thoughts on “Digital Identity and Presence Plan”

  1. I really liked your post Lisa and I totally agree with your thoughts on the digital mapping. I was quite shocked by the results, but I found it so valuable. I also agree with your point on how much time is wasted with social media. I too created a plan on streamlining my social media and emails after I created my technology map… so I think it is super interesting that you had the same thing in mind.
    You look at “student access to the library and other databases of copyright protected information” from another lens, which is always neat to see the other perspective.

  2. Hi Lisa, thanks for the post.

    I really liked your thoughts around being the entertainer and not just being entertained. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the comments by others on social media, most of which seem to be negative or off topic. I too plan on being more relevant and a better contributor to the digital spaces I enter.

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I really liked your comment in regards to putting more “forethought” into your time spent online. Social media has mobbed our life and, since this is a new way of living, we must somehow find alternatives to be more productive with our time spent online. It’s great and brave for you to leave the comment unmoderated. I really like that idea and I think I will try it myself.

  4. Hi Lisa,

    Can I ask which article you read that brought some illumination to you about your time usage online – pertaining to email and social media? Or was this something you learned from personal experience? My email accounts are a MESS! I shall have to give some thought about how I’m going to manage that going forward.

    You bring up a valid perspective about the financial aspect of publishing. How is one’s work valued financially within the open forum? It leads me empathize with how musical artists might have felt when music sharing platforms launched. I wonder what business models have emerged to address the need to make a living, but also acknowledge the gains in aspiring for open? This is definitely not a subject I’m versed in, but your post was certainly thought-provoking.


    1. Thank you each for your thoughtful comments!
      @ Laren – the social media usage piece comes from experience and conversations with a friend who is a Social Media Promoter. I currently manage accounts for 5 different organizations, and she does for many, many more. It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of posting, then checking to see what others are doing…and finding one has lost 10 minutes to scrolling. I endeavor to be very disciplined, and yet I still get stuck in that trap!
      Around the textbook/writing piece – I was in a dinner conversation tonight in which we were exploring the idea of grants for Open textbook writing. Apparently there are grants available for different parts of the process, but not necessarily for that initial push. I’m going to be looking into it more tomorrow with this group, as that would be a way to both be paid (although not with royalties) and to create quality Open resources.

  5. Hi Lisa,

    I love that concept of not falling into the trap of being entertained. This is such a great concept! I am definitely “a victim” (if you can call it that) of this as well. I’m glad you pointed this out to me! I will need to keep this in mind as I travel along in this journey.

    Can I ask how you plan your posts? Is this content that is pre-determined or do you just have a goal to provide content so many times per week?



    1. Ah! I realize that I didn’t answer how I plan my posts!
      I have a calendar for posting in which to pop ideas as they come up. If it’s a link to something existing, it’s easy enough to schedule it to auto publish on a specific date. Sometimes I’ll set up topics around work, knowing that it will be a simple photo of current work post, and other times it will be writing.
      I keep a journal, often grabbing things from there to put into the scheduled postings. This allows me to not have to come up with new ideas all the time.
      Hope that is useful!

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