As I mentioned in my visitor-resident map, I have purposely made my digital presence small, so being asked to cultivate it further isn’t a simple task. I recently listened to an interview with Noel Gallagher, and when asked about the reach and affect of his music, he said “once a song is out there, it doesn’t belong to you anymore” (RadioX, 2021, 06:17). This is the best way I can describe my hesitancy in cultivating a digital identity and digital presence (DIDP) – once it’s out there, it doesn’t belong to me anymore. I also take to heart the words of Schryver (2013) in “that much of what [I] post will last forever, and can be seen by anyone” (para. 16).
Jenkins (2013) offers a compelling point that “many people on YouTube are producing media because there’s something vitally they want to share” (02:18). I propose that this can also apply to a person’s DIDP. Right now, I don’t really know what I want to vitally share; I am still relatively new and getting to know the field of learning and technology and haven’t found my niche. So, while I may not be in a position to share, I am in the position to learn, so the overall goal of my DIDP is to immerse myself in the field of learning and technology to find areas of interest and connect with individuals who can share their experiences with me.
DIDP Strategies and Approaches
My first approach is to grow my Linkedin network as I currently only have 3 connections. I’m typically a quality over quantity type of person, so I’m not going to designate a specific number of connections, but rather I plan to connect with those that I can learn from and potentially work and collaborate with.
My second approach is to start a digital portfolio to showcase my work to potential employers. During my break after LRNT 522, I am considering taking the IDOL courses Academy as it will give me the opportunity to start building a portfolio and light the fire under my feet to ensure it gets done. I can then supplement this portfolio with work from the MALAT program when I return next spring.
Measuring the success of these approaches will mainly stem from my own satisfaction that I was able to accomplish them. While that may sound like a cop-out, I don’t want to rely on the number of connections I make or the number of visits to my portfolio to measure their success. Since I am breaking away from my comfort zone, I don’t want the added pressure of not achieving a numbers goal – I want my DIDP’s success to be based on its authenticity, and as said by Watters (2015), its ability “to track [my] growth and demonstrate [my] new learning” (para. 19) over the course of this program and my career.
Jenkins, H. (2013, May 7). Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture (Big Thinkers Series) [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gPm-c1wRsQ&
Radio X. (2021, April 29). Noel Gallagher reflects on being attached on stage [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHvQsWwDYEk
Schryver, K. (2013, February 5). Who Are You Online? Considering Issues of Web Identity. The New York Times blogs. https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/guest-post-who-are-you-online-considering-issues-of-web-identity/
Watters, A. (2015, July 15). The Web We Need To Give Students. Bright. https://brightthemag.com/the-web-we-need-to-give-students-311d97713713#.a2rmav7fp