Myrna’s Digital Presence – Unit 2, Assignment 3

Considering my digital presence, I reflect on a specific question raised. “Schryver (2013), Will you be ‘Googled’ well?” (para 18). I often ask myself questions that impact the posts I make, or the precautions I take. I am very new to the various Social Media platforms, in comparison to the online friends or acquaintances I am linked with. I view others posts, see what I like, and what I don’t like. I try to determine how I want to present myself and what I want to take away from the information. Recently, I’m asking myself, what is the value of this page, this friend or contact, or the purpose? There is so much information and conversation on the Internet and if I do not consciously make an effort to choose what I do, time can easily be wasted on what I describe as dead content.

Time is precious. I try to choose what I engage in and groups to follow, based on my interests and places that provide value, education, and opportunity. I quickly disengage with groups that push to sell cosmetic products, rant and rave chaos, and through trial and error, find what works for me. Unless I am passionate or have an intrinsic urge to illustrate a perspective I feel needs to be told, I try to avoid negative online interactions, knowing the audience may perceive my thoughts through another lens.

I agree with Schryver that misunderstandings occur most often due to the lack of visual cues like body language, timeframe, or changes in a person’s tone (Schryver, 2013, para 36.). A post can be interpreted in many different ways, based on the readers mood, the context, or what captions are used within. Examples are the use of capital letters and exclamation marks, or a specific emoji or choice of punctuation, like a question mark instead of an actual question written out.

With the above in mind, I try to make a conscience effort in where I spend my time, what I spend my time doing, continually questioning where I want to go, and what I want to share. I relate to Jenkins’s description of Participatory Culture, engaging and growing where enjoyment is present, while sharing together experiences and stories (Jenkins, 2013, 2:00).

Just as those interviewed around the world by Jenkin’s Master students, I too have a richer intellectual creative life outside of work where I may spend most of my time, and in their case school. (Jenkin, 2013, 0:01). Creativity is powerful and I need non-digital creativity too, which I believe allows digital creativity to blossom. This is the vision I have in using experiences mixed with digital technology to help me achieve my goals.

Not too long ago, reaching an audience or educators, required a plane ticket and a rich pocket to get there. When it comes to an audience, “Hargittai and Walejko (2008) said, while eyeballs for viewership are not guaranteed, the prospect of reaching large audiences is more within the realm of possibilities than in earlier times.” [para. 1]. My interest is to learn through others experiences, and share stories, projects, and new developments to increase opportunities.

The MALAT program offers a unique experience in allowing self discovery and embarking on a personal cyberinfrastructure journey (Campbell, 2009, para 13), opportunity at our fingertips. My digital pathway can be imagined as navigating a river to reach an ocean with wide open possibilities. My goal is to build upon my current digital presence to uniquely promote opportunity for businesses I own with 2021 Technologies, and share Indigenous knowledge to a wider audience. Along the way it is inevitable that there will be struggles and teachable moments, time to evaluate, re-evaluate and modify my path, always reflecting on how far I have come to push me further.

Plan Towards a Digital Presence

I plan to work towards my goal by determining the digital presence that suits me, works for me, makes me more efficient, and provides the most benefits. Following are four steps I know I need to take and room for more as my path takes shape.

LinkedIn

Increase my connections on my LinkedIn Page, as a business owner, this is a useful tool for the purpose of making connections in business

Approach

  • Determine other businesses that I could provide a service to and send out requests to connect those who own or manage the business
  • Once a month during the first year post a story or a business achievement to share with the audience
  • Follow connections who are positive contributors to the communities and region I live in
  • Find opportunities through the LinkedIn community to participate in at least once a month to gain insight to a useful skill to benefit my business, family, or health & wellness.

Knowledge of gaps:

  • Takes time to read posts and find ones that I can relate to enough to adopt, comment on
  • Takes bravery to press that send an invite button to someone I’ve never met before

Strategies to Address Gaps:

  • Don’t put pressure on myself to read everything, get great at scanning and determine what has the most potential or best overall benefits
  • The person on the other end most likely feel’s the same way

Measure(s) of Success:

  • Increased connections and value added in business

Unexplored Social Media

Use of Social Media to advertise, promote, and share business opportunities

Approach:

  • Explore digital platforms I am not familiar with and decide to adopt or pass (Instagram, TikTok or new platforms recommended by others)
  • Decide on one platform that I can do really well at and use it to its advantages

ID of Skills, knowledge of gaps:

  • To be determined as I am unfamiliar with those I haven’t explored, only heard from second-hand experience

Strategies to Address Gaps:

  • To be determined as I don’t want to explore platforms that I only ever hear or think are negative, so this is an area I have yet to explore for myself

Measure(s) of Success:

  • Coming to a decision if such platforms will or will not suit my business or education needs

A YouTube Channel?

Create a YouTube page to advertise the services of each business I am involved in; positive promotion, increase followers, and gain momentum to bigger opportunities.

Approach:

  • To be determined, still not too familiar

ID of Skills, knowledge of gaps:

  • Content is required and this takes time to develop, though I have over a decade of photos, videos, education, projects, and a lifetime of experiences to draw from, it takes time to put together to share on such a widely used technology
  • Building an Identity is needed, takes time

Strategies to Address Gaps:

  • Start with one, make it short, and research benefits to starting a channel
  • Organize data, create a storyboard of what I hope to accomplish, and potentially do things in sections, to draw in an audience with an end note to want to learn more

Measure(s) of Success:

  • A YouTube Channel to educate others and share the services in business I am involved in.

Website Facelifts

Re-design and update websites used for each business I work with, de-clutter, re-organize, and re-structure to allow navigating smooth, while incorporating blogs, videos, or stories to share growth, milestones, and projects completed:

Approach:

  • Delegate staff to outline webpages we want to see
  • Make a choice for the one that is priority and work my way down the list

ID of Skills, knowledge of gaps:

  • Time consuming to create or update website contents
  • Need for quality photos and videos, which requires time for editing and polishing

Strategies to Address Gaps:

  • Hire a designer to assist and guide them through the vision
  • Ask for help and input from younger generation

Measure(s) of Success:  

  • 2021 Version of the websites

I must remind myself that where I spend the ultimate gift of life, time, needs to be productive. I know creating a digital presence can so easily consume time that I can never get back.

References:

Campbell, G. (2009). A personal cyberinfrastructureEducause Review, 44(5), 58-59. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure

Hargittai, E., & Walejko, G. (2008). The Participation Divide: Content creation and sharing in the digital ageInformation, Community and Society11(2), 239-256. https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.royalroads.ca/doi/full/10.1080/13691180801946150

Schryver, K. (2013). Who are you online? Considering issues of web identity. The New York Times blogs. Alternate link to the The NYT blogs site. https://advance-lexis-com.ezproxy.royalroads.ca/document/index?crid=6d4ad924-c6c0-4e84-84ec-65cd9b0fb26b&pdpermalink=5f3b81ac-4fb7-4de0-aee8-c39f43c49cad&pdmfid=1516831&pdisurlapi=true

Video:

Jenkins, H. (2013, May 7). Participatory Culture (Big Thinkers). [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/1gPm-c1wRsQ

6 Replies to “Myrna’s Digital Presence – Unit 2, Assignment 3”

  1. Myrna I enjoyed reading your post. In fact I read it twice over. The honesty with which you say ” I try to choose what I engage in and groups to follow, based on my interests and places that provide value, education, and opportunity. ” I have started doing this too. Right now I am in the process of reviewing my social media contacts and removing those that are not aligned with what I am seeking.

    One question on my mind as I have been engaging in this housekeeping process is “Now that I know I am both a knowledge receiver and a knowledge giver online, how can I add value to those who add value to my digital presence?” I do have thoughts around this, however have not honed in on the ‘how’ yet. I think your thoughts around sharing indigenous knowledge are a great way to add value to your connections.

    What I like about your plan is the emphasis you have placed on self -preservation, reflection, and taking time to know exactly what the gaps and areas of investment are while also acknowledging the needs of other players.

    I am interested in your discoveries and aha moments as you progress in your plan- if you are willing to share.

  2. Hi Myrna,
    I agree with many points you have highlighted in your post regarding wasting time on “dead content”, misunderstandings due to lack of social cues and making a conscious effort of where time is spent. I find it so easy to get lost/distracted when searching for something on the Web that i have to write a list. I find the red exclamation mark on urgent email offensive. I’m not sure why but my team knows to avoid it if possible. I was wondering about how you will decide which social media platform you will use? What factors will go into that decision? I am also curious to more about the Indigenous knowledge that you are wanting to share. I work for the FNHA and have been fortunate to have had many wonderful learning opportunities. Always wanting to learn more.
    -Gail

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I agree that our messiness of online communication could be quite the disaster if we couldn’t hit edit as often as we do. I think that is our Education and the Non-Traditional ways of communicating that forces us into questioning everything we write and questioning it’s grammar. As an Inuvialuit, the community I grew up in, aloud me to adopt a special accent, tone, and way of speaking. Everywhere I go, I am corrected on things I say, more often then not, even as an English speaking Canadian. Knowing this, I try to remind myself that the way I speak, write, or think, has a lot to do with my experiences, the education I have, and those who have influenced me along my way. To me (to I), this is who I am and my Education path has gotten me in the habit to question the things I write, taking away that messiness, or who I truly am in a sense. I can see why you asked the question. Crrecting our messiness, takes away our humanity in a sense. – Myrna

  4. Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Your reflection is reassuring to know that we are not alone and we all are going through so much reflection and trying to justify our time and where we spend it. RElated to strategies, I do look for resources that have even a slight mention of my interests and often make the choice to review based on that. Many times, it doesn’t always work out, but in the past I have spent a lot of time working on things that did not interest me and reading information that would not support me in my life, my goals, and where I wanted to be, affecting my engagement. With so much information out there, I think it is important to find solutions that offer multiple opportunities at once, where possible. I would like to hear more about how your creativity offers opportunity in your digital world if you have anything to share – Myrna

  5. Hi Myrna,

    I can definitely relate to the critical approach you are taking with respect to your online consumption and participation, along with how you are making conscious decisions as to where your attention is directed (Rheingold, 2010). I take a similar approach and one of my ongoing concerns is whether my curation is creating an artificial chamber that only includes select voices that hold common beliefs and similar perspectives. For instance, on LinkedIn I worry that I am seeking out self-affirming information that may reduce my exposure to diverse ideas. In essence, working against my intention to deepen my knowledge. What are your thoughts on social media curation?

    I am curious how you might respond to Schryver’s assertion (2013) that we are taking a heavy hand when editing our online conversations, those conversations which would be inherently messy in real life? I am often guilty of editing my posts after they have been shared to revise a phrase or edit a typo, a liberty that does not exist in-person.

    Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention, and other 21st-century social media literacies. Educause Review, 45(5), 14.

    Schryver, K. (2013, February 5). Who are you online? Considering issues of web identity. The New York Times blogs. Alternate link to the The NYT blogs site.

  6. Hi Myrna, I like how you organized your thoughts process for each social media ressource and built your plan accordingly. In your post, you mentioned ” I try to make a conscience effort in where I spend my time, what I spend my time doing, continually questioning where I want to go, and what I want to share.” I’m dealing with the same the same dilemma as what to read, how should I spend on it and when to let go to tackle other things. I mentioned in my blog the the need to critically discerning various perspectives and when to let. I’m curious as how others adopt for strategies to spend the right time on the right resources. What are your strategies to do so?
    Also, your comment about creativity “Creativity is powerful and I need non-digital creativity too, which I believe allows digital creativity to blossom” is beautifully written and one belief I completely relate too. – Stephanie

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