I’ve had a number of conversations recently with different people about the stresses that come with having a public face that you promote as your brand, and the perception that it is very much a double-edged sword. As a writer, using my own name, I sometimes have to think very hard about what information I parcel out using social media and face to face conversations.
Gosh, it’s just like living in a small town before the invention of the internet isn’t it? So many people seem content to broadcast everything to the world, and to a degree I’m as guilty of that as anyone else when I Like items or Share website links. I suppose it’s easy to feel superior for not consciously over-sharing or ranting at the drop of a hat, but that seems to smack of arrogance or of not having the courage of my convictions.
What has been interesting to observe, since starting my association with Artyfakes, has been the number of extra followers, views and general interest across the board. Some are names I recognise from the chat stream, others are not so obvious; but it’s enough to remind me that my decision to blog and act openly as myself online has consequences as well as opportunities. The conversations I’ve had at least confirm these are not unique to me.
So, as much as I have things to get off my chest, just like everyone else, I think I’ll continue just doing so to those who know me personally, and preferably in person