I recently made my Twitter private (bummer and kinda makes the whole thing less fun) because of a new job.
It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from people, but there are some things I say that will be misinterpreted or taken out of context and in a way, posting things online becomes this permanent perception of you that at times is indefensible. Indefensible because no one bothers to ask you to clarify.
I’ve been trying for a couple of years now to get this blog going again, all the while being very aware of how my name and face are on it. Truthfully, it doesn’t sound satisfying to not be able to say exactly what I want to say for fear of the possible implications.
But I don’t have to be at an impasse. I can choose certain topics and touch on these without being too personal or too offensive and at least get to develop my blog voice rather than refrain from writing all together.
It’s funny. I have a new profile photo up that if seen by someone I don’t know well or hasn’t been in touch with me in a long time would seem misleading. It’s then I realize how much I judge people by what they say or post and that I should probably give them the benefit of the doubt more.
Maybe it’s asking too much of people to understand that some people exist online to be ironic, sarcastic or just silly. Maybe I should be more cautious about the things I put out there for the world to see, to censor my instincts.
It’s a process.