Friends, I’ve been absent from you. I will neither apologize nor make excuses because, well, you probably really don’t care that much.
I’ve been thinking a lot about business things lately, as I mentioned, and wondering about things like online presence and the purpose of this here blog and the difference between my blogging self and my painting self. I think I’ve been thinking about “internet persona.” That’s what it’s called, right? I have two different email addresses (well, more than that really) and two different Twitter accounts, one of each for Happy Sighs and for Betsy Ann Paper. I assume there are those of you who read this blog who couldn’t care less about what I’m painting and selling. And then I figure there are those of you just want to know when to order mother’s day cards, and don’t have any interest at all in baby photos and my opinions.
But each of these, even, is sort of separate from Real Liz. Not different- I like to think I’m genuine online. But there are pieces of me that I choose not to discuss in such a public forum.
It does make me wonder, though. Because, in being online, we have the option of choosing how we present ourselves to the world. We have the choice- the obligation, even- to filter ourselves. I post photos of my coffee and paintbrushes, but not of my sink full of dirty dishes.
I wonder where that line is between being genuine and sharing too much. Between censoring your story to protect your privacy and manipulating how people perceive you.
I wonder both as a woman who is trying to build a business on the internet, and as a person who values building genuine connections- on the internet and otherwise.
Do you think you have an internet “persona”?
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