Does anybody else out there think they have a different persona on social media to the one they share in the real world?
When I first started blogging I wrote a post about masks and how nearly everyone on Fictionpress (where I first got online) had a creative pen name. It felt safer in those days to hide behind a creation. It was easier too to me be myself when nobody (including me, half the time) knew who that was.
A great deal has changed in the last few years.
masks for sale on the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
I don’t want to spend this post moaning about my job, which isn’t all bad. There are days however when it leaves me feeling like a broken toy. I still haven’t perfected the knack of taking that bad phone call or rising above the constant IT issues without getting angry, stressed or eating too much chocolate.
At work I can regularly be unhelpful, stressful, selfish and snappy. All in self-defence of my own insecurities of course!
I’m not at all like that here. On social media, I’m chatty, helpful and have almost mastered the art of making polite conversation about things that aren’t always writing related.
I want to say that the social media me is the ‘real me’, but that’s far too simplistic. The social media ‘me’ is the ‘me’ I’d like to be. And, of course, I find it easier to be here when there is less pressure and I’m sharing things I love with people who love them too.
So, I guess now that I have come out of hiding and am using the name I was born with online, I’m searching for a way to take more of the social media ‘me’ back into the real world. Long term it’s going to be much less confusing than carrying this Jekyll and Hyde thing about.
Any tips? Or does anyone feel that they have a ‘real world’ persona and a social media persona?