A stranger in a strange land

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Can a blog every truly be your own voice?

Isn’t it just projecting an image of yourself that you would like others to see?

If I wrote a diary on paper, then my thoughts would be mine alone. If a blog is a digital diary, then shouldn’t I also be free to say what I like? However, that is not how I perceive blogging. I dither over what to commit to the blogosphere, leaving a digital footprint that may not reflect who I am, but which will outlive me nevertheless. Knowing that other classmates (and possibly lost WordPress searchers) will read my blog, I find myself self-censuring. My blog contains a voice, but it is a voice specifically for my readers.

This MA obliges us to communicate via social media and collaboration tools. Being a digital immigrant, I have not always found it comfortable engaging with these media because of privacy issues. The idea behind keeping a reflective blog is sound. I am marketing myself for the future. The blog is a way of keeping a record of what I am doing for this module and can be used later as an aide memoire.

However, a blog is yet another way of announcing that you have an online presence and it makes you easier to be found. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but some of the time I honestly do not understand why the contemporary need to be seen and heard is so endemic (eye rolls from digital natives). Why is there this clamour for external validation?

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One thought on “A stranger in a strange land

  1. nicolateresa February 15, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, lots of food for thought! It’s funny though – I don’t really relate to any of the feelings you express. I have some privacy concerns, I’m not naive, but in general I love social media in all its forms. Always have really… I also think it’s very exciting as a social justice platform.

    These assignments are great for gaining other perspectives. I may write up my own social media post!

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