Sometimes you just have to start, right?
I have lived with a completely fun and anonymous handle on twitter, wordpress, and elsewhere for a long time and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the anonymity. I loved playing with online art groups using a pseudonym. I was less daunted when asking questions of industry colleagues. And I experimented in finding my voice as a “professional librarian” (whatever they are meant to sound like!), a blogger, an actor, etc. However I have decided to “go live” with my real name in the hope that I can connect more significantly with people. I hope to learn more from others – and to learn about myself – by sharing more of myself. I also anticipate my “putting my name to my work” decision will motivate me to blog more frequently and honestly. My online anonymity gave me a certain type of confidence; I was less fearful of making mistakes. But in the few years I’ve been working in libraries, and while I have been exploring online learning, playing with new technologies, and re-kindling the actor within, I keep hearing & reading the same phrase: “it’s OK to make mistakes”.
My mantra for 2011 is “Just start” – so here I go.