The majority of my conversation online is here on 35hunter – the posts themselves and the ensuing chat in the comments.
I also read and comment on a handful of other blogs, plus Flickr.
Given that I don’t use any of the popular social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), my online footprint is pretty tiny.
Over the years I’ve developed a voice in writing, and it’s one that’s actually very similar to how I am offline.
Just perhaps a little more eloquent, considered and thoughtful. Occasionally witty.
But largely, how I speak here is how I would if we were sitting having a discussion around photography in person.
I’ve also avoided having nicknames or handles or pseudonyms.
In person I like to use a person’s name when I’m speaking with them, so trying to mirror this online when someone is called sunwavewarrior or livingmybestlife75 feels false and, well a bit silly.
Fine to use that as your blog name, but when you want to build a personal rapport with people on online, for me it’s a major barrier.
Imagine how ridiculous that would be in person –
“Hey my name’s sunwavewarrior, all lower case, no spaces, what’s yours?”
“Er, it’s Dan.”
I have noticed subtle changes in how I speak online, however.
At the core there are two guiding voices.
One is the more technical, geeky, gear focused photographer (and indeed this applies across other topics and interests too).
Then there’s the more emotive, poetic and soulful side of me, who’s more interested in how a camera makes me feel and considering why we photograph at all, than any tech spec.
Both my inner geek, and inner poet show up regularly, just usually one is a little more dominant than the other at any one time.
I also find that sometimes my “voice” matches the blog I’m commenting on.
Again this is a little like real life matching and mirroring, where we find our approach adjusts depending on who we’re speaking with.
For example on Jason’s Darts and Letters, where his organically poetic text tumbles freely, interwoven with a strong affinity with nature, I find my comments drift towards a similar tone too.
Then sometimes wonder if I should be more like that all the time, including on 35hunter.
More personal, informal, poetic, spontaneous.
But how about you? How similar is your online voice compared with how you are in person? Do you have different personas on different sites?
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