A friend and I were reminiscing about the good old days of Xanga – a blog/journal hosting service that we used (along with many of our friends) to chronicle our lives and our thoughts. As we moved from high school to college, our Xangas started to become less and less frequently updated until, finally, we stopped updating them altogether.
Since then, I’ve moved on to a more serious type of blogging. I’ve started to write about the fields that interest me and have used my blog as more of a branding tool than as a place to talk about my life. My hilarious (and sometimes R-rated) rants have been replaced by posts about Twitter and my thoughts about social media.
Lately, I’ve been asking myself – is this me? Is this what I really want to talk about? Would I use these words?
I’m finding out more and more that the answer has to be yes, at least here. Shawn Farner can be found inside the domain name. Shawn Farner can be found in the blog itself. All of my social networking accounts, most of which have a link to this blog, have Shawn Farner as the user name. There is no escaping the fact that this blog now belongs to Professional Shawn. Consider Professional Shawn an alter-ego of sorts, like Clark Kent is for Superman (except not as super). As long as this blog serves to represent me to the social media world, I have no choice.
I suspect that a lot of people have found themselves in this situation. Behind every blog you read is a blogger with a lot more to them than you could ever learn through their posts. I suspect that someday soon, I’ll make another attempt at creating a more personal blog. Until then, Twitter comes the closest. And to get the full experience? You’ll have to get to know me. :)