Identity

One of the things that I’ve always tried to do is maintain a single identity on the internet. Ever since I settled on my long term internet name, I’d been adamant about keeping everything together, even to the point of associating my real name to it. My old blog, contains everything I’ve written ever since I started the whole blogging thing on LiveJournal all the way back in 2004. It’s fascinating to go through all of that crap and see what I wrote when I was a dumb high school kid, moving on to university, and now, in its current iteration where I throw a few hundred words on whatever interests me at the moment.

But over the last year or two, there’ve been things that I’ve wanted to express that I’d hesitated to throw up there. Even though I told myself otherwise, it really felt like the blog had become a single-topic blog. It didn’t really feel right to intrude with more serious stuff anymore. I mean, I did occasionally throw up a post about Canadian politics or something, but that seemed okay because it seemed like people were at least kind of interested in what I had to say.

The problem was that I now had an audience that I was writing for and I had another audience that I also wanted to write for.

It’s kind of the same problem that Google+ tries to solve with its circles. Unfortunately for Google+, I’d already partitioned my online social interactions: Facebook was for people I know in real life and twitter was for people I didn’t. Easy. But the thing is that if real life friends wanted to follow me on twitter, I didn’t stop them. Maybe I should have, but I feel like if they decide to follow me, then they should get the same online experience from me that everyone else does.

And I think this is how I’ll go about with this blogging thing. My old blog has too much cruft in it, but I don’t want to completely throw it away, because as much as some parts might make me want to disavow it, it’s still me. It’s like there’s a very tiny wall. On this side, is this pristine new blog that I’ll get to cultivate. On the other side is everything I’ve gathered over the last eight years. I’ll keep working on that stuff too. What’s important is that you’ll know which side of the wall you’re on. But since the wall’s not that tall, you can hop over if curiosity ever gets the best of you.