Considering my personal brand
9/21/2011 04:09:00 PM | Author: Christa
For Thing 3 of CPD23, we were asked to look ourselves up online to see what comes up in search results.

I actually egosurf every now and then, just to see what's out there. In the past, it was interesting to see webpages from my old job, over 10 years old, still with my name on them. Some website clean-up was in order there, I think. :) I also used to find, pretty high in my search results, information about a Presbyterian minister with my same name.

Today, things are very different. I have profiles/accounts in all sorts of social networking sites, and they are what comes up now when I look up myself. First result is my Facebook page, 2nd is this blog. Then, in order, there is me on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, SlideShare, MySpace, speaking at Internet Librarian 2011, Vimeo (oh yeah! I forgot I had an account there. Heh.), my Google Profile..

Hey, that next one isn't me! There appears to be a Christa Burns in Portland, OR at Portalnd State University. Cool.

Oh, there I am again. The last search result on this first page is my WebJunction profile.

Page 2 of the search results starts out with me - Flickr, LinkedIn (again?), T is for Training. But then, other Christa Burns' start creeping into my results, and now it's a mixture of all of us.

So, how do I feel about this? Perfectly fine. I put myself out there, on all of those sites, on purpose. Sometimes, just for my own use, sometimes to connect with friends and family, and sometimes for work/professional reasons. Some people keep their personal and professional online personas separate. I don't. For me, it's just too much work to do that. Should I create 2 accounts everywhere? Who do I share what with? What if my work colleagues find out that (gasp!) I went to the zoo??? Really? I can't be bothered. I have a job, but I also have a life. I am not my job, I am Christa. So, you will find me online speaking at library conferences, promoting Nebraska libraries, participating in serious library discussions. You will also find me online playing D&D, visiting my mom, dressed in my Halloween costume, playing with my cats and ferrets.

Mango margarita with jalapeno infused tequila at Mi Casa, Breckenridge, CO. Yum!
And I don't share anything, anywhere, that I won't mind people seeing. It's the internet. People will see, somehow, anything you put online. I personally feel that the illusion of' 'privacy' doesn't really exist on the internet. If you're going to be online, you must understand that people will see you and your stuff. If you have a problem with that, don't put yourself online. Pick and choose wisely. So, you will find a picture of me online drinking a margarita. It's OK, I'm a grown-up, I'm allowed. But, you won't find a picture of me doing a naked handstand on a bar in Cancun. You're welcome.
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Investigation: CPD23 Blogs and their bloggers
9/21/2011 02:39:00 PM | Author: Christa
Yeah, so I lied. I didn't catch up with CPD23 last month like I said I would. [insert typical blogger excuses about life and work and whatever here] But, I'm back now and I think I'm ready to go. So, let's do this!

According to the Delicious list, there are now 783 blogs registered to participate in 23 Things for Professional Development. WOW! And for Thing 2 I'm supposed to explore these blogs and get to know their writers? Where the heck do I start? Well, when in doubt, start at the top. So, I started looking at the most recently added blogs.

I've been involved in running one of these 23 Things programs myself in the past, and we currently have an ongoing program like this at MPOW. So, I wasn't surprised to find many of the blogs started with great fanfare and energy about participating in this great project, but then sadly abandoned. It's just the nature of the beast. It seems like a great idea at the time, but then various factors conspire to prevent you from working on it. It's OK. It happens. I think, just having heard that these kinds of programs exists is a success. Maybe it wasn't possible to jump fully into this one, but maybe when the next one comes along, the time will be right.

So, on down the list I go. Now I've decided to do a quick and dirty comparison of posts from local, Nebraska, participants and participants from other countries. I'm curious to see what people from completely different places will say about the same things. Now, I didn't go thru all 700+ blogs, of course. :) But, I did read thru 5-10 from the list. And I was happy, and I realized not really surprised, that librarians from all parts of the globe seem to have the same issues, concerns, problems, ideas, etc about the topics presented to them in CPD23. Very cool! Now, there are local flavors to the posts of course. Recognizing people and places mentioned in Nebraska-centric posts is a very different experience than not having any idea what posts from other countries are talking about. But, the best part about it? It made me want to learn more about locations I've never been to before! And before I knew it, I was sucked into the internet, surfing away.

Finally, I had to drag myself up and out so I could write this post. I'm sure I'll end up back there again someday, though.
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