The Evolution of My Biography and Online Persona

When was the last time you updated your Twitter profile and avatar? I am 23 years old (wow, just typed 24 by accident, weird), and over the last 3 years I have had many different lives: lived in different countries, in the snow, in the country, in the city. My Twitter bio has changed from one thing to another, and now I’m trying again to fit my life int 160 characters. I recently chopped off 1 foot of my hair (donated it to Locks of Love), so my avatar probably isn’t too accurate anymore either.

I bet I have hundreds of accounts for hot new sites across the web, the majority of which I creating throughout the last 3 years during my always changing passions and windy career path. I just created my Google+ account, but I haven’t taken the time to populate my circles, post any photos, or…update my profile. According to G+, I am a recent college graduate (which was a lie at the time, I was still taking online classes so I could live in Tahoe as a snowboard bum), eager to jump on any opportunity I could get move into the social media world.

I wrote this when I was eight years old for my book, "Trapped in the World Wide Web." I've always had a hard time getting to the point in my writing, and I still use emoticons 🙂

20 months later, I’m going across the web, updating my profile to read Director of Community and Strategy at Livefyre. I’ve established myself, my future is clear, and now it’s time to update my personal brand. Time to re-describe myself in 160 characters, re-evaluate my Facebook privacy settings, and some how explain on LinkedIn what my job entails (hint: it’s a startup, a lotta bit of everything).

How do you describe yourself online? Are you professional, personal, maybe completely random? Do you change your persona depending on the community you’re interacting with? I like to keep my profiles consistent across the social web, with username, avatar, now that I’m finally getting around to it, my bio.

Here’s my current attempt at 160 characters (and this doesn’t even include my title or company!) Writing tweets is always a good exercise for conciseness.

“Bay Area born, geek from the start. Passionate about connecting through technology. Happy checking email from the chairlift and sending tweets from the bike.”

How has your profile changed over the years? What are the most important things to include while still being a minimalist?

Collections and Keepsakes: My favorite Nostalgia

I’ve been a collector since I was little, and I still am to this day. From the fads of marbles and POGs, to pencil led and my hair clippings, I’ve built up some substantial collections in my day:

Pencil led, bottle caps, and coasters

  • Pencil led
  • Marbles
  • POGs
  • Trading cards
  • Trophies
  • Stamps
  • Beanie babies
  • Coins
  • Pins
  • Bouncy balls
  • Film canisters
  • Business cards
  • Keychains
  • Keys
  • Bottle caps (just started)
  • Coasters (just started)

Not only do I collect random things, but I’m quite the pack-rat. It definitely runs in the family as I have newspaper clippings from my childhood and even my mother’s and grandmother’s youth. My mom saves tupperware for years and reuses biodegradable forks. Needless to say, when I packed up my room when she moved and now getting the rest of my boxes from her house, I followed in her footsteps and have way too much clutter.

Whenever we get down to cleaning out the boxes filled with kindergarten report cards and hand drawn family portraits, we take that old trip down memory lane. I remember the good, the bad, the funny, the proud moments. I associate a specific artifact with a detailed memory, reliving my past experiences through tangible memorabilia.

The contents of my keepsake boxes tell the story of my life and how I got where I am today. Looking back and moving forward, I’ll be digitizing the artifacts I’ve collected, and sharing the stories that they remind me of. Time to bring context to my boxes of memories, allowing me to let go of the physical clutter. While my grandkids won’t be able to hold my 2nd place tennis ribbon from 2nd grade, they’ll see the picture, read the story, and get linked to the other related stories from my life.

Shoeboxes of photos are on my list as well, but that’s something my children will probably never experience. Do you have boxes of memories stored away, and do still save goodies for your scrapbook? (I may have several badges from conferences I’ve attended…) Are you a pack-rat like me or do you keep it minimal? How do you preserve your memories?

My Scanner is my new best friend: Life Archives Project, Round 1

#6 on my 2011 goals: “Scan 1,000 photos/memorabilia from my past”

Code Name: Life Archives Project (LAP)

This project commenced last night after I finally moved my monitor into my room (it was a great TV for a while) and setup my Canoscan 4400F. Last weekend I packed up my car with 10 banker boxes of old photos, yearbooks, report cards, and more that were stashed away at my mom’s house. It was a rite of passage moving those boxes out of her house. As I take a step forward in my adult life I’m taking the time to look back at all my memories and archive them so they will always be there.

After going through only one box from elementary school I could see how my past completely shaped who I am today (for better or worse). If you read my blog, you might start to learn more than you ever wanted to know about me. From my Kindergarten application to my pencil led collection to my cast when I broke my arm. There are weirder things, there are sadder things, there are funnier things. It’s all going online, all uncensored. I’m hoping my grandkids will enjoy seeing how I grew up. Not only will it be a glimpse into my past, but I’ll be going through my parents’ and grandparents’ photos as well. This trip down memory lane is going back much further than I can even remember.

I spent most of my night setting up my scanner and “command” station, but I did get to scan a few gems. Here’s a sneak-peak at a book I wrote when I was 8 years old, at the beginning of my Internet days: Trapped in the World Wide Web. I had quite the imagination as a youngin 🙂

Trapped in the WWW: Vol 1 Cover

Trapped in the WWW: Inside Cover