We’ve come a long-long way together, baby.
And by “baby”, I am adoringly referring to– of course — “the internet”.
From my first X-Files fan site over at Geocities or Tripod (or where-ever-the-hell-that-was) (hey, give me a break, it was 1997!), to Blogger, to LiveJournal, (back to Blogger) and then WordPress.com, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter(with a few others places in between) (OMFG! Fanfiction.net!!), I have basically grown up online.
I’ve gone through (and/or described) a rainbow of human experiences on some sort of online public forum, from puppy-love, family dramas, deteriorating and blossoming relationships, depression, work, politics, activism… anything and everything. To this day, my best friend in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD is a lovely young woman I met online over 7 years ago. If I’ve lived it, it’s probably happened or documented online.
Some may call me a geek, but I like to think that I was more of an “early adopter”. Because if MC Hammer uses Twitter, and then re-Tweets me, how on Earth can you call it “geeky”, huh, punk?
Yeah. EPIC WIN.
Anyway. I was talking about growing up. And becoming mature and stuff.
Because, yes, I’m getting older and accruing the odd responsibility that I need to start taking seriously. The time has come for me to settle down with my internet shenanigans; to assess and consolidate my online presence and to set myself up for what the future holds for me.
However, that by no means involves quitting the internet or passively waiting for work, mortgages and come-what-may to smash me into boringness.
It just means thinking about things like “branding” instead of just blogging my brains out for no particular reason (or, like, because I’m angry at a politician or freaking out about my career), and setting my online-presence up in a way that works for me rather than against me.
Oh, gods. That sounds horribly boring, doesn’t it?
But, honestly this was inevitable.
As they say in Swahili, my favouritest language ever: Hakuna matata, the Circle of Life (™?), et cetera…
Because I am old, now, you guys. O-L-D. And I am about to work for a large, influential corporate entity that works for other large, influential corporate entities, and, yeah… I have to be responsible and sensible and stuff so that I don’t get fired or sued or whatnot. While the property market might be Just Where I Want It as a flash-hot young law grad at a large corporate firm, it will not be so nice to be unemployed or a freelance whinger who does not even have a Google AdWords account.
So while I am not quitting the internet, I am just going to be a bit more grown-up in the way that I use it.
Phase One of this grown-up online makeover has been completed: about a month ago, I quit Facebook.
Oops, sorry, did you spit out coffee all over your screen? Um. I probably should have put a little warning before that little announcement, I guess. Anyhoo…
While I may have been referred to as The Queen of Facebook on more than one occasion — what, with all my friend-approving and blog-importing and link-posting and group-joining and event-creating and wall-writing — it got to a point where, just like for Gretel Killeen, it was Time To Go.
(And we all know what happened there after Grett-Grettz left, don’t we? Just sayin’…)
As cool as it was to see what people were up to, and to have “ambient awareness” or whatever they call it about all these people that I know, Fb was turning into an epic time drain and the people that I interacted with the most on there were people I would see, or call, or text message, or Twitter to, on a regular and more meaningful basis.
And because I don’t have any photos of me drunkenly groping a life-sized cardboard cut-out of a boss’s opponent that might one day cost me a promotion or something (like this guy) (because I am, we’ve pretty well established, a square) there was nothing Fb had to offer me any more.
I was told I wouldn’t last a week, but a month later I am doing JUST FINE! I may have Twittered a wee bit morethan I had done so while I had Fb, but otherwise, I have not missed a thing. (Or if I have missed them, I have not noticed I have missed anything, and that suits me fine.)
Upon the successful completion of Phase One, I have continued to push the cogs rolling ever forward.
I now present to you, Phase Three [just work with me here]:
Yup, I went all-out and invested in a domain name and hosting and all that fun stuff!
Phase Three is still very much a work in progress. I now need to save up so that I can pay the awesomeness that is Aja West, designer extraordinaire, of Swankmob* to design me a website and business cards and some other peripherals (note to self: ask her if she does personalised stationery) so that I can launch my brand — that is (pay attention, children!), ME — so that those who so wish to do so can hire me to write stuff and be fabulous (which is something that I want to do some day, down the track). But it’s happening.
*Aside: You guys, if you’re looking for a designer and don’t have to get a second job making coffee to pay for one, HIRE AJA!! Because then she’ll give me a cheaper rate and my site will be done sooner, and you’ll have an awesome site too! WIN-WIN-WIN, people, it’s all WIN!
And now, in case you think I am a moron who cannot count…
I wish to take you back a step to Phase Two:
With the power vested in me upon the installation of WordPress 2.7 (hot!) I have set up a new blog in honour of the New Year, and more importantly, the New Me.
I’m going to leave all the old stuff there without migrating it over because I want to make a fresh start of it, and I’m really excited!
So change all yer bookmarks and subscriptions and stuff, and start looking forward to joining me on this next step in my life online. I’ll see you here!!
Peace out, Team Awesome Readers of Sunili’s Blog — I ♥ you, each and every one!
[Cross-posted @ sunili.wordpress.com]