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Ian O'Byrne

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Ian O'Byrne

January 12, 2016

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Posting publicly online. 

I'm a proponent of sharing openly, and publicly online. This means that warts and all I (for the most part) share what I do..and who I am. I mean...look at what I'm doing here. I'm doing my daily five minute journal here openly online. No one may come and read this...but that's not the point. :)

As I guide others, there is often the question about WHY would you do this. There is also the question about what should you share...and do you share everything.

From my own perspective...I share what I believe fits into this "brand" that I've developed. It's not the right term, and it does rub some people the wrong way...but I share things that deal with literacy, education, and technology. I do try and work some aspects of advocacy, or activism...or productivity into it. But, it's all in the same realm of content. 

I believe that overall, sharing and opening up over time has helped me. I believe that it helps me build my identity and I've had offers and opportunities because of this collection of materials I've shared online.

For the most part, I don't believe that it has been a negative. There have been one or two times that I've shared something and I've gotten a response that's been a bit less than I planned for.

I do wonder as I build up an audience and this identity...will the expectations change?