Who are you?
Yes, I’m asking that to you. The you that’s reading this on his computer or tablet or phone (or maybe fridge or who knows where else). Who are you? You’re probably not that person who just yelled something obscene on Twitter nor that person who just ate a beautiful pancake, perfectly placed on a plate. Or maybe you are, but I highly doubt it. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I call the digital me these days and I find it an intriguing topic. If you’re reading this, you probably have a vague idea of who I am as a person but I’m pretty sure that that idea is not really close to who I really am.
So who am I really? I honestly don’t know. Sure, all these weird posts collected here are part of who I am, they’re a manifestation of some aspects of my personality. But are not the full package. Back when I was on Instagram, my profile was a collection of pictures of cats, cloudy skies, and trees. There were very few people in there. Does that mean I don’t like people? Does that mean I don’t have friends? Ok I’m not the biggest fan of people, so there’s that but I also spend most of my time online and the majority of the people I consider friends live in other countries. Which means that when I’m not online, I’m probably alone doing things like walking in the woods or reading a book. Or maybe playing video games. That’s one thing that doesn’t come up here very often for example: I really love video games. Bet you didn’t know that.
So who are you, really? Think about that for a second. Forget all the tweets, posts, likes, selfies and all that shit for a moment and really ask yourself “Who am I really?”.
What’s interesting in this digital world of 2018 is that you can be pretty much whoever and whatever you want, the digital you is probably more important than your real you. Because the digital you is the only you that counts online. Think about that. If you have a perfectly curated Instagram feed and a “verified” badge on Twitter you’re set. You can be a complete asshole and people will probably never know.
And that’s one of the reasons why I decided to shut down my social media accounts. I don’t care about all that world anymore. And that’s also why I’m getting more and more into writing these silly blog posts. Because they are more deeply tied to who I really am. They’re chaotic and all over the place and that’s the great thing about them.
This is my site, and my content. Everything in here is an expression of who I am and that’s the beauty of having a personal site. I encourage you to do the same. Buy a domain, get yourself a site and start creating a more authentic digital you. Sure, it will still be a digital image of who you really are, but it’s a start.