I remember thinking early on that there could be a divide between our identity and our ideas. However, I often think back to your comment which challenged me:
As connected learners we are not just curating ideas and resources, we are creating relationships, some are just ‘weak ties’ but others are very meaning, rich and strong. I don’t just read Dean, I hear his voice, I connect to previous things he has said, and I pause just a little longer if he says something I disagree with
However, it is also important to remember, as Chris Wejr captures, is that not everyone is able to be who they are online.
I sometimes wonder if the issue is not who we are ‘online’, but who we are offline? I really like Austin Kleon’s point about keeping a diary as a private space.
I find that my diary is a good place to have bad ideas. I tell my diary everything I shouldn’t tell anybody else, especially everyone on social media. We are in a shitty time in which you can’t really go out on any intellectual limbs publicly, or people — even your so-called friends! — will throw rocks at you or try to saw off the branch. Harsh, but true.
Although I could always do more about communicating who I am online, I do not think I spend near enough time stopping and considering my offline space.