When Real Life Interrupts: Maintaining Separate Images & Personas

blog I am officially 21. My birthday was this past Friday and I want to take the time to thank you all for the well wishes and gifts. I’ve gotten a ton of both.

For my birthday I partied hard with my friends Friday and Saturday night. However, I encountered a dilemma on Sunday when I decided to upload my birthday pictures and I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you’d do in such a situation.

Some of us have completely separate lives on the web. I for one use an online alias for various reasons. I’m starting to get to the point where it’s become quite a task to keep up these two personas. However, they really aren’t all that different. Corvida talks a lot about technology and my real name (which I will not reveal yet) is a smart mouth who enjoys getting down and dirty with her friends. Shocking, I know. Otherwise there isn’t much of a difference between what I portray online versus online.

Regardless, the smart mouth is who celebrated her birthday. Not Corvida. So my pictures are not necessarily vulgar, but I think some of my online friends would be shocked to see this side of me. It made me think twice about the persona that I have online versus what my friends physically near me get to see.

Only a handful of my online friends knew what I’d planned for my birthday and those friends weren’t all that surprised. This is because they’ve seen the “other” side of me. The side of me that’s not all tech. The side of me that loves rap music, girls, and who is a bit of a…flirt. As you read this things may seems innocent enough. However, I just turned 21 and had no intentions of being innocent for my 21st birthday. I may be 21 for the next year, but you only turn 21 once! So my pictures resemble this not so innocent persona. I’m at odds on whether or not to upload my pictures on Flickr. I don’t want to pick and choose which pics should go and which pictures to keep to myself. Yet, I ave a reputation and image to maintain. Despite the privacy options that Flickr offers, it just isn’t enough for this dilemma.

So what’s a woman to do?

Corvida Raven

A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven talks tech in plain English on SheGeeks.net.