Lately I've written about blog bios and blog userpics.
A cynic might say I've been scratching around for topics and my eyes keep landing on elements of my blog. 'Erm. . . ooh. . . erm. . . how about. . . BLOG USERPICS!' A cynic might be expecting a post next week on netbook keyboards versus desktop keyboards, whether I should continue growing my nails or clip them now, and which colour mug I should make my next pink tea in.
Sorry, Cynic. There is method to my madness, I promise.
I've been thinking a lot about creating an online identity. For a lot of writers, this process starts with the book deal and is dictated by the content of their book, by the brand they are trying to establish. Increasingly, though, writers are starting this process at querying stage, or even earlier.
And increasingly, writers are blogging because it's fun - but at the same time, they have to be mindful of the online footprint being left behind.
When I started blogging, I was conscious that someday an agent might read my blog. I considered blogging with this in mind - never mentioning problems, blocks, or difficulties in case and an agent read my posts and said 'Wow, once she didn't write for a two weeks, she'll never keep to a deadline!' But when I read a few writers' blogs and saw the honesty that blogging allows, I decided - feck it. I'll be myself.
And that means blogging in my natural, slightly-snarky voice, having bios that may mention cookie recipes or cable knitting needles and maybe getting my photo wrong sometimes. I'm okay with that. I made the decision to blog as myself but to keep as much of my private life out of it as possible.
Did anyone else obsess about this? At what stage? I started blogging regularly and then pondered all of this a couple of weeks later. Did you consider the importance of online identity before or after you started your blog - or do you ignore it completely?
And more importantly, is 'deciding' to be yourself on a public blog actually horribly two-faced? I'm afraid to think about that too much in case the wave form collapses :)