Friday, January 21, 2011

Split Personalities

Where has the year gone? Sheesh, its the 21st of January already and this is my first post of the year.

I must be honest, one of the reasons for the sluggish start to BiPolar Etcetera is because these days I'm so busy posting on other blogs/networks. Here's what I've got to maintain:

  • 2 fully fledged blogs
  • 3 twitter accounts
  • 2 flickr accounts
  • 2 websites
  • facebook
  • foursquare
  • ...and about half a dozen others.
There's been a lot of talk about the act of creating multiple online personalities and most of it negative. Implications that you are somehow not genuine if you split up yourself and your musings into different little fragments; that there is something false and dishonest about you.

I've given a lot of thought to this over the years. And my conclusion is that, no, the reason I split my "message" up into different accounts and channels is not about me - its about my audience. In fact, it's out of respect to my audience. The vast majority of readers that come to this blog are people with some interest in BiPolar. And it is for that reason I dont blast them with my posts about Search Engine Optimisation and photography. I post that stuff where people that are interested in that stuff come.

In the same vein I post pics regularly to two different Flickr accounts. One for my "serious photos" and one for my hugely manipulated work. A lot of serious photographers follow my Flickr stream, and they dont neccessarily want to be plastered with my more avantgarde photoshop experiments. Ditto Twitter. Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.

Trust me, I would love to be some major celebrity with millions of followers devouring every morsel I throw out there about my life, whether it be on SEO, BiPolar, photogrpahy, or what I ate for lunch. It would be a heck of a lot easier. But at the end of the day it's you guys that I respect...   


  1. Yes, I believe you are correct. I have three blogs with three different purposes written for the audience it is intended for. Why would the average person be interested in my bipolar site, my retirement site and my easy online money site all at the same time? No one. Only the amateur psychiatrist would try to pull off that bit of psychoanalyzing piece of ignorance. Sorry but I'm tired of the amateurs.

  2. That is a lot of online communication. I have zero online presence apart from adding comments to the BPG Blog.

    I would have liked to be an entertainer such as an actor or comedian but lack of ambition or direction prevented that from happening.

    Is BPG an entertainer trying to cater for the largest possible audience?

  3. I appreciate you separating the topics for us.

  4. It's neat if you can pull it off. I've tried but end up feeling burned out.

  5. "creating multiple online personalities, most of it negative... you split up yourself and your musings into different little fragments"

    So basically, you're Voldemort with electricity and broadband!!

    I was a visitor about 3 years ago, formerly at "fork in the road" and "fern canyon", so Hi again.


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