Blogs- identity balance and meta homes

Since I retired from full-time employment two years ago, I have been planning to revamp my blog to become my personal web site.  I have had a quiet time for personal reasons but I am finding the new me and I’m ready to reach out a bit more.

One of the things you lose when leaving academia is the web presence you had from your institution.  Another is your institutional email. I couldn’t wait to leave that behind – all those boring emails but I have since found that a email is a key that gains entry to different services and resources. For example, I can have a Google Scholar id but it won’t appear in searches because my email is gmail and ‘Not verified’.


So my plan is as follows

  1. Revamp web site to give open access to what I have done – this means links or pre-print copies of as many papers as I can find.  Fortunately, the Salford repository still has some of my stuff. I am making progress with this.
  2. Broaden my view of ‘what I do’ to include the wider range of activities that I do now that I have more time – there will be knitting! My current thinking is to present these different things via the same blog, but organised so that people can choose where to go.
  3. Once the blog is in shape, move it over to my currently dormant domain

In pursuance of the second part of my plan, I decided to enrol my Twitter network to help me with the concepts and practicalities of having multiple mes on my web site/blog.

This morning I tweeted

Anyone have useful views/comments/examples of hosting multiple facets of identity on one blog? – will summarise responses in blog post

My lovely Twitter network came up trumps.  First, there was an interesting discussion about whether blogs and identity were relevant to each other.


For me, this raised the issue of the markedness of identity, and I have written a post about that .   Then, there was the question of how to balance one’s identity on blog(s) – and do we need a meta-home?

Then there were some very practical suggestions on how to deal with the question of one site – many identities arrangement.  Should that that one site, many blogs, or one blog, many mes.