Rebooting My Online Identity: Claiming a Domain of My Own

Well, here it is. My blog:

Heaven knows I don’t need to have yet another blog, website, or online profile. I have dozens of blogs, wikis, and social media accounts. And I administer literally hundreds of webpages for my academic work. Why another one?

It is partly an issue of centralizing and organizing those various pieces of my online presence and participation. Maybe this is a meta-blog. But this is not just an administrative convenience for someone who (like so many others) finds himself and his media strung out along the digital wilds.

But what has convinced me to do this are arguments made by Jim Groom and tools made available to my institution by Phil Windley. My university, Brigham Young University, has begun a “domain of one’s own” initiative (in imitation of what Groom has done at Mary Washington). At first I thought this was a problematic way of subordinating university personnel to the IT infrastructure (and perhaps oversight) of this university. But I was very wrong. The central goal of domain of one’s own is to own and claim one’s identity and media.

So they gave me this free domain, a name which I chose, and a set of tools that I can use to build out my own domain / website with subdomains, data services, APIs, etc. as I see fit. So I am starting with this blog and seeing where it goes. I plan to try to follow the POSSE protocol: publish on  your own site, syndicate everywhere. Not sure how smoothly that will work, but I like the idea enough to try to make it work.

Next goal: tabulating and organizing my various presences and identities across my many web projects and online profiles. *sigh* Time for some cleanup there, too, after being online for 20+ years.