Post a Picture of Yourself
What is this? You want me to post a picture of myself… on the internet? THE INTERNET?! But… terrible things will happen if I do! I will have a web presence* and I don’t want one! I want to be completely anonymous.
Ok, not really. I embrace this “new world” we live in, one where we are present online in one way or another. Here I am.
I do know people who very seriously hold the view I started with above. While there are a handful of very real reasons for a select few individuals to fear having any of their information or pictures posted online (such as being in a witness protection program, or similar), most people I have talked to who hold this view seem to fear something akin to the boogeyman.
Don’t get me wrong; there are real risks associated with posting certain information and too much information online. A key job we have as educators is to help people learn how to approach online engagement (digital citizenship?) responsibly and in a way that reduces risks.
(* I argue that virtually everyone already has a web presence whether they know it or not, whether they like it or not. You can’t control the whether (ooh, that makes a fun pun!), but you can, to a certain extent, control the what — what people easily find and what message it sends. More on that in my upcoming Choice assignments for this unit.)
My Web Presence
My personal definition of “web presence” is all of the information about you that can be found online. By this definition, my web presence is much larger than what I am listing below. A Google search for my name brings up a smattering of information in various locations. The following are the key places that I have intentionally developed my web presence and engage online.
Professional or Academic
- Twitter (@poindekster)
- Website (darcyhutchings.com — you’re looking at it!)
- Yammer (online community for my workplace)
- Google+ with school/work email (not maintained)
Personal or “Private”
- Facebook for connecting with family and friends**
- Personal website for political endeavors
- Pinterest for personal visual collections
** Facebook deserves a little more explanation. I typically keep my Facebook fairly locked down. I have made frequent exceptions to this recently as I’ve been heavily involved in supporting a political campaign. These posts I have made public. My Facebook friends are carefully sorted into different groups, many with different privacy settings but some based purely on the person’s interests or role in my life. (I was recently asked, who sorts all their Facebook friends into groups? My answer: A librarian. Yes, I catalog my friends and acquaintances.) I can post things just to my family, to the small circle of best friends, people who are librarians, people who are part of my political network, etc. My postings default to all friends except those marked acquaintances. I only friend people I actually know in some capacity.
Who is D’Arcy?
I’m a mother, a leader, an information specialist (academic librarian), an educator, a pragmatist (usually), a chronic learner. My hobbies include having a toddler (there isn’t much time for anything else) and learning. Together, we like to camp, hike, play with our dogs, dance, and explore the world around us. Before my son, I used to garden, ride my motorcycle at every opportunity, game, travel, and sleep. Oh, sleep. Sigh.
I’m working on my second master’s degree one class at a time. This one is in education with an emphasis in instructional design (ONID), 70% completed, and the first was a master’s of library and information studies (2008). Though the first couple classes I took for this degree are the reason I was able to get my current job as an instructional design librarian, I don’t need this degree. I just can’t stop. I really don’t want to get a PhD but I fear it is inevitable. That’s that chronic learner thing. And this isn’t even touching on all the informal learning I do… I must know ALL the things!
I’m passionate about social equity, helping others, and being the best person I can be (there will always be room to improve). I am not afraid to stand up for others or what I deeply believe is right — and when I am, I do it anyway. The meaning of life to me is the impact we have on others. This doesn’t have to be epic and is often a That is our only true legacy. When there is a leadership vacuum, I am compelled to fill it. When I see a wrong and believe I can do something about it, I am compelled to do so (hence my heavy involvement in politics now, for the first time in my life).
Scariest — and therefore my favorite — horror movies (my favorite genre)
- 28 Days Later
- 28 Weeks Later
- The Ring
- The Descent
- Paranormal Activity 1
- Paranormal Activity 2
- Paranormal Activity 3
- The Crazies
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
- The Uninvited
- Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)*
* I only like horror when it’s terrifying and old horror just isn’t. This one gets to be the exception, though, because I hid and watched parts of it when I was 4 years old and had nightmares about it regularly for about 3 years.
Pets I’ve Had
- Kitters (cat, toddler years)
- Stubby (cat, kindergarten year at G&G’s (grandparents))
- Jake (dog, kindergarten year at G&G’s)
- Baraka (horse, kindergarten year at G&G’s)
- Don Romero (horse, kindergarten year at G&G’s)
- Griz (dog, ~ ages 11-20)
- Saban Savant (rat, high school)
- Petunia (ferret, high school)
- Keira (dog, 2011 to present)
- Ava (dog, 2011 to present)