Over the last few years since the latter days at Environment Canterbury I have been experimenting with a substantial array of programmes on the internet. When I started in January 2011, knowing that I would soon be unemployed because my work at Environment Canterbury was running out of funding, I was thinking of blogging and going into online media formats to see if I could create some sort of supplementary income stream.
I delved into programmes such as Google Analytics, Adsense, Feedburner, Youtube. I have accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and elsewhere. I tried monetising my blog when it was on Blogspot and Youtube. I was perhaps naive about what I might achieve – if anything at all – since I had no prior experience with any of this and what I did was all based on trial and error. I have learnt a lot and developed a respect for those who have managed to make a career out of developing an internet presence of some sort and making it sustainable.
But in the last year or so a slowly developing tide of concern has started to well up in me about whether I am over exposing myself on the internet. I have started to wonder whether the fact that spying by surveillance agencies around the world and the inability of governments to deal with privacy breaches by corporates is heralding some sort of new era where the only way to be private is not be on the internet at all. Of course that has always to some extent been the case, but more now than ever with the U.S. PRISM programme, the National Security Agency having allegations levelled against it. Even our own Government does not seem to be so squeaky clean as it would want us to believe.
I have accounts with Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. I used to be on Reddit. This blog is on WordPress – though I am starting to have doubts about whether I should have quit Blogger.
This, coupled with the realisation that I don’t have time any more to play around with many of the Google services, that I signed up to when I was trying to build a blog, has made me reconsider what I want my presence to be like on the internet. I know that I still want a presence, with a blog and a Youtube account, but everything else, including Twitter and to a lesser extent, Facebook is very much up in the air.
Be interesting to see what happens. How many of you have this problem?