You can imbue all sorts of meaning into “Illuminated Past” as the title of a blog.
From time to time I’ve considered turning this into a more structured endeavor (see post here), but ultimately that starts to feel a little too much like work, and this is my playpen, not my paycheck. I threw a few categories up over the blog header so anyone wandering through and taking a gander can choose their poison (genealogists may be less interested in my rantings about TV and those who want to read self-absorbed posts about existence and identity might not have the faintest interest in my old dead family members – and then it’s all out there for those interested in reading general mental bric-a-brac).
This has pretty much been my lifelong writing/journaling strategy – write what I feel like when I feel like it. I’ve hesitated to publicly claim my blog writing as I worry my slightly liberal leaning tendencies and/or rampant honesty might offend any potential future employers located in more conservative areas of the globe.
And as a human being my opinions are all subject to change over time. A post from 2010 might not accurately reflect my current 2014 attitudes. You can learn and grow a lot in four years, but that old post will still be floating around the internet. If someone lands on my 2010 post and reads it without noting the date they might judge my current self based on that. I mean, it’s still me, but a younger less wise me (which is why my 10+ year old livejournal is all privacy blocked these days – I am no longer my 16 year old self, but it’s linked to my name and maybe someone would find my immature gushing over Legolas as a reason to not give me a job or be my adult friend? I don’t know. The world is full of judgy-mc-judgersons.).
On a personal level I’m proud to be myself at any age, but on a professional level I worry that written youthful folly might deter future potential job offers. It’s silly really. I’m a professional person at work and I don’t let any personal biases or opinions color the quality of what I do. In this brave new internet era all I want is to continue to be myself in the online public in the same way I am myself in realtimes public, so I’m claiming Illuminated Past as my own.
It’s a space where I ask questions, where I muse about things, where I share stuff, and ultimately a place where I grow. (hearts and stars and rainbows sapfest time) It’s all interests and all sides of me. If you want to tag along put on your sweatpants and hop in – it’s like you’ve entered my living room and we’re gonna have a nice long chat over a cold beer. Otherwise, ignore this and go find my LinkedIn profile or professional social media work and judge me as a workperson. In this space, I’ve got my stretchpants on, Netflix is queued up, and I hear there’s a Dominos pizza on it’s way over. Hope you like the Pacific Veggie.