Particularly as an early career faculty member, there is a lot of pressure to have a well-curated digital presence. The expectation is that I am comfortable using social media and other platforms to express myself and engage in professional self-promotion. While I definitely see the value of a variety of digital tools in the classroom and have been an attentive visitor on many platforms for my entire adult life, residency is definitely more difficult for me. Even with the security of having a year or more to think things through, I find myself worrying that my journal articles and conference presentations will not represent me and my ideas effectively. In the quick turnaround, and sometimes character-limited, world of social media, these worries are compounded. What if my remarks trigger a debate with strangers that I don’t have the emotional energy to follow-up on? What if I don’t end up agreeing with my own post? Does anyone really care about my experiences and opinions? etc.
I have always been more comfortable talking to people face to face, where I can judge their reaction to what I am saying in real time and adjust accordingly. However, the pandemic has shown us that this kind of contact is not always possible for a variety of reasons. I hope that my participation in DigPins will help me to think through my concerns and gain confidence in my ability to just hit publish when it comes to sharing my thoughts online.