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I’ll Show You My Privates, Kind Of…

Years ago when I got really involved as an activist, it never occurred to me that everything I was doing would wind up in someone else’s web search, most often a potential client or employer.

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What to do?

Stop being an activist? Um, never! It is complacent people that have caused the worlds problems after all.

Instead I created CheriSpeak and put everything about me in one place — the good, the bad, and the ugly. What have I got to hide? They are bound to find the dirt eventually, so I may as well disclose it all up front. Of course not everything I have done in my life is here on this site. At 45, I have a lot left to include, but this is a great place for a taste of all things “Cheri” and it is always a work in progress.


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Let’s face it, nothing is really private any more and if someone like George W. Bush can have a whole library little ol’ me can have a website!

When I write on my blog, I don’t necessarily “share” my work with all of my social networks. Some things that are appropriate to “share” on FaceBook simply are all wrong for LinkedIn. That being said, I am well aware that anyone can find any of my articles and that’s fine because I am not hiding anything, but there is a certain etiquette involved in social networking. In fact, even my resume has a full “social media disclosure” with links to see my accounts. People are going to find them anyway, and employers and clients do care about what you are involved in as well as how wide of a reach you have, so why not be up front? As a writer, my social reach is as important as my content to clients and other publishers.


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In a digital age there’s nowhere to hide if you are a participant of the technology. The best way to handle it is to embrace it. There is no fear in something you master. Whether I am writing about marketing with social media, writing tips, poetry, or a hard-hitting political piece; whether it’s my involvement with Bloggers for Peace, or that I am the Sexy Cynic,  it’s right here for all to see. These things are a part of who I am.

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5 comments on “I’ll Show You My Privates, Kind Of…

  1. Kylie
    June 21, 2013

    This is good! I’ve been struggling with how to balance my activism, personal blogging, and ‘internet presence’ with my professional consulting goals and I think you’re right: just put it all out there. Honesty is the best policy, and we have to be authentic, whole people.


  2. diannegray
    June 21, 2013

    Great post, Cheri – honesty and being open is always the best way to go 😉


  3. 1EarthUnited
    June 23, 2013

    A proactive activist – go figure! 🙂


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