While reading the various articles and looking at this image in Module II, it caused me to reflect on my online participation. I see myself as more of a joiner/lurker.
I do not keep a blog (this is something that I just am not good at doing. I also am not good at keeping a journal, even though I’ve tried various journals/blog spaces/etc. I just can not make myself update them regularly because I don’t feel like a) I have anything to say to the internet at large b) I don’t want my friends to read them if I would happen to be venting (I tried a private blog but I still didn’t update that…)) and don’t really post any newer information anywhere else other than commenting on friends’ pages. The only creation I do really is posting my pictures on my tumblr/flickr sites that I keep. However, I also do not keep up with these all that often half of the time. I do join social networking and other sites such as Tumblr, Google +, Facebook, etc. Twitter is my newest toy (along with Instagram) but I’m still figuring out how to use it and all the tagging is a bit overwhelming for me. When I am not doing homework, paying bills, or doing things for work, I am spending the majority of my time on social networking sites, thus making me a joiner.
Now, as for me being a lurker, I do look at a lot of sites, blogs, profiles, etc. but I often do not comment on them, share them, or say anything about them. I observe from the periphery more often than I add my two sense. I just feel more comfortable that way than I do adding my information on the web.
I’ve been trying to become more of a poster/creator for the internet because I feel it is important for me to have these skills as an information professional but it definitely something I need to work on.