I gave a brief talk at March’s joint WordPressDC and Hacks/Hackers DC MeetUp on leveraging WordPress to craft your personal brand. Below are slides and a recording of the livestream.
I invite you to watch, but in short, the main takeaways were
- In the olden days, people used to be scared to put personal information online; they felt the need to be pseudonymous (see handles like SparklePrincess87); life online was distinct from life offline.
- As more of our analog lives became digital, the need for a second identity diminished; we no longer represent ourselves with anonymous screen names, but rather as ourselves.
- Social networking and mobile computing contributed to this shift by interfacing the online and offline worlds. Today’s radical transparency (e.g., lifecasters posting pictures of their lunch) shows we have come a full 180.
- We shift from corporate brand associations in the 50s (e.g., “I work for IBM”) to personal brands today (e.g., “I’m an independent contractor”).
- Today we all have a unique opportunity to plant a flag on our corner of the internet, take control of our online identity, and declare to the world who we are by crafting a thought-out narrative.
- Unlike in the real world where you are the only one in control of what you say, online, content has a life of its own — you must be proactive.
- WordPress makes it dumb simple to tell the world your story.
My five big steps to launching your brand
- Grab a domain
- Define your personal brand
- Start a blog
- Socialize your content
- Upgrade your resume
Recording of the livestream
Greg Linch opens by discussing WordPress and Journalism, I begin at 30m 10s
For those interested in the plugins mentioned
- Resume Plugin for WordPress
- Emphasis Plugin for WordPress
- All in One SEO
- Google Analytics for WordPress
- Simple Facebook Connect
- Simple Twitter Connect
- Subscribe to Comments
- Syntax Highlighter Evolved
A special thanks to everyone who was able to come out or follow along on the livestream.
Comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and Fed 50’s Disruptor of the Year, described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” and winner of the Open Source People’s Choice Award, Ben Balter is a Product Manager manager at GitHub, the world’s largest software development network, where he oversees a team of product managers responsible for the company’s business-to-business and community and safety products. Previously, Ben served as GitHub’s Government Evangelist, leading the efforts to encourage government at all levels to adopt open source philosophies for code, for data, and for policy development. More about the author →