Using WordPress to Craft Your Personal Brand

I gave a brief talk at March’s joint WordPress DC 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

  • Why Brand?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  • As more of our analog lives became digital, the need for a second identity diminished; we no longer represent ourselves with anonymous screen names, but rather as ourselves.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

  1. Grab a domain
  2. Define your personal brand
  3. Start a blog
  4. Socialize your content
  5. Upgrade your résumé

Recording of the livestream

Greg Linch opens by discussing WordPress and Journalism, I begin at 30 minutes 10 seconds

For those interested in the plugins mentioned

Additional Resources

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.

benbalter

Prior to GitHub, Ben was a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows where he served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the role of technology in brokering the relationship between citizens and government. Ben has also served as a Fellow in the Office of the US Chief Information Officer within the Executive Office of the President where he was instrumental in drafting the President’s Digital Strategy and Open Data Policy, on the SoftWare Automation and Technology (SWAT) Team, the White House’s first and only agile development team, and as a New Media Fellow, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of the Managing Director. His paper, Towards a More Agile Government was published in the Public Contract Law Journal, arguing that Federal IT Procurement should be more amenable to modern, agile development methods. More about the author →

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