I am a very varied person with lots of interests that aren’t always related and I tend to cycle through them in a manor that is not entirely efficient. I’ve always wanted to build a cohesive identity online but it’s always been an optimization problem: how should I spread out my interests in such a way that person interested in only certain ones can reliably find and enjoy my content without it getting lost in the sea of other interests I have.
As I’ve thought about this problem lately I’ve came to the realization that it might be impossible for me to create a perfectly cohesive identity online because there is the likely fact that I’m not a perfectly cohesive person anyway. My Autistic mind operates in a sort of (sometimes wonderfully) rapid incoherent state that tends to be akin to the call stack of a recursive function: rapidly bouncing all over memory until eventually reaching a point where it even more rapidly collapses to a single output.
The problem is, of course, that this obsession with trying to ‘place’ everything stifles my creativity because I can get caught up thinking about where some idea or interest ‘belongs’ in my complicated identity. Does this article about my Autism go on Medium? Should I tweet this random thought about some esoteric finance concept I connected to some cellular biology concept, or should I reserve Twitter for my programming-related thoughts because that’s my primary audience there.
I’m not sure yet what the answers are to these questions but here are my current thoughts:
Now to figure out where all to post this… ☺️