My name is Alice and I have an issue with categorizing stuff in my life.
It seems like every time I pursue a new interest it needs to have its own Twitter/Instagram account or blog. And it isn’t a positive thing if you have too many interests like me (something I hate about myself, to be honest).
This morning, I woke up with the burning desire to write something about my LOTRO adventures, since I’ve recently reached Dol Amroth, which is a beautiful city with gorgeous scenery and it deserves more than a bunch of tweets to share all the screenshots I’ve taken. I’m not that kind of player who just wants to quickly get to the level cap killing all the foes. I love to take it slow and and explore, take screenshots and notes on the regions I reach, pretty much like I would do in the real world.
Then I started to think where to share my post. The first option was this blog, of course, but then I thought that maybe regular readers wouldn’t care at all about a random post on a videogame they don’t even play. Also, fellow LOTRO players interested in my post would land on a blog that has nothing to do with the videogame itself or JRR Tolkien’s work in general.
So I thought about starting a side blog to share my gaming adventures but the truth is that I don’t even know if I’ll ever write more posts like this in the future, so what would it be the point of adding an additional online presence when I already have so many accounts everywhere?
This is my current situation.
It looks slightly mental without a backstory, so here is my reasons why behind all these accounts.
I currently have a website that I use as my writing portfolio to group together all the articles I write for other websites. Then I have this blog, which is my safe corner of the web where I share my rants, thoughts and experiences (it’s like my digital journal). But I also have 2 Twitter and 2 Instagram accounts and I’m at a point where I don’t even know how to link them anymore in my various bios.
I have my main Instagram and Twitter accounts as @alicegreenleaf where I share personal photos and tweets, as well as the links to the articles and posts I write. They are like my “official” social media presence, the go-to places where you can find me and get in touch with me.
Then I have a secondary Instagram account where I share photos of my Tolkien books and collection. It’s a sort of bookstagram but I don’t put so much effort in it to be honest and I mostly use it from the laptop browser a couple of times a week. It’s like a dormant account and I haven’t decided what to do with it yet.
The secondary Twitter account is something I’ve created on a whim last September because I felt the need to have an informal space to fangirl like I used to do before professionals started following my personal Twitter. I mostly tweet about Tolkien books and Middle-earth movies, as well as LOTRO screenshots. It’s a funny and informal place where I can be spontaneous without feeling silly or judged and I only check it once a day from my laptop browser.
The only profile I manage and check from my smartphone is my personal @alicegreenleaf Instagram so, as you can see, it isn’t a matter of wasting time. The main issue is that I feel myself scattered across six different platforms that I don’t know how to link together. I also recognize that it can be difficult for people to understand where to find me and how to follow along. The problem is that I care about the friendships and connections I’ve made on each of those platforms (minus my portfolio because I don’t even know if someone actually visits it) and I also love to categorize my tweets/posts/photos by “topic”.
I thought so many times to take a full month away from everything and see which platform I miss the most. I admire so much my friend Anna for deciding to step back from Instagram and check it only a couple of times a week in order to spend more time with her daughter and journal more on paper.
That said, I still haven’t found a solution for my LOTRO screenshots and I’m afraid I’ll never find a satisfying one. Oh, the joys of online life!