On having too many accounts

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.

Yes, I have a Trello board about it.

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!

4 thoughts on “On having too many accounts”

  1. Hi Alice, I love reading all your posts and relate so well to your struggles. My blog is a mish-mash of personal posts, a portfolio (that I’m still working on), and “professional” type posts. I created an Instagram account for my blog but deleted it after a year. I auto-share posts to Twitter which gets some traction but personally, don’t get much value out of posting there. lol.
    I think you should totally share your LOTRO screenshots on this blog! Perhaps you could make another category or menu option. One of my friends has a professional portfolio website but founds she had so many posts about military life that she made it its own category even though it didn’t fit the main theme of her website.
    I think as social media becomes more trepidacious, our personal blogs will have to grow to show all our interests and likes.
    Keep doing what you do! ~Lily

    1. Thank you so much, Lily! I really appreciated your kind and encouraging comment. You’re right about social media, also I miss those “everything blogs” we used to have before Facebook and Twitter were invented.

  2. for what it’s worth, i am a big fan of getting all the alice things when i subscribe to the alice account (or blog). as humans, we aren’t so neatly compartmentalised that we could have 2 or 3 distinct, separate channels of one topic each, that we could divide ourselves up into. and more often than not, it’s the mix of interests and how they are tangled up and influencing each other that makes things interesting.
    so i’m strongly in favour of putting the LOTRO screenies in all the places that are for alice stuff, and let people decide if they want to engage or scroll it away. as a recipient, i’m always happy when i get confronted with something i wouldn’t have thought about seeking out myself, but turned out really interesting. that’s good stuff, not uncleanliness to be rooted out.

    that said, i hear where you’re coming from re appearing professional. i have a couple of people from my academic surroundings follow me on twitter, and i wondered if that should influence how and what i should tweet. same with my mastodon account. the instance my account is on has a bit of a silly name, so i pictured what it’d look like if there were slides at a conference that concluded with my name, my uni, my firstname.lastname@uni email address, and then my @nickname twitter and @nickname@sillyname mastodon accounts. and if somebody followed me there, they’d find personal ramblings mostly. how unprofessional.
    but in the end, i think i answered that professionalism question for myself: i am not just an academic, and it’d be disingenious to make a space that pretends that’s what i am. i have opinions on random things, and i have ‘non-serious’ interests. these influence me professionally. that’s who i am.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, as always! I feel like I’m one step closer to be myself at 100% on this blog. You’re right, I should probably just share my LOTRO screenshots and stop caring about people pleasing.

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