Relax! This won’t be an exercise in disinfecting your online presence to the point of sucking all the amusement out of it. The joy police aren’t beating down the door.
Please trust me when I say I’m the biggest fan of finding humour in pretty much every situation. It helps me to cope with life if I’m honest, that along with caffeinated drinks and Malcolm Tucker. Heck, sometimes I’ll laugh out loud just because I can, in the middle of the day with only the cat for company.
But we must recognise that there’s a time and a place for that risqué joke or the tirade about women drivers – and it isn’t online.
And given that social media is one of the first ‘go to’ places to get the lowdown on prospective employee or partners, the sooner we take stock of how we’re presenting ourselves the better.
But have no fear! There’s always creativity, innovation, support, and empathy you can fall back on to strengthen your online presence. You know, useful stuff like that.
Will you still want to do what you’re doing now in ten years?
In terms of work, will you have changed or want to switch direction? Nobody knows the answer to that one.
It’s rare for anyone to look back at past indscretions and not inwardly squirm, even if it’s just a lilttle bit. That’s because we all change, evolve and rethink how we see things.
Nothing is permanent, but you can futureproof your reputation by maintaining an ongoing eye on your online behaviour.
Your future self will thank you for it.
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