Writing an "About" page is such a weird undertaking - it's my job to craft a narrative about myself to put my "online persona" into the world.
Social media has corrupted this online persona building process with an array of signalling tools...
LinkedIn to signal professional success
Facebook for virtue signalling
Instagram for happiness signalling
It leaves me wondering what is the best way to strip off all the layers and how to introduce yourself to random strangers on the internet who stumble across your page? I really don't know, and maybe it doesn't actually matter. This isn't exactly a dating app.
One thing that has been helpful in corporate settings has been using personality tests. Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of them (personality is a complex thing after all, and we humans are pretty susceptible to the Barnum effect), many people have been exposed to these tests. They provide a helpful language that might just cut through any signalling, and it's also beneficial that they provide generic descriptions, which I can lazily refer to 🙂
Looking at two of the more popular ones:
Myers Briggs: I'm an INTP (borderline E/I), described as the "logistician". The opening lines from the website linked describe logisticians as "flexible thinkers [who] enjoy taking an unconventional approach to many aspects of life. They often seek out unlikely paths, mixing willingness to experiment with personal creativity." That sounds about right.
Enneagram: I'm a type 6, described as the "loyalist". The Enneagram is more nuanced than Myers Briggs, and one can only really get personal insights by delving into the many layers. However, the generic description says: "Sixes are the most loyal to their friends and to their beliefs. They will "go down with the ship" and hang on to relationships of all kinds far longer than most other types. Sixes are also loyal to ideas, systems, and beliefs—even to the belief that all ideas or authorities should be questioned or defied." Make of that what you will 🙂
I've put together this website to capture some thoughts on life through my own eyes. I've been hesitant to share my writing historically because I've been afraid of what people will think, but then I realised very few people really care what I think, and those few tend to be my closest friends. Some of those friends encouraged me to share more widely. I'm a little bit bleak that I needed the external validation to take the step, but hey... life is one long lesson, if nothing else.
Anyways, one thing I can say is that I hope you find some value here. If you do, drop me a mail - it would be great to hear from you 👋🏽
On any given day, this is what I'm listening to: