**Identity = **Personality, in the context of this post.
I insist on signing-off using the name, ‘Destination Infinity’ not only because I want it to become popular, but also because my online identity is vastly different from my offline identity (Rajesh K). I am myself surprised on how my online identity has grown its own wings and has developed its own character and personality – In short, I am faking my online identity, which is very different from my offline identity.
I am able to tell this to you because I don’t have any hidden agenda or I don’t stand to gain anything by doing it. I feel that the online world (esp. blogging) offers me the opportunity to live a different life, with a different personality – an alternate reality. And besides, this online personality has been developed over a few years – So far, I am liking it.
Bloggers who have met me in person will be able to understand what I am saying. People who know me in real-life (only) will be shocked that I even write & they’ll definitely not be able to associate me with ‘Destination Infinity’. That’s because I don’t even talk to others (unless there is some reason to) and humor is practically non-existent in my offline world.
It surprises me to note how many differences are there between the two identities that make me. I write what I want to, not what I am. That’s why I don’t assume that a blogger is what they represent online, or that a blogger can be known/read-into, through their words. I hope you don’t make such assumptions, as well.
I do occasionally allow my offline identity to surface (somewhat) – Read this, this and this post to see how different they are to most of my other posts that I (usually) garnish with humor and innocence. But even that represents only one layer of the multiple layers – the one I choose to show others.
How about you – Is your online identity different from your offline identity or are they somewhat similar? Do you think it’s possible to ‘judge’ a person through their words or do you also think it’s a silly idea?