My Digital Footprint – EDUC 932 Blog Post #3

When I google myself a comedian comes up.  Thanks to him for hiding all those college memories from the rest of the internet.  But what happens when I’m trying to grow my personal brand?  I get buried under this UBC comedian’s massive shadow and the simplicity of my own name.  Adding a keyword from my hobbies (teacher, photography, fencing or hiking) still turn up dry.  The only way I could actually find myself was with a location tag like Korea and even that this blog is only 1 of dozens of hits.  I think the best way for me to combat my ungoogleability is to use another tag.  Live, Travel, Teach seems to be working pretty well and encompasses my passions.  Whether I stay with this name or change it I’ll certainly need to do some legwork to optimize my SEO results.

Lets just pretend for a few moments that you’ve already found me.  If we have a mutual connection (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.) then suddenly I jump higher up in the google search.  My footprint might not be very large but scouring the internet I like to think I’ve got a pretty good reputation.  You can find evidence of my edtech presentations, hundreds of articles about traveling around Asia with a dozen or so more about teaching.  My Instagram looks professional (even if I don’t feel like a true photographer) and everything I found was as I tell my students “school appropriate.”  I’ve managed to keep most of the crazy college videos from ever being recorded and am rather happy with my online reputation.

But how can I grow my footprint so that this reputation that I’m so proud of gets out there?  This is my challenge, one that I hope EDUC 932 and Prof. Steven Katz can help me with.  I’ll be growing my PLN (largely through Twittter).  I will redirect my blog into a more purposeful series of articles that will hopefully increase the splash I make on your Google Search.  Even with all of these I think my footprint might remain scarce so I’ll have to increase my activity on various platforms.  Rather than just writing on my blog I need to follow others and actually read/comment.  I need to get onto Twitter more often and build a network.  In effect I need to focus on growing my PLN and hopefully that will lead to a larger digital footprint!

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Mike Still
Mike is a travel enthusiast, photographer and teacher. He loves adventure travel, meeting the locals and exploring new culture. As an outdoor enthusiast you can often find him hiking mountains or exploring forests trying to capture the beauty of mother nature. In 2013 he founded www.LiveTravelTeach.com as he left his home in America and has been teaching or traveling around the world ever since!

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