“This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
I don't know about y'all, but lately I've been more into the social media channels that show the real side of people than anything else. Platforms like SnapChat and FB live or Periscope are fun ways to really get to know the personality behind the brand of some of my favorite online peeps. Myself included. It's hella fun to see people with their kids or do face swaps with their husbands or just put a rando filter on them. I love it all so much. Real is where it's at.
And we were all reminded of that not two weeks ago when Candace Payne (Chewbacca Mom) went live from her car in the parking lot at Kohl's. That was the most viewed live video on Facebook EVER. All because she was willing to put it all out there and just be her authentic self. The mask alone was funny, but her pure joy and full belly laugh stole the show. Within hours the mask sold out everywhere and jumped in price about about 100% on Ebay. Crazytown.
But it got people talking again about authenticity and it's importance in this digital age. Having a space that represents you and your brand in a clear and memorable. And having .ME domain name is the perfect step! I've already said how it easy it was for me to create a media kit with their template that was a direct reflection of Carpools to Cocktails and having a .ME domain name would just be icing on the cake. One of the things I dig about it is that .ME offers premium domain names, which naturally resonate with readers due to their memorability and meaning.
This year is all about re-birth of sorts for me, well for this blog really. I neglected it quite a bit last year and while it was for a good reason, I missed it and am working hard to get back to where I was. In the meantime, I'm making sure my site matches up with my personality and represents C2C in a true light. My tribe is all about keeping it real and I love that they show that in all forms.
They share the real and the messy as well as the picture perfect that we all still like to look at. I dig that. Being able to show all sides is so important in what we do. For those that are starting out and ask how they can be true to themselves while still being able to work in the wild west that is the internet. I encourage them to start with a space that makes them feel like them and go from there. Share what you feel comfortable with and take pride in knowing that messy is just as good as "pretty perfect" if not better any day of the week.
How do you show your TRUE self on the internet? Is there one platform you prefer over another?