The moment I googled my full name for the first time, I have seen myself through the eyes of others and felt deeply guilty, scared, …, I can’t really express the other feelings in words. A mind blowing question, “Would there be any negative thing or reputation that might affect my future life? ” , I rushed over many of them with a very firm privacy seeking mentality, then a sort of mixed up feeling again. On one side I felt safe and happy that there were no bad things on it with my name including the face book. On the other extreme that same moment I started evaluating how far the packages sound professional, so that the viewers can at least get some thing in it, but all of them were not more than mere sign ups of the respective sites.
My mind inside forced me to compare the non-digital CV in my hand to the digital profile I currently have knowingly or unknowingly which could be a sound way to judge how far guilty I have been. Here I am, willing publicly for evaluation, how far blocked I have been on the digital world especially for the last five years. Enjoy learning from my mistakes because wise people do learn from others’ while fools do so by their own.
The unpublished CV of mine says: as an effective HS student I have written a short novel entitled “A Lover as a Guardian” for the inter-school literature competition and awarded level four among top ten students(1993), but nothing on the digital profile; an under graduate student who reviewed the challenges of malaria control in tropics the case of Ethiopia for the fulfillment of B.Sc. degree in Applied Microbiology(1997), but nothing on the digital profile; an effective HS biology and chemistry teacher for twelve years in both local and International schools, who built his own exam bank of all the years, of which one package is selected as a model exam of one district in the country(1999), but nothing on the digital profile; a member of distance education biology text book revision team in Alpha University College (2001), but nothing in my digital profile; a researcher on the area of microbial bio-fertilizer development that identified some indigenous acid soil impact tolerant species of Rhizobia (Nitrogen fixing bacteria) for common bean production in the country through a successfully defended M.Sc. degree thesis that is used as a research beginning document by Ph.D students in AAU (2009), but not published in any of the wonderful research sites online where I used to seep lots of scientific findings duty free except for the act of citation credits on the thesis reference; on the community service side as a volunteer science and ethics teacher in some local orphanages, but non of the lovely experiences on the kids’ life improvements were not foot printed on line, I am so sorry.
More than all, even though there is a free institutional internet access in soil research center, Sandford International School and currently here in International Community School of Addis, I did not contributed further as an educator than just subscribing on few sites.
So do not you think that I am the one who made a well evidenced guilt on the quality of my digital profile on line. Who else will then be more guilty than me hiding behind his weaknesses not to capitalize his digital life package that would at least be referred by students, because they have the right to know who is teaching them in details, let alone helping them build a positive digital foot prints.
As of my total understanding then, being an educator having a poor digital foot print is not constructive by any means. Although late by yesterday I can overtake tomorrows’ digital generation through action. It is a peak time to wake up and act.
Shall I then stretch forward to my next blog asking myself again “Am I really private being online?”