For various reasons, some of which I'm ready to share and some of which I'm not, I've decided to retire the name @whatamidoing.
The first and most obvious is that I think it's safe to say that I know what I'm doing, even when I don't.
The most important reasons that I'm willing to talk about right now is that I started at Hive 4 years ago as a totally different person than I am now, and so I'd like a fresh start.
I no longer feel the need to be anonymous.
I no longer feel that I need to escape doing “work”. I can embrace a good grind.
I am slowly integrating my work and my play to an extent where I don't ever have to pretend to be something that I am not, and I have fun most of the time. I can filter less and less, regardless of the situation.
I no longer fear attention. Bring it!
I no longer fear holding the mic. I’m ready.
I no longer shy away from weilding a bit of power. I no longer see it as something that is neccesarily used to control or manipulate others, but as something that can also be used to empower others.
I know a shit ton more about money and economics and a lot more about the world.
I no longer fear for my future.
I am no longer fighting the system or things that I don't like. I've come to realize that I can do much more by simply putting my energy into building and empowering others.
I no longer feel that I can't earn money in society. I have faith that what I have to offer the world will be recognized so long as I express it honestly and with passion.
I no longer feel like a victim. I know there is so much that I can do to make my situation better, and even if I am put at a disadvantage, I have more to gain by looking for the lessons in it then letting it influence how I feel.
I no longer look towards others to make me happy and fulfilled. I can gain happiness and fulfilment from others, and love to do so, but I can just as easily create it by myself.
These are just some of the ways I've changed in the past 4 years that I've been part of this community. I feel the need to mark the beginning of a new version of this dude I call self.
At the same time, I wanted to choose a name that is consistent with one of my existing projects that a handful of people off Hive follow.
At first I thought about using I+Everything which is the "Official" name I use for my art (mostly music and fiction right now). For those who don't know, I have a bunch of songs at the link and am getting ready to release my first novel, 5-6 chapters at a time, in a series of zines/novellas that are available on a bunch of platforms through a self-publishing service.
Then I realized that the posts that have always gotten my friends at Hive engaged are the blogs, vlogs, podcast like discussions etc. where I share my experiences, perspectives, personal philosophies, and whatever wisdom I can muster, as well as the occasional rambling shitpost or some nonsensical humor. I think that's a better fit for a blog :-) I've used the name Self Help for Trolls.
I am someone who says "love and appreciation" and "fuck shit up" in the same sentence. :-D
You may or may not have realized it already....I'm a troll at heart, but a troll with the best intentions.
I have a really massive plan to show appreciation for all the people who helped me grow and evolve and be able to have some influence on this platform. I've got to keep my plan top secret for a while but eventually I'll talk about it openly.
I am not going to power everything down over there just yet, it will be a slow transition but I hope to start doing most of my posting from this account. I realize I might end up losing some of the people who have put me on autovote, but I am confident I will gain back those who are still active at the platform and hopefully others as well. This will just push me to really deliver the awesome.
It will be a bit of a struggle to let everyone know that I'm changing accounts because it's hard to catch everything that goes on on this platform, so I'd appreciate a share and a follow :-D