I do not have a fondness for taking batches of selfies multiple times a day and generally I am rather timid about displaying my face on social media or other places online. I have a tendency to use silhouettes, illustrations and photos not of me, or hard-to-recognize-me images for my profile pictures, like this:
A couple of days ago, a dear friend (we met online ironically, when I had no photo to show) had a bit of a rant on one of her social media accounts about why she automatically rejects friend requests from people who do not have a recognizable photo of themselves and very little by way of meaningful posts on their feed. Made sense. And made me decide to show a little more of my face on that place where we are friends, even though with a photo from a couple of years ago.
It was the 2010-2011 academic year, I finally got round to doing a Masters in Journalism at the (then) University of Western Ontario. Journalism was the first program I wanted to do and Western U the only university I explored that possibility with when I was approaching the end of secondary (high) school in my country of origin. Why it did not happen then and how I got to it in 2010 is a story I will likely share in a future post, but taking up that program was nowhere in my plans when I first landed in Canada (legally) years earlier. Getting on Facebook, Twitter, blogging platforms, etc. was a requirement for the course.
In June 2010, I did my very first solo TV story for that J-school program, which involved researching the topic, finding interview subjects and locations, going out with a producer and camera operator (course mates) to film, editing and of course submitting for a mock on-air deadline. My story was about a historian from London, Ontario who had written a book on the history of London from the Ice Age and later first settlement by Aboriginal people (June is Aboriginal History Month) to present day. The location we were at, the Forks of the Thames River in London, was the site of the first British settlement. I’ll post that clip once I lay my hands on it and share some throwback shots of me in there.
My blog is still a work in progress with more design elements in the works. Meantime, I have put up a Writings page with samples of my articles. More to come. My Mind jumps around a lot and I hope to add more diversity to that page with bits from different types of writing I have done – essays, plays, radio stories, interviews, speeches, conference papers, dissertations, video stories, etc.