I believe the value of digital artifacts that represent your work is only going to increase in value in the coming years. However, I've been struggling to find a balance.
Frankly, I've been put off by what I'm seeing online. Many of today's posts are self-aggrandizing and hollow. There's only so many "look at the cool place I was invited to" status updates I can stomach.
Sadly, our community rewards such behavior...
As a learner and tinkerer, I'm always in search of a new project. Because my pervious 20% project has turned into my full-time job, it's time for a new one. This year I plan on digging into the world of social media and online sharing. I believe there is a way to be super active on social media and not come across like a complete d-bag.
I've started this journey with personal vlogging. Next, I plan on ramping up my use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and possibly Snapchat. However, I want the majority of my sharing to be generative (showing my work) and not shying away from sharing real feelings (it's not always unicorns and rainbows).
The only way we're going to prevent our digital world from sliding into a total mindless pit of photo-enhanced humblebrags and articles we share only for their titles and never take the time to read is to increase the amount of meaningful social contributions.