I can give random titbits about my life, but I really want to keep personal things or things I'm going through to myself. I'm loving the Twitter Circle feature just to have more private conversations with friends, and Notes are an exciting tool where I can write out more of my thoughts that fall in gray areas of my work and passions. It's the perfect outlet to place niche stories I can't place but want to still put out in the world.
Having my writing be a priority is how I've been able to stay sane online. Especially being young — this is the perfect time to be a hot mess. And I've been a hot mess online. There was a point where I was like, oh, I actually don't want to be anyone's role model. People may see me that way and I can't control it, but I want to be myself first. And the only way I can do that is if I keep some things to myself and keep myself safe. So, focusing on being someone that I would enjoy online and making sure my writing is the thing that people know me for has been the most important part.
I've seen online how quickly you go from a public figure that everybody loves to a public figure that everybody is ready to throw away. If you move at the pace of the internet, you're always going to be running. You're always going to wonder, do people like me? Do people care about me? Do people think my voice is relevant?
I think what is worse is once you've pulled back, you can see how quickly the pattern happens for other people. They say one wrong thing, the internet eats them up. The only way that you can really sustain it is if you [ask yourself] am I a good friend? Am I a good partner? Those are questions that matter to me now versus do people on Twitter like me?