Karen! This is turning into such a fabulous reunion party now! I love what you said and I couldn't agree more. You brought up a point that I think I'd forgotten, and now I wonder if this held true for all of us, so I'll ask it as a question to the panel... When you signed up to G+ did you have a sense of getting a clean slate, a blank canvas, a fresh start to present yourself in a new way? To try new things? To connect outside of your established real-life social circles? I know I did and I think it helped to shape my experience in a pretty powerful way.
As an artist, on Facebook I always felt like I was bouncing around inside a very small box of people who already knew me. And those people already knew me in a way that related to them. I was a classmate, a family member, a friend of a friend of a friend... But I never felt like I could be an artist first to them. I was a distant cousin, or a kid they bullied in kindergarten not a pop star. 😂
When I signed up for G+ the first thing I felt was a rush of freedom. I remember thinking, "I can be anything I want here. No one knows me yet. I can be an artist first."
I think I made myself up to be bolder and braver than I'd ever been. I made up my "laughing in the face of the lion" and "fierce joy" taglines for my profile on that first day. And then, I had to become that version of me I made up. I did get braver and bolder and more fiercely joyful than I've ever been. And it was more me than I ever was before.