I love Twitter. I spend a lot of time there because it helps me stay current on the news that interests me and it even helps me keep in touch with many friends without having to pick up the phone. It matters a lot to me at the moment and it is one of the best networking tools I have.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about my Twitter username or ID, the thing that everyone knows you by on Twitter, because I want it to be more representative of who I am. For a long time my username was EyeZao, it had a very special meaning to me but I'm really the only one that knew what it meant. After I launched Geek Therapy I thought it was a good idea to associate myself more with the brand so I changed it to @GeekTherapist. It worked for me. At the time I identified with being a therapist more than anything else and I had just received my license so it felt really good to take on that name. But I'm more than a therapist. In fact, I like to consider myself lots of different things.
So that online persona, who I am on Twitter, felt incomplete. I am extremely proud of Geek Therapy and love to see it continue to grow but even Geek Therapy is not about therapy in just the clinical sense. I often feel that Geek Therapy has a branding problem, and I feel I have the same problem. I am a therapist but I'm not just a therapist.
I want people to associate my name with being a therapist, a teacher, an engineer, a comics writer, a blogger, a culture/identity expert, a language expert, gamer, and more. I want to be able to talk about my different expertises with a broader group of people and I mostly talk to different people online so I wanted to start identifying myself as more than a therapist.
This is the story of why I changed my Twitter name to @GeekPolymath. To be honest, I will probably eventually change my Twitter ID to just be name but there are surprisingly a lot of Josué Cardonas on Twitter so I haven't found a way to write it that hasn't been taken. I still feel that "Geek" sums up a huge part of my identity more than any other cultural group so I'm keeping that one. The "polymath" comes from it being the perfect word to describe how I feel and it allows room for growth. As I keep learning new things and expanding into new areas, the term still applies and in a way it also explains why I'm always doing new things.
I liked debating the distinction between a polymath (expert in many things) and a generalist (having a general knowledge about many things) because I feel I've crossed from being a generalist to being a polymath. When and how it happened, I'm not sure and although some people would probably argue over the semantics, I'm going to go with what I currently feel most comfortable with.