It all matters.
I think a lot about what I post online and what stuff matters. I mean, at a certain point do the random hobbies you have really make a difference? Probably not. Except, if you get really caught up or invested in the sorts of things that other people are looking for, you might never find your voice. It's one thing to expect to make your dream salary posting memes all day on the internet. It's another thing to show the range (or diversity) of experiences you have across the board if you have it to show.
Show 'em if you got 'em.
I've struggled with this mightily for years. The thing about cultivating an audience is it's a blessing and a curse, because at a certain point once you get past the people who are your friends -- who care about you -- everyone you assume that's paying attention is there for a reason. The feedback can be intoxicating, because you want the validation of knowing they're listening. But not every post merits a reply or a +1 or a me too without it become meaningless.
Plus you can't ever tell what a like is trying to say. Is it "good job?" or "I agree" or "hey, your post was deep and I feel bad and here's a sympathy like?" Hard to know.
Back to my original point. At what point does the stuff you did in college stop mattering? Probably when you have enough professional experiences to give people the idea that you're credible. And even then...do those things matter less? Should you stop mentioning it? Most people do. I think it's probably weird to talk about what you did in college when you're in your 40s or 50s and yet, I run across people all of the time who are those ages and older and they're always waxing poetic about where they lived a long time ago or what they did in college.
My takeaway here isn't what it was when I started. When I started writing this post, the whole point was to basically talk about some stuff I did a long time ago and how it informs where I am now. The reason I can continually create user bases on different platforms has everything to do with the fact that we've been doing this a long time. I've learned how to cultivate networks and build communities online. It's hard work and that knowledge doesn't make it any easier. But some of my first followers on Twitter were people who were following my blog back in 2003 when I was a college student and I thought there were LOTS of bloggers. Looking back now, I know better.
Here's the other thing, I think in contrast to a lot of people I know on these platforms, I just spend so much of my time around people who just aren't tech literate. Outside of my immediate team and a few other folks, most of my quality tech-savvy friends are not in my day-to-day life in person. I think it's a huge crutch because it requires you to stay connected (online) to stay connected. This isn't a weird problem for say, a teenager, but as an adult you have freedom to move where there are likeminded people and well...there's a presupposition that at a certain point you'll go and find a flock somewhere and make good things happen with them.
That's not happened here yet. Though it's about to.
I'm not trapped in the past, as much as I'm trying to string together a series of unconnected experiences into some kind of narrative that helps (you, stranger) to make sense of the journey that brought me here. I've never been good at synthesizing what parts of the story matter versus the parts that don't, but it's a story nonetheless.
More than anything, it's having the courage to attempt to tell the story and seeing it where it leads me.
So let's tell the story.