Early last month, I brought The Faceoff Circle online after a couple of weeks of maintenance, which came with some reflection time with regards to where my life was at and where I wanted to go next.
Society, obviously, has continued to be on pause since, and there hasn’t been a ton of news to cover, so a lot of that reflection continues. Which is, to me, a good thing – I haven’t had this much “planning time” in a long time, or time to just sit down and think about decisions made, and what to do better next time.
One thing I’ve decided to address particularly over the past couple of weeks is my social media presence, and how I would like to use my accounts moving forward. The following is a bit of an update on that.
I’m going to be honest with you, figuring out what the point of my Twitter account even is has been a battle for every single day of the dozen years I’ve been on there, and I don’t suspect that will change.
It’s been oft-demanded that I split the account up in some way, shape, or form, because the account attempts to be a lot of things at once. That’s because it’s ultimately a personal profile, and it’s never not been that – it’s my conversational connection to all of you where I go to learn, chat, vent, and everything in between. I take pride in the fact that I’ve been true to myself with the platform, no matter what the consequences have been. At the end of the day, honesty is more important to me than success.
I’ve had a locked personal account for a while that my closest online and real-world friends have access to, but a small, confined environmental limits who you can have conversations with. I’ll keep that (and not name it here, though most of you know what it is), but I’ve used it less and less over the past few months anyway – mostly just to vent on particularly depressive nights.
What I’ve come around to in recent days and weeks, though, is that the main account can be very full-on and cluttered, to the point where the items I feel actually matter get lost in the wind of the things I’m just saying to spitball or shoot the shit. So yes, I am splitting into two public-facing accounts. But no, it’s not a concession for the “stick to hockey” crowd or anything along those lines, or a shift towards being more vanilla.
Rather, I’d like the main account to be the place where I share more fleshed out content, ideas, and points, while my second account will be where I do the spitballing, shooting the shit, and rambling about my day or whatever. That way those who want the full life experience (TM) can get both, but those who just want my firmest feelings can get just those.
The new account has a familiar name – my original Twitter username of @Jeffler, and you can follow it now if you wish. The Faceoff Circle’s account will also continue running, though it will likely continue to just be used to promote articles and respond to tweets sent specifically to it.
To repeat: This isn’t “Hockey Jeff” vs “Non-Hockey Jeff”, but more of a “best of” vs “the rest” situation. The minimization isn’t on disagreement – I will continue to accept lumps for what I believe to be correct – but on overbearingness for those who just want the main points.
As a few of you have noticed, I’ve been working on my Twitch account for the past few days. I’ve always liked the idea of something more interactive, and now that quarantine has me actually using my Playstation and Xbox as a means of hanging out with my real-world friends and teammates, there’s no excuse to not be on a little more often.
My goal is to try to come on more days than not, generally around 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST, until we have items on the hockey schedule that would interfere with that. Typically, I’ll be playing NHL 20 EASHL with the other Beavurritos (my beer league team come digital team) as we try to climb up to Division 1 (we’re pretty good, but not great), but I’d like to get some versus and HUT games in with followers and friends, maybe mix in some other games as well. There’s some potential here, particularly if we can get a regular base in the chat room, and maybe it’s something that can be expanded into something bigger than just “Jeff plays video games” once we return to hockey normalcy.
You can follow me on Twitch by clicking this link. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can also use it to log in and give me a subscription that pays me a few dollars but doesn’t charge you anything (a rare benefit of Amazon owning Twitch), even if you don’t think you’ll regularly follow along with the videos.
Straight up: I’ve had an Instagram account for about a decade now and have never really had a clue of what I wanted to do with it. I’ve probably wasted a lot of opportunities there because of it – if I put as much energy into Instagram as I did Twitter I’d probably have a much bigger audience today.
Alas, the worries about being overwhelming to real-life friends who followed me, followed by worries about self-image during the height of the depression stretch were big barriers to doing much there. With that said – I cleaned up my main account this week. It’s a bit more presentable now, and I found out that most of the people I would be worried about annoying have already unfollowed me (oops).
I’d expect to post more about my life, and a lot more about hockey on there moving forward. I don’t want it to be the same as every other generic account, so I’ve still got some planning to do with regards to format, but I’d encourage you to follow all the same. Presently, I have doubts that the Faceoff Circle account will remain in use – unless I were to operate it full time like it’s own business, I don’t see any real value-add in having it up, and that’s not a priority for me right now.
I have a Facebook page. You can like it if you want, but I haven’t used it in over two years. Maybe that will change – I don’t really have plans for Facebook right now – but I will acknowledge right here, right now, that it is a website that exists, and maybe I’ll post an update again. Same goes for The Faceoff Circle’s page, which is decidedly more operational but will likely stick to, much like the Twitter, just posting new content.
Same kinda thing. I’ll probably accept your connection request. I don’t really do anything on here worth your time, but that could change – probably a little more likely so than Facebook.