Why did I do this? Well, two years ago, I became obsessed with tweeting random funny thoughts and ideas. It was fun building up a small but vocal group of friends and strangers through Twitter, but I eventually burned out on it. So I deleted my tweets (although you can never REALLY delete your tweets), and forgot about Twitter for 24 months.
Now, though, I want to use Twitter to announce information about me as an author. And that idea got me thinking about the social aspects of self-publishing. Twitter will be just one of the methods I use to get information out to the masses. I've also begun designing a (very basic) website, and I'm going to create a Facebook fan page too. All of these elements will work together, along with this blog, to form my digital identity as an author. I believe creating your own digital identity is important, because if you don't do it, someone else will. And since I prefer to be in control of who I am on the internet, I'm going to do all of this myself. Sure, it's an extra bit of effort on my part, but if it helps me establish an identity that I can control and shape as I grow as an author, then it will all be worth it.