Today, I watched with interest the Twitter chats about #anvil and #digped. Two weeks ago, I attended a digital humanities reading group at Northeastern. And last week I was accepted as a HASTAC Scholar. But I was lost for a large portion of the Twitter chats, and I didn't understand the article for the reading group at all before we discussed it. So now I'm feeling like a fraud; graduate-school impostor syndrome has metamorphosed into digital-humanities impostor syndrome.
When I voiced this concern on Twitter during the #digped chat, I received some good advice that I thought I might pass along to anyone else who's feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland, falling down a hole where everything is "curioser and curioser!": "Fake it until you make it!" (@rogerwhitson)
And that's what I intend to do (hence this post). It's still a little hard to imagine myself having a great impact on the Twittersphere (since I have fewer than 20 followers), but Twitter isn't the only place to have a online presence. I just found a great blog post, not new to the blogosphere but new to me, that may help anyone who is floundering to find an identity in the great pool of digital humanities:
The author, Lisa Spiro, is the director of NITLE and Anvil (the one of the Twitter chat I followed today). I find her article quite comprehensive and highly useful if you're just starting out.
Do you feel like a HASTAC impostor? What do you do to combat those feelings?
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