Pressible is meant to be an easy-to-use publishing platform, but building your professional identity is another benefit that makes Pressible special.
Your Pressible site can be a portfolio as well as a place to interact with people about similar ideas. Your Pressible site can say what you can’t summarize in a resume, cover letter, or application. With a simple link on your cover letter or included in your contact information, you can easily introduce yourself in a deeper way than with most written forms. It can be a place for people to get a deeper understanding of your professional attitudes and perspectives. Most of all, it can show people that you are a thoughtful and active participate in current events and theories surrounding your profession.
This is the benefit of small “p” publishing, while it’s not on the same level as getting published – as in, having your work published in traditional journal – it can demonstrate your interest and proficiencies in issues pertaining to your field of study. Pressible is different than a traditional WordPress or Blogger blog, not just in its function, but in that it associates you with other thinkers in the field of education. Ideally, the Pressible network enhances your content with a distinctive authority.
Building Your Identity in Pressible
In much the same way that a traditional published work benefits from identifying its author(s), you cannot benefit from the expression of your ideas in the Pressible network if you do not identify yourself. Besides including an author’s name on a post page, each post’s URL includes its author’s username in the URL. Using your real name – both in your username and as the displayed name – builds your reputation both in the Pressible Network, and beyond (this information helps search engines rank content).
But even more important that the technical reasons for building your identity in Pressible, we hope you do it because it makes the network more personal. Each time you author a new post, you are creating an opportunity for others to connect with you. Currently, the most convenient method for doing so is for a reader to leave a comment. But an even more personal (and more private) method for contacting a Pressible author is to use the “Contact” feature (located in your site’s top navigation) which sends an email to the Site Owner. We hope you encourage your readers to do so. In fact, the Pressible team is currently creating a way for you to better feature links to your other social networks (Facebook, Twitter) across your site. Coming soon!
As we all know, privacy and the Internet do not always go hand-in-hand. This can be a frightening prospect considering the enthusiasm with which we may have originally filled out our Facebook Profiles. But in the same way your dorm phone number worked against you (hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time), you can allow your online presence to work FOR you. We hope you’ll decide to put yourself into your work on Pressible.