Tattoo You...Digitally?

Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones (1981)

Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones (1981)

Seth Godin once posted "Building your backlist (and living with it forever)." A backlist, which was a new term to me, is how the publishing industry refers to things that have been in publication for sometime from an author. In the post, an analogy between an author's backlist and anything we post on the internet got me thinking.

We often spend time reminding people, our students in particular, to "think before you ink" because what you post on the internet leaves a "digital footprint" behind. With summer coming I thought about the footprint aspect and it dawned on me that footprints always wash away with the tide -- probably not the best analogy for our teaching. Rather, I think digital tattoo is more apt because why you can always surgically remove a tattoo the scares from your decision remain.

 

 

—You’re going to want people to pay attention to your backlist... in my case, the free videos, various ebooks and printed things I’ve done over the years. In your case, maybe it’s your blog, or the projects you’ve built or the reputation you’ve earned.
— Seth Godin