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In the meantime, it was a call to arms for me to protect my online identity and author persona, so I joined as many social media sites as possible before the fake me could try to be the real me.
I also decided to try out Brand Yourself, a less-expensive option for online reputation management. To help pull attention away from the false website, Brand Yourself will promote links that I provide to them to help boost my search engine results, essentially (and hopefully) burying the problematic website. They've also generated a handy-dandy new online profile that gathers all my online social media together in one spot.
Now that I'm on...uh...TEN (!) social media sites (and will likely join more), another thing occurred to me: the more people who find me on the web, the more I have to do to ensure that I'm promoting positivity, professionalism, and all-around awesomeness. Which means I have to put forth much more effort into this website and all of my other online profiles.
Thinking about all of this makes me a little crazy, but I hope my decision to spread my presence further around the web will pay off,
As always, I'll keep you posted with website and social media news! Thanks, all!