Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my Twitter username or ID, the thing that everyone knows you by on Twitter, because I want it to be more representative of who I am. For a long time my username was EyeZao, it had a very special meaning to me but I’m really the only one that knew what it meant. After I launched Geek Therapy I thought it was a good idea to associate myself more with the brand so I changed it to @GeekTherapist. It worked for me. At the time I identified with being a therapist more than anything else and I had just received my license so it felt really good to take on that name. But I’m more than a therapist. In fact, I like to consider myself lots of different things.
So that online persona, who I am on Twitter, felt incomplete. I am extremely proud of Geek Therapy and love to see it continue to grow but even Geek Therapy is not about therapy in just the clinical sense. I often feel that Geek Therapy has a branding problem, and I feel I have the same problem. I am a therapist but I’m not just a therapist.
I want people to associate my name with being a therapist, a teacher, an engineer, a comics writer, a blogger, a culture/identity expert, a language expert, gamer, and more. I want to be able to talk about my different expertises with a broader group of people and I mostly talk to different people online so I wanted to start identifying myself as more than a therapist.
This is the story of why I changed my Twitter name to @GeekPolymath. To be honest, I will probably eventually change my Twitter ID to just be name but there are surprisingly a lot of Josué Cardonas on Twitter so I haven’t found a way to write it that hasn’t been taken. I still feel that “Geek” sums up a huge part of my identity more than any other cultural group so I’m keeping that one. The “polymath” comes from it being the perfect word to describe how I feel and it allows room for growth. As I keep learning new things and expanding into new areas, the term still applies and in a way it also explains why I’m always doing new things.
I liked debating the distinction between a polymath (expert in many things) and a generalist (having a general knowledge about many things) because I feel I’ve crossed from being a generalist to being a polymath. When and how it happened, I’m not sure and although some people would probably argue over the semantics, I’m going to go with what I currently feel most comfortable with.