TGGC #53: The power of self-awareness & creating online boundaries with Emma Gannon.

Emma Gannon is an author, blogger, and marketer, and she recently released her first book Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online with Ebury Publishing.

Emma was one of the first bloggers I started following when I decided to move to London. I love her charming but no-nonsense take on life and her adventures in this city are always exciting to read about. I'm thrilled to say that you can look forward to hearing from her in an upcoming episode of the podcast!

When Emma announced that she was publishing a book, I knew it would be just as fun and thought-provoking as everything else she does. In Ctrl Alt Delete Emma chronicles how she grew up, and ultimately built a career, online - complete with cybersex, catfishing, and many an MSN convo. The book is fun and lighthearted in places, but also deep and philosophical in others as she grapples with such topics as bullying and feminism. There's a whole lot of nostalgia too, for all of us who fumbled our way through growing up in those early days of the Internet.

In this episode we talk about the power of self-awareness for designing a life you love, setting online boundaries, creating a work/life balance that works for you, and finding inspiration.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why structure and routine isn't always the best thing for creative entrepreneurs and how we can go through seasons of routine and seasons without routine
  • Finding the work routine that suits your personality and preferences 
  • The balance between being honest online and being discerning consumers of content, realizing that people don't owe us a complete picture of their lives
  • Choosing the boundaries we set online and the damage that can be done by trying to hold ourselves to impossible standards
  • Emma's writing process and the process of publishing her book
  • Breaking through writer's block
  • Finding inspiration by taking a break
  • The best writing advice that Emma's received
  • The benefits of growing up online - because it's not all doom and gloom
  • How the internet allows us to "choose ourselves" and create what we want to create 
  • Getting out of a funk
  • The problem with seeing as guru and what happens when we outgrow our heroes
  • Replacing the idea of "work/life balance" with the idea of blending
  • What's helped Emma distance herself from the negative feedback she's received online

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