Writing by Bob Doto

My former alter ego

Between 2012–2014 I took on an alter ego in order to write about commercial yoga culture. Somewhat different than other alter egos, mine was not a single person, but a community. I essentially became more than one person. Here's what I learned during my tenure as "more than":

Most importantly, those two years gave me skills I took into my "real" self-identified expression. I now know that so much of what I am online is an alter ego, whether I want it to be or not. I am connected to my audience, but by choice. I have autonomy. We are in relationship, not in *a* relationship. Their opinion can be both important to me, but not decisive of who I think I am or need to protect. I can create everything I created behind the anonymous veil with a veil that has my face painted on it.

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