Video: My online reputation management panel

Online Reputation Management panel at NEPA BlogCon 2013 Photo: Karla Porter
Online Reputation Management panel at NEPA BlogCon 2013
Photo: Karla Porter

Video of the NEPA BlogCon 2013 online reputation management panel discussion I participated in is now available!

I was invited to appear on a panel discussion at NEPA BlogCon 2013 — a Northeastern Pennsylvania conference held at Luzerne County Community College concerning blogging, social media, and technology –about online reputation management. The video was recently released and is now available for the general public.

Appearing alongside Megan Beste (Director of Marketing and Special Projects at Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.) and Lissette Santana (Social Media Manager for PPL Electric), I answered questions from panel moderator Jonathon Knepper (Internet Marketing & Community Consultant) and audience members.

As someone who has received a tremendous amount of criticism and hatred — mainly from Christians and online feminists — I have a good deal of insight into online reputation management. While I may have erred in the past, responding to vitriol impulsively, I believe I have improved – having more patience, staying away from some drama, not taking things so personally, and focusing on ‘positives’ rather than ‘negatives.’ Hopefully readers agree.

Here is a sample of explored topics:

Why is online reputation management important?
What is a troll?
Should people respond to negative criticism and/or trolling? If so, how?
What are some ways you can build a positive image online?
How can one, if they can, proactively prevent trolling?
How can people monitor what is being said about them online?

I extend thanks to co-panelists Megan Beste and Lissette Santana; moderator Johnathon Knepper; NEPA BlogCon attendees including those who asked questions in this session; and ‘Fearsome Foursome’ conference organizers Karla Porter, Michelle Davies, Mandy Boyle, and Leslie Stewart.

I look forward to attending NEPA BlogCon 2014 and would be honored to present once again at what is becoming, or already is, a great annual tradition!


Video description:

One tweet, one status update, or one post can make or break your online reputation. In this session, this panel of professionals will present advice for bloggers, businesses, internet personalities, and users of social media on building trust and a strong online reputation, including covering topics like handling positive and negative feedback, managing your internet image, and how to respond to criticism through various approaches. Attendees will leave the session with realistic and positive approaches to building a positive online reputation.

As always, feel free to comment and share. If you are commenting on specific points in the video, please indicate a timestamp. Please comment here because I may not notice YouTube comments.

What are your thoughts on online reputation management?

I value feedback from readers. Consider attending NEPA BlogCon 2014. I hope to see you there!

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.