My Orange Coat of Internet Opinions

Marie's Orange Coat

Waiting for the T in my orange coat

A few years ago, I would probably rather have died than wear an orange coat.


Because people would see me.

This is, obviously, both hyperbolic and absurd.

Of course I wouldn’t have turned down the orange coat if a big plate of death was sitting over in column B.

Still, I probably wouldn’t have accepted a free, puffy orange coat from a friend moving to warmer climes if it had been proffered just a few years ago.

And of course, people can see me regardless of what I wear. So it’s more than that.

In my orange coat, people can see me:

  • Being different
  • Being “loud”
  • Being a bit ridiculous

And also being pretty comfortable with all of that, because it’s a great coat and I love it.

When I thought about the reasons I wouldn’t have been comfortable in it a few years ago, I realized they were the same reasons I wasn’t always comfortable writing and sharing my opinions online: because people would see me.

There are, to be sure, some good reasons to keep your opinions to yourself, but by and large, the repercussions of having opinions on the internet have been largely positive for me.

This may sound silly to those who have never been hesitant to speak up before, but if it resonates with you, I’d encourage you to find your own orange coat of Internet Opinions, embrace the opportunity to stand out from the crowd a bit, and get comfortable.

I hope good things will come.

On a somewhat related note, two things I’ve been meaning to share for a while:

  • A guest post I wrote for The Pastry Box Project earlier this year on @Horse_ebooks, the NSA, and the Internet we thought we knew
  • An HBR piece that describes the work we do at GHDonline and the Global Health Delivery Project
  • Eugene Wright

    your coat is just fine! :)

  • Alicia C. Staley

    Excellent! Keep sharing!!!