My single greatest takeaway from Echo Conference was Rhett Smith’s breakout on “Not Losing Yourself in Social Media.”
About six months ago I left my old blog (PinkHairedGirl.net) behind to focus solely on Dirty Girls Ministries. But I kept “pinkhairedgirl” on Twitter because it is a name that people knew and I didn’t want to lose that draw. Even at the conference people seemed to know me first as “PinkHairedGirl” before they really knew my name.
The problem with that is I am not PinkHairedGirl. But I had become lost in her. My identity was being found in how others perceived me. I would even purposefully make sure my hair was pink if I was going to meet someone from online. Would I be cool enough or edgy enough or relevant enough with brown hair?
As if that really even mattered.
For 8 years in sexual addiction I pretended to be somebody I wasn’t. And then I immediately became “PinkHairedGirl” after that. And even as I’ve grown up and tried to just be myself (the reality is I haven’t had pink hair in about 2 years), I so desperately wanted to remain “known” that I kept the familiar moniker.
But I am not a moniker.
I am Crystal Renaud.
I am director of Dirty Girls Ministries.
I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a mess.
And most importantly I am a child of God. I don’t have to be someone else in order to be known… because God knows my name.
The Creator of the Universe knows my name.
And you can’t get more famous than that.
“Now we see but a poor reﬂection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12
I’ve been asked why “@pinkhairedgirl” is now “@crystalrenaud” on Twitter. I hope this post serves as that explanation. We’re also closing “@dirtygirlsmin” to help consolidate our online presence. The truth is it is easier to move 500 people than it is to move 1500. So for all DGM updates please follow “@crystalrenaud” on Twitter and we’ll keep you up to date.