Gwen Put Her Life in a Fishbowl
Her Own Words...
had set up her own dorm Webcam. When she contacted us, we asked
her to tell us why she does it.
Webcam has not been live for years, but she was one of the early college women on live webcam.
get asked a lot why I'm doing this. The fact is I've been fascinated
by the web for about six years now. I've had several different types
of pages, beginning with personal and expanding to topics of my
interest. I didn't just want to have a site that would sit there
and gather cobwebs, I wanted to be visited, and I wanted people
to know me. A webcam just became the next natural step. I don't
think my life is any more exciting than anyone elses, but I think
it's a world people want to look into. The dorm room of a college
co-ed. In the little over a month that I've had my webcam running,
I've met a lot of great people through email and my chat room. I
love when people contact me to tell me that they've enjoyed my site,
that's what makes it worthwhile to me. But I'm not satisfied yet,
my education in graphics and programming websites is just beginning.
a senior in college. I have a Bachelor's degree already in Biology,
but that didn't pan out the way I'd hoped, and so I've returned
to school to study Computer Science. I'm also a Resident Assistant
(RA), which puts an interesting spin on my webcam. Part of the idea
to start the cam also stemmed from a quote I heard when I received
the position, "An RA lives her/his life in a fishbowl". One of the
roles of an RA is as an administrator. I make sure that other students
are following the rules of the Residence Hall, as a result, everyone
has their eye on me and whether I am following the very thing I
am asking them to do. They know what I'm doing all the time. I don't
find following the rules a problem, so that doesn't really inconvenience
me, but I thought, what if I took this a step farther? One
of the things I have to be careful with the webcam involves my role
as a counselor. Residents can also come to me with problems or concerns
that they may have. From the beginning it was obvious to me that
at no point would any of these students be seen on cam when they
cam to me for help. So I really don't feel that the cam comprimises
the importance of confidentiality in my job.
I also protect my own
identity, as I feel everyone should online, even if they don't have
a webcam. I don't give out my real name or the name of my college
anywhere on my site. I love getting email, but I don't want a knock
at my door. Something that surprises me endlessly, is all of the
compliments I get online.
Many people tell me that I'm pretty on my site, but I've never really
thought of myself as exceptionally so. It's definately an ego booster.
I'll do just about anything, rated G that is, upon request in my
chat room. I've waved, written notes, and even done dance numbers
for my visitors. I hadn't realized what a ham I am! I think my visitors
would be surprised though, if they knew how shy I am around people
I don't know. Among friends, I can be very outgoing, and somehow
the cam takes me straight to that point. I think that's what makes
the web such a great stage for me.
I'd encourage anyone
that's interested in setting up a webcam to do so. I was very surprised
at how easy it was to get started. The software with my cam uploaded
the image for me automatically every 15 seconds, and all I had to
do was build the website. And there are a lot of sites out there
to help you out as well.
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