Presented with a blank page and an opportunity to say anything I like about myself and what happens? I go completely blank! What can I possibly say that will make me sound interesting? I could lie of course, but that seems a little pointless really.

But then again, people have always taken the opportunity to embellish themselves and their achievements. Who hasn’t embroidered the truth a little here and there when meeting new people or starting a new job? It is something a lot of people do and generally speaking it does no harm, unless of course the embellishment is actually an out and out lie; then we have a problem.

It is easy to create a whole new persona for yourself when you are online. You can almost be any anyone you want to be, and who is to know any different. It is very unlikely you will ever actually come face to face with your online “friends” and “followers” so what harm can it do?

Well, that depends on why you need to lie and what you hope to achieve. In my case, there seems little point in trying to be something I am so clearly not. So, what am I then?

Well, I am a 54 year old married man with one daughter in her twenties. I work in IT but try to gloss over that point if I can. I spend far too much of my time trying to make digital devices do things they were never designed to do for people who won’t listen! There is a whole blog on that issue brewing up inside me so I will leave that particular rant for another day.

My interest are music, reading, theatre, writing and photography. I think I am at my best when being creative, it is certainly when I am at my happiest. I love history, but have a terrible memory for names and dates, so don’t go asking me any questions.

By the way, the photograph at the top of this page is one I took recently of the marine Way bridge over the Marine Lake in Southport. One of the things I try to do with my photography is look for unusual shapes or angles, and I particularly liked the way this shot came out. It is not going to win me any awards or followers, but I like it.

If anyone is interested, my Flickr page is: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidproffitt/

To see what else I get up to, visit my main website at davidproffitt.co.uk