Daring to be vulnerable is brave

Ctrl Alt Delete: How I grew up online by Emma Gannon

Admittedly, I feel like I’m a little late to the party here, but I HAVE to talk about this book. Ctrl Alt Delete is written by Emma Gannon, a fellow blogger, speaker and podcast host. It

I wanted to talk about a few key points from this book that I enjoyed. Let’s get into it.

I found this book #relatable. Emma recounts various memories of online experiences she’s had on the web, as a teenager and young adult. I had the internet in my house from around the age of 10 and have fond memories of sitting there waiting for dial up and my AOL account to load. Having the internet back then was super cool. I remember having an AOL kids browser that was brightly coloured and had loads of links to chat rooms, music and videos. Oh, how it’s changed! The book gave me a healthy dose of nostalgia and really made me think how strange it is that children right now have never not known the internet. That’s so weird!

Friendships come up within the book, and I found this particularly interesting, especially at the moment. I’m 21. I’m being propelled into proper adulthood, and am amazed at how much stress is thrown at friendships. I thought it would get easier, but I’m starting to see it only gets more challenging. Emma talks about the friendship pyramid. This is the idea that you have different levels of friends, you have a smaller group who are closest to you, then a slightly bigger group of friends, and then an even bigger group of acquaintances. I love this and am pretty sure we all have our very own friendship pyramids.

A quote that really stuck in my mind which Emma uses in the book was “Your twenties is like a friendship massacre”. Like wow, okay, let me strap in for this friendship rollercoaster that’s about to hit!

Throughout the book, I also really enjoyed snippets from Emma’s early career. What pathways she took, ups and downs within the industry, and how social media has steadily worked its way into being a huge part of everyday life. When I was still at school, I wanted to be a computer games designer. Hey, maybe one day that will happen, but I also I had no idea that I would become an expert in social media. Back then the platforms either didn’t exist or were only just starting to pick up speed. I really enjoyed reading about how Emma experienced the transition from more traditional media to the modern kind we know and love today, and hearing her tales of how she fell into getting an internet job. Again with the #relatable.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book, especially if you’re just starting your career, and need some inspiration from a pro. Also, if you grew up with the internet, definitely give this a read for a healthy dose of nostalgia. But I mean obvs, the title should have given this one away!

Want to be inspired? Want to improve? Want to push yourself? Read this book. Immerse yourself in it, take notes, enjoy it, and pay attention.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see what I’m currently reading (and be a stalker and see what I’ve read in the past) you can check out my GoodReads account. I update it regularly.

Much love

"Daring to be vulnerable is brave. Daring to speak up about the unspeakable is a powerful thing" - Emma Gannon