Being a blogger definitely has its weirdness here and there, so when Sudo asked me to try out their app and write a post about my online adventures, I couldn't help but think immediately of phone calls.
When I used to work in an office, I loved having a phone to quickly call my colleagues with a quick question or to give them an update on a project--you didn't have to write an email and wonder if they got it yet or not. What I really loved, though, was getting up and walking to their desk--it was a great way to not spend the whole day sitting, and then you got some face-to-face interaction, which I certainly don't get now working for myself and form home.
When it comes to work now, I really only correspond with people through email, which is pretty nice, but there are times when I wish I could pick up the phone. It is super rare for me to ever hear a reader's voice, which is kind of strange if you think about it. Of course, I'll be in conference calls about collaborations and other sponsorships from time to time, but the truth is that even at its most professional, being a blogger means that a lot of the time you're talking to strangers--so I'm probably never going to have my cell phone number listed in my email signature.
One of my favorite podcasts is Awesome Etiquette and they recently got a voicemail, which they were so excited about because listeners could call in and leave them messages. I've been thinking about that so much! I love hearing from all of you via email and sometimes I think it would be so awesome to hear some of your voices. It's so funny--we'll give out our email addresses but our phone numbers feel off limits, don't they?
Enter Sudo: a really cool mobile app that allows you to put a layer between yourself and the online world. It automatically generates safe, secure, and private personas, complete with email addresses, phone numbers, password managers, and a secure browser that doesn't track your online behaviors. Now you (and I!) can be empowered to take the web head-on.
I created an account and got to choose a phone number (with a North Carolina area code! I've never had one of those) that allows me to both make and receive calls without having to use my cell phone. I also have my own email address and can send texts as well. They're working to add functionality for single-use credit cards, which I think would be amazing because my credit card number has been stolen more times than I can count, and it's always such a hassle.
This post is brought to you in partnership with Sudo. As always, I can't thank you enough for your support as I continue to work with sponsors.