I read a great blog post about being authentic. It wasn’t from a blogger I follow, and have no idea where it was from, which sucks because I’d love to link to it so EVERYONE can read it.
One of the most challenging things as a blogger is that we are usually sharing our lives with you. That means we have to work hard to write in an engaging style, share who we are, but not sound phony. Me? I’m pretty much exactly the same on my blog as I am in real life.
That’s not true.
I’m the same in real life if you need a sarcastic comment to get you through a tough time. The rest of it? I don’t share nearly as much with people who know what I look like as I do with all of you. I work hard to be honest, but I also started blogging to work through my thoughts and feelings being a newlywed with a deployed husband. So, where I might not be so forthcoming in real life, I am very much so uncensored here because it’s why I started blogging to begin with.
But it does make things interesting, as many people assume my unabashed, uncensored, snarky asshole self is some kind of persona I don when writing. That’s part of why I started the “Shit I Say in Real Life” series. People should know that this is pretty much what you get.
As I was looking through some pictures on my iPad today, I found what just might be the best picture of me of all time. It was taken in a theater (a real one, not a movie theater) with my editor and close friend. (Yes, I have an editor, I can’t spell for shit, and sometimes even spell check can’t guess what I mean, but she can!)
We met up and went to see a comedian live and, for whatever reason that compels me to do any of the crazy stuff I do, I felt we should wear these awesome pimp hats and crazy glasses. We walked an unknown number of blocks to the theater, pimp hats on display. They did make us take them off before the show which is sad, but it was one of the many times that I was… Exactly what you see on this blog in real life.
I am who I am. I am an extroverted introvert (it’s a real thing, look it up). I am a tad ridiculous, have a complete lack of shame in most situations, and I have friends who either go with it, or that I never hear from again after.
This particular night included drinking, pimp hats, crazy glasses, and, at some point, a ride in a shopping cart, though I’m not 100% sure on where or how that was, because I’m pretty sure we were indoors in an office…
But in the event anyone ever tells you that bloggers are full of crap, that we are all persona with no authentic voice, you can say that you know at least one who is pretty much herself, flaws and all.