On Twitter a few weeks ago, I saw one of the regular blogger chats was discussing the “Online Persona -vs- Real Persona” debate. I was a bit busy so didn’t have time to join it, but it got the old cogs in my head turning and got me thinking.
I don’t – the online me is exactly the same as the offline me. When I first started my blog I vowed it would always be written completely honestly and with total transparency; I would never try to be something I’m not.
I was brought up that not only is lying a bad thing, but it also makes life more difficult for you than it has to be, as you have to remember all the lies you tell so that later on down the line you don’t mess up and let the truth slip.
Even as a young child, I saw that being honest was not only the morally right option, but also the one that took less work. Less effort = good.
I like to think (and I really hope) that readers of my blog and those that follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube know that I am 100% genuine and always myself. I’ve written about some pretty life-changing and personal things on my blog and I document my sadness and bad moods as much as I do my good moods and happiness; I hope that shows my honesty. I don’t try to sugar coat my life – I’m always honest, even if it means I have to have a moan.
I’ll admit, I’ve come across a few people in my time as a blogger that I’ve felt don’t seem genuine, but, unless I meet them at a bloggers event I probably won’t ever meet them in person, and, if that person has designed an online persona, then I imagine they would carry it through and use it for every aspect of their blogging life. However, I could be totally wrong and that might really be their personality – as I said, I’ll never know.
As I see my blog as an extension of myself, I find it odd to think that somebody would have a separate identity for their online life. For starters, it must be so hard to write a blog piece using a ‘voice’ that isn’t genuinely your own, and I’d forever be worrying that perhaps people liked the alternative version of me rather than the real me! Also, as I said at the beginning of this post, I think it would be hard work keeping two personalities going – it sounds exhausting!
I write my blog because I love it. Some people play sports for a hobby, I write. That’s just the person I am and I’ve always been the same. It’s an outlet for me, a way of relaxing and it gives me a real sense of achievement when I click the ‘Publish’ button my screen. I didn’t start my blog in order to make money, I started it for the enjoyment and satisfaction it gives me. (Although, don’t get me wrong, it would be GREAT to be able to earn money from writing – that would be my ultimate dream).
I have to say, in my experience so far, the bloggers I speak to online and the ones I’ve met ‘in real life’ all seem genuine, which is great.
I like to think that the blogging community is, for the most part, a very honest one. I may be wrong and I may be viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses, but, if I am, I quite like it this way and I think I’ll leave them on.