In real life, I am:
• opinionated when I have an opinion,
• indifferent when I don’t have one,
• a cautious debater,either way;
• a realist,
• and also a dreamer;
• prone to wear my emotions on my sleeve;
• a color–coding organizer extraordinaire;
• independent at my core,
• but also comfortable being dependent on someone else (i.e. I can be a bit lazy… oops);
• confident in who I am now,
• while still figuring out who I want to be.
In real life I am absolutely not a happy–go–lucky, smiley, cheering, everything’s–always–perfect kind of person. (Particularly in the morning, when I just want quiet and space to myself). When asked how I am, my usual answers are “I’m fine/good/ok” because that’s the truth. Particularly in the morning. If the truth is that I am great, I’ll say it.
In real life I am an habitual anti–liar. The innocent white lies people tell all the time, like “I’m doing great” when I want to say “I feel like shit”… I can’t say things like that. It just doesn’t come naturally. If I am trying to tell a lie, you’ll most likely be able to tell. In real life I don’t like confrontation but I like passive aggressiveness even less.
My question is, does who I am online match?
If I’m struggling with an injury or illness, I usually write about it. When I have amazing runs, I write about it. When I’m looking for motivation, I post about it. When I’ve been out-of-town and haven’t eaten well, I write that, and when I’ve had a fantastic week, I tell it.
What I write about on this blog or tweet out is the truth, or near to it. As bloggers, we all strive to be honest and real. We try to keep our online lives true to real life…. but that doesn’t mean online life is a full representation of real life.
I don’t write in-depth about my family, advocacy, human rights, politics or faith – all things I’m passionate about. I don’t write a ton about my non–fitness hobbies, like sewing, furniture restoration, crafting, etc. This is primarily a health blog and I make an effort to keep it focused. (Though I did make some fun jewelry the other night that I want to post. Stay tuned.)
I think just as I am still figuring out who I am in real life, I am also figuring that out online. I hope that who I represent online reflects this growth. I don’t really have any other dramatic overarching point to make here, this is more just musings. I’d love to know your thoughts, as a blogger or as a reader!
If you’re a blogger, how varied are blog life themes from real life themes?
How do you decide what goes public online and what stays in real life?