Authenticity. Oh no, not “that” word!
Is the social web You the real You?
Do you think you’re an online phony? A rebel without a cause?
Maybe you reveal too much? Or you’re a mouse with your filter set on high?
Ponder that for a moment.
Is the online You – your writing, those cheerful tweets, that smiling avatar, the genuine article? … (You, alone with your thoughts, weeping while no one is looking, cooking hot enchiladas and singing “Gangnam Style” at the top of your lungs?)
Of course not. God knows, we should only reveal so much online, right?
I often tout about letting your Swag fly free for all the world to see. It’s not a very serious thing to say, because I’m having fun with the language, BUT I am damn serious about the message.
And part of that message is about freeing yourself.
The other is letting all of us see at least 28.7% of the real you.
Whether online or off, you’re never going to bare all. That is unless you’ve just swallowed a goblet of Sodium Pentothal, couldn’t stop at three pints, or was born into the Kardashian family.
But guess what? That’s okay. (Not revealing everything, that is).
There are certain things we don’t want to know, but letting your readers peek into your world, just a wee bit, isn’t the most terrible thing ever, really.
We’re never 100% authentic online. No shit, Sherlock.
We’re never 100% authentic in real life either.
Maybe we are only One-Hundred-Percent real when we’re alone by ourselves. Heck, I don’t know, but I do believe you shouldn’t hold back so much when you write. That’s all.
You don’t need to become a dirty, old potty mouth or try to play the role of Wizard-Guru who suddenly knows all things social media. No, of course not. Don’t pretend, just have a little bit of fun with it.
Many writers who bring me back to their writing, time and time again, possess something akin to blog goo.
Their blogs are super-sticky, in a good way.
People that weave a great tale; bring forth brilliant business advice; give you that morning get-up-and-go; but also insert just enough of their quirky selves into the content to make it engaging.
That’s the goo and you’ve got it, in spades.
We’re not cyborgs (at least not yet).
And that is all today’s post is about:
Not being a self-regulating robot when it comes to your daily practice of writing.
The next time you sit down to craft your next post, why not dial down the internal filters, just a little?
That’s really my message in a nutshell: Let more than a flyspeck of that inner-You out.
What’s the worst (insert blog tragedy) that could happen?
The best? Your creativity could explode and writing might soon be fun again. A writing, pulse grenade of euphoria.
What are your thoughts on this? I would love to know.