I’ve written about it on this blog more than a few times. As social media and blogging grow deeper and wider, the issue continues to show up in spirited discussions.
Who are you?
How “real” should you be? How much of yourself should you reveal? How much is too much?
Ask anyone who is a faithful reader of a popular blog why they go back to that blog over and over and you’ll hear reasons like good content (a must), easy to maneuver, and the author has a fun or unique personality.
The blogger has drawn the reader in with their “realness.” They share stories of the their lives, their distinctive experiences and take you on the journey that they are on. You get a glimpse of life through their eyes.
The connection is created!
Facts and figures are nice. Tips and tricks are helpful, but let’s face it. You can find most of that with a good Google search if you’re clever.
It’s the authentic passion that brings you back. You connect with their realness and can relate to their life experiences and their way of presenting the material.
If you only share “parts” of yourself, are you being authentic?
This very question was posed on my Facebook wall yesterday and it prompted a nice little discussion. Words like “transparency,” “fear of judgment,” and “vulnerability” were tossed around.
How much realness is enough and how much is too much?
One of the commenters on Facebook was Marty Boneidol and he thought the topic was provoking enough to write a blog post about it. You can find his awesome take on the subject here: What Does It Mean To Be Authentic?
Before you head off to read his post, I would love for you to leave your thoughts on the matter in my comment section. Let me know how much of yourself you think is appropriate to share, and why!