My fear of being authentic on this blog died a long time ago.
After some trial and error, making choices about what I would and not write about and being cautious in general, I’m as authentic as I can be in this space, though:
- I don’t write about my work life;
- I limit what I share about my family; and
- I wait and breathe before writing about current events that get deep under my skin, if I write about them at all (though recent currents events make my fingertips itch.
But I was thinking…
Can a writer truly be authentic if they have to place limits on what they say?
Then, I came across the answer in this TinyBuddha article:
“Authenticity doesn’t have to mean complete transparency, but it does mean acknowledging what you really think and feel. Very rarely does a person think and feel only things that align with a polished online persona.”
Well, I’m not interested in having “a polished online persona”, at least, not at this point in time.
I’ll just continue striving for “authenticity” by sharing the times when my inner voice escapes my lips, I suffer from episodes of midnight madness or when I invite you to take a seat with me at the family dinner table.
For you writers and bloggers, how authentic do you feel you can be online?
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