I’ve been thinking about this topic for sometime and was so happy when I read this on the Academy’s blog over the weekend. It’s so true, we all do it, we present our best selves to the world online. I particularly see this in the parenting blogging world which leads to a horrible competitiveness.
" Who can be the most creative? Who have the most readers? Who has the most interaction? Is it because they are prettier? Is it because they have the better life? Is it because their kid has cuter clothes? Is it cause they are skinnier?….oh it’s cause they just have the perfect life… right?"
The crazy thing is this NO, none of us are perfect and none of us look EXACTLY like the photos we pick and choose to put up for the world to see because we know those are the ones we think we look the best in. NONE of us are naive enough to not have the thought of how we’re being presented to the world cross our mind every single time we blog. If we all didn’t like the attention, the community, the “public” side of blogging we’d all be keeping journals instead. I’ll be the first to admit I LOVE TALKING ABOUT MYSELF, MY FAMILY, AND MY LIFE ONLINE and know what else? I know my words are being read by complete strangers and that is exciting to me. I like to be liked.
Sure it’s fun to drink the cool-aid, I love reading some people’s blogs and falling into their world thinking how perfect it all must be and letting it inspire myself to be better at this or that, more fun with the kid, and most of the time more positive in general. But it’s a fine line we all need to be careful to not cross, being inspired is so different than comparing ourselves to others.
So I think this graphic hits it right on the nose, Love who you are, no matter what. And if I can add to it…don’t give a fuck what other blogs are up to, or what other’s lives are like, be the you that make YOU the most happy and for gods sake keep those carefully chosen photos coming. Who wants to see a half awake, snot covered mom photos (aka us the OTHER 95% of the time) anyway right?