Who do you try to be online?
Are you the same person with your friends and family?
Lately I’ve been noticing stark differences with people I know personally and how they present themselves online versus how they act in real life. It’s almost funny to me, because at this point I can see right through their social media posts. But, it also got me thinking about online vs. real life personas.
Social media is a valuable but frustrating tool. It allows us to showcase only the *best* parts of our lives, a snapshot truly, and nothing indicative of everyday life.
It can be disheartening, especially when an acquaintance shares a photo from her third trip abroad in the last six months and you’re sitting at the desk job you hate. I’m no stranger to comparisons, and oftentimes those photos elicit jealousy.
I think with the popularity of Instagram Stories and Snapchat, you can get a different view into bloggers lives as well. I’ve come across people who seem wonderful when reading their blog, only to watch their Snapchat or Instagram Story and be completely turned off by their personality.
Personally, I strive to be as “real” as possible when representing myself through my blog and social media channels. I share both the good and the bad things, because one of my goals is to be relatable; whether we’ve been friends for a decade or you stumbled across my blog online. This works for the brand I am cultivating, and may not work for everyone. Speaking strictly from blog experience, there are plenty of successful bloggers who don’t share personal details, but that isn’t me, and never will be.
There isn’t a specific lesson, or story related to this post. It is just something that has been in my mind lately, and I’m curious to hear what you think? Or if you’ve noticed it in your personal life as well?
Let me know in the comments below + as always, thanks for following along.
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