Friday, May 27, 2011

Is Your Blogging Persona You?


I have ideas of what people expect me to be like.

Because of my day job, I should be professional, serious, and industrious. Caring and selfless to the point of being part-Mother Theresa. Scientific but with a soft touch. Definitely the best red-tape cutter and paper-pusher you ever saw.

But online when I blog, I'm not that person. I express my love of reading and writing. I draw silly cartoons to go with my blog posts. I joke. I'm creative. I have writerly self-esteem issues.

I can't deny that my medical career is a huge part of who I am. But I'd also argue that on my blog, I'm more "me" than I am in the office.

To be honest? That's liberating.

And what's more, all of you who read my blog have embraced this part of me, and for that I'm in debt to you.

What about you? Is your online persona you? Or just a portion of your whole self?

Also, I'll be taking Monday off for Memorial Day. See you guys next Wednesday!

70 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

Like you, I have a different standard in my professional arena, but my blog feels more like home. I love my writer side, and the world of books.

Laura Pauling said...

Of course, you don't see the whole part of me. But I'm pretty much me on my blog. As much as you can be through posts!

Sarah said...

Just a part of me. I'm actually similar on my blog to how I am in person on the job. I mean, I don't talk to my clients about my issues with getting a revision done or my desire for a book deal, but I communicate in a similar way. Actually, I'm still exploring what my online persona really is. It's a process, I think.

strawberry Princess said...

in my net world I am really me. but outside I am not who I am. I am who i should be, I act what is expected of me. There is something about the real me that can be seen on my professional life as well but not as much when I am in front of my netbook and typing on my blog...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm more professional and reserved in the real world, but here I get to be casual. And I like casual days!

Artemis Grey said...

I'm almost totally 'me' online. The only part that is curbed is my cursing.

That's right, I'm a potty mouth. At least, away from the public, in private, I love to go all sailor-naughty with the adjectives.

It comes from working on a horse farm, in a job that is traditionally staffed by rough-talking men, who might meet barn visitors with genteel formality, but cuss tractors blue out in the back fields. And it comes with hanging out with soldier boys, who's easiest outlet is of the verbal sort.

Anyway, besides the not-hardly-any cussing (which, my mother teaches preschool, I was raised not to cuss, and I really don't do it in public, just out on the 600 acre farm) I'm totally me on my blog. Goofiness, clumsiness and all :)

KatieO said...

I think I'm the same me on my blog and in my life. Except when I dress up to go out with my husband. Then I try to be a different me, which lasts until the second cocktail ;-)

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm more me on the blog than I am in public. I'm actually quite shy and reserved in public. (Believe it or not.)

salarsenッ said...

It's awesome that you not only see the differences in yourself but embrace them. Still, even after just over a year of blogging, I hold back, am a bit tentative with certain things. I'm growing, though, finding out I'm even more of me than I thought. Make sense? lol

lbdiamond said...

Well, my blog personality is pretty much my work personality...er, and my personality in general, LOL! I'm more humorous with my co-workers and friends and such, and more professional and more educative (is that a word?) when I'm with my patients. I think the mix works well.

Old Kitty said...

I love your nutshell pic! LOL!! I think that's why I love blogging! I could be an exaggeration of myself or I could be someone else! I love that freedom!! But they are all me!!

Take care
x

Rachna Chhabria said...

What you see on my blog is ofcourse just a small part of me. I am definitely more fun loving in real life. But while blogging, I tend to get serious. That too is a huge side of me.

Emily Rose said...

There is a ton that I keep private, and I am way less shy on the internet (in my day to day life I am a total introvert), but I try to be as much of myself as I can.
Love the pic!

Rebecca Kiel said...

I think I am being me. Now I'm going to go back to my blog and see. Good question.

cherie said...

Good question. I think we all have different personas depending on the role we play: we can be mom/dad, daughter/son, sister/brother, friend, co-worker, writer, blogger, etc. But through all these different faces we put on, there's always a common thread that sews all those together. And that thread would be yourself as you. Your voice. Your brand. Your special something.

Suze said...

Wow, what an intriguing concept. Very nice that you feel this rather significant part of you is embraced and encouraged in the blogging community. I love the little cartoon you opened the post with.

As for my blog 'persona,' the idea kind of made me (metaphorically) scratch my head. I guess I'm the same everywhere.

Cold As Heaven said...

In my blog I can be 100% me. I'm an anonymous blogger to protect my freedom of speach. Then I can write whatever I want, without any concern for my politically correct professional appearance >:)

Cold As Heaven

Jennifer Walkup said...

Great question - I think it's def very me on my blog, twitter, etc. In real life, I'm only slightly more serious, but not always and not with everyone.:)

Chris Phillips said...

In real life I'm shy/quiet listen to npr all day and cry. So basically my blog persona.

L.G.Smith said...

People who meet me in real life think I'm very quiet and reserved. I'm better at writing than I am at verbally socializing, so I think I'm more me on the blog. ;)

Chris Phillips said...

Also, that is technically me "on" a nutshell.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I'm like Me 2.0 on my blog. I don't have the same professional requirements as you do, so I'm free to be myself on the job. But in real life I'm ten times more shy than I am online. When in real life I'd be afraid to make a joke or be sarcastic, I don't feel that same need online. So I guess Me 2.0 is me minus a lot of insecurities.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend!

Jennee said...

Whenever someone reads my blog from work, they are surprised that a) I blog b) I'm funny c) I write.

I don't know how this happens but I'm always tagged as the quiet girl with no thoughts. People label me and then never bother trying to get to know me...until they read my blog.

Linda Gray said...

Passion shows, right? Blogs are a fantastic place to let that happen with passion for writing, and you can't talk all day to your friends or coworkers or patients about your personal life passions unless you want their eyes to roll back into their heads. (especially for a doc that could be really really bad!)

Christine Murray said...

I think I'm more me on my blog than I am anywhere else, to be honest.

Candyland said...

I'm more open on the blog, in general, but I'm pretty much the same in person. Just quieter!

Heather said...

My blog persona is definitely who I am. Like Christine, it is actually one of the places I really get to be myself. :)

Olga said...

I'm absolutely being myself in my blog. However, professional life suggests more seriousness. Still, the same traits show through.

erica and christy said...

I think the basics of my personality are always there - I try to be kind, friendly, somewhat intelligent, etc. Most people in my "real world" don't know I write, though, so on our blog, I can express that side of me openly and honestly to people who understand what it's like to write. That's pretty liberating.
erica

Krispy said...

I love your cartoon today!

I get what you mean. I'm a little different given the setting, but I think I'm mostly "me" online. Definitely a more outgoing version of me though.

Dafeenah said...

I think it is "all" me but not "all" at once. I have so many different sides that make up who I am so depending on my mood and what's happening that part is what comes out on my blog at that particular moment.

Steph said...

I am def. myself, but I am not all of me. There are certain things that I wont write about, but that goes with the job thing...I have encouraged co-workers to read mine. Everyone has several personas, and the side of me that comes out when I'm with friends is drastically different from the work "me". The blogging me is somewhere in between. Good post, made me think!

bard said...

As others have said, it's me but only a part of me. My journal exists to allow me to express my creative, sensitive side -- a side I don't often reveal in "real life". It tends to be heavy with vulnerability and sensitivity. Because of this, somebody who doesn't know me might think that is all I am, but it isn't.

M Pax said...

I'm me - silly, goofy, geeky. I hope I'm sharing the best parts of me.

D. Heath said...

I have 2 blogs that express different sides of my personality. One is super serious, the other is more tongue in cheek and I'll be starting a beauty blog soon. In real life I show all of these different sides but not to the extreme as on my blog. Good question!

Erin Cole said...

I hope that my blog persona is me, because it is such a let down to learn of people who you have blogged with for over a year, and invested time with, are not who you thought they were, or maybe they were, and you just didn't see it.

The Internet hides so much, but like you, I find that it is more liberating, and allows one to be who they are.

Have a great Memorial Weekend, Lydia, and many thanks for the Mother's Day wish.

Donna said...

I am much thinner on my blog.

February Grace said...

Definitely it's me.

If people met me they'd find me to be just like I am when I blog- silly, opinionated, Jedi obsessed...and likely wearing pink Converse tennis shoes.

Saumya said...

So true. I think I'm still trying to be as "me" as possible while blogging but it's far more "me" than the medical student side, haha.

Saumya said...

P.S. I'm sure that all your traits in and out of the blogosphere make you a great doctor AND writer!

Holly Ruggiero said...

I think I'm me, a less sarcastic me though.

Munk said...

What you see on my blog is only a very select part of me, the most very, most specialist part. Just imagine the terror of meeting me in person.

Munk said...

Make that "special-est" not "ist". I'm not a specialist, I never said that and would deny ever saying it if asked... these are not the droids you are looking for...

catherinemjohnson said...

Love the nutshell pic. You are very natural at talking to people online, it shows you to be a very caring and interactive person.

It took me a while to get going, but I am very much me on the blog now that it's not all so scary. Whether or not that's professional who knows lol.

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Hmm, I'd say I'm pretty much a geek in whatever situation I'm in. It has a way of leaking out no matter how hard you try to repress it in certain circumstances, hehe.

Susan Fields said...

Since I'm a stay-at-home mom/writer, I'd say my blog is pretty much who I am. When I used to work out of the home as an engineer, though, I presented a different persona.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Karen Lange said...

Very good question! And one I need to think about. I think I am "me" on my blog, but now you have me wondering...

Have a great weekend!

Medeia Sharif said...

I feel like I can be more fun than I really am on Blogger and Tumblr. Still, my online persona is only a portion of my whole self. I have a dark side that I don't want to reveal.

I tagged you on my blog. :)

Carol Riggs said...

How delightful you can really be YOU (a different, more free you) on your blog! We appreciate sharing that side of you. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I really think so. I have a somewhat serious book laced with humor and a little dark humor. Some Austin Powers comedy too. That's how I am in real life too. Toss in a bottle of vino and I don't know what I'll sat next.

Jennifer Hillier said...

I think my blog is a pretty good reflection of me, only with less profanity and a cleaner sense of humor.

notesfromnadir said...

You always seem so knowledgeable & it's evident that you have a wonderful sense of humor.

Have a great Memorial Day!

Jai Joshi said...

If my online persona was any more me I'd be spilling every uncomfortable secret I know. So yeah, it's me. Definitely me.

Jai

Rek said...

My real world persona is shy and reserved and diplomatic; and except for close family members, no one knows I write poetry or fiction(unpublished)...the blog world lets me share my thoughts and I can let out the brash, impulsive, witty(I'd like to think so) side of me out. I enjoy the interaction not possible otherwise.

Meredith said...

I'm mostly me online. Though in real life, I tend to be quieter--not shy, really, just quiet. Until I get to know you, and then you can't get me to shut up. :)

Beth said...

My blogging persona is part of me, but only a part. In "real life" I'm pretty quiet, and I'd almost always rather listen than talk. On my blog I talk a lot about myself, and that's something I never do in person! It's fun showing this other side of who I am.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

My blog persona is me. Since I've retired, I no longer have to be the professional banker. Now I can be me and that is who shows up on my blog.

LTM said...

yay! And you're so funny and creative and quirky! Hooray for quirky doctors. :D

I think that's the best part about blogging as compared to other social media. You really are showing parts of yourself that would otherwise be between you and yourself. ;p

Yep, my blog is me. But perhaps not all of me. I don't whine on my blog--LOL!!! And everyone says, "Thank you!" <3

Have a great holiday~

Jayne said...

Oh yes, I totally get those writerly self-esteem issues! But no need to worry, we love your writerly-self. I think blogs bring out the best in us. It's where we express our innermost feelings, and experiment with our writing.
My blog is definitely me. It wasn't always. When I started it a year ago, I wasn't sure what I expected. But I've found now, that it's become me!

Liza said...

I think I'm the most me on my blog...

Nas Dean said...

No, I most definitely am not my blogger self! On my posts I'm so outgoing and jokey persona, yet in real life, I'm a shy introverted person who's head is always in books!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

What you see on my blog is pretty much what you get in real life. Maybe more so. :D

K.M. Weiland said...

Hmm, interesting question. I think the answer is yes, my online persona is me - except perhaps without the bossy, grouchy parts. ;) I make an effort to be upbeat and cheerful online, even when I may not be feeling that way in real life.

Trisha said...

Ohhh yeah - I'm myself on my blog. I love it :)

Jonene Ficklin said...

Hm. Great question. As an artist, I think people expect either a quiet, deep-thinker or an outrageously eccentric free spirit, and I'm not confessing which I'm closer to. But being a writer - especially blogging - is truly liberating, because I really am myself. In the first few years of writing, I found what came out to be liberating and therapeutic - and a little scary. Now, it's just plain fun.

K.V. Briar said...

Interesting question. Maybe it's because I'm so new to blogging, but I don't feel like my real personality comes across when I blog . . . at least not entirely. I'd like it to though. Something to work on :)

Michelle Teacress said...

Yes, I'm more "me" online. It's less intimidating to interact with others through writing. I feel far more awkward and shy in person. I have to push myself out of my shell. :)

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I definitely feel like I'm more "me" on my blog than in my professional life. When online, I'm more free to be myself. I'm glad we get to see the real you on your blog :)

Samantha Vérant said...

Oh God, if my blogging persona was the whole me, I'd scare people away! To know me is to love me???

Sommer Leigh said...

Yes and no. I am always acutely aware of how different I am than the people I spend most of my day with at work. While my coworkers have kids and grandkids and play bunco and shop at trendy and expensive department stores, I read and watch sci-fi movies and play video games until 2am on a work night. I keep most of who I am packaged up and quiet around a lot of the people I am with in real life, while on my blog I can be whoever I really am without worry of getting odd looks and questions like, "Aren't you a little old to be collecting Legos?"

 
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