Homo Sum: I am a human being (Latin)
Writing a blog can be an exhausting process as much as an exciting process. We as humans are very conscious about ourselves. We are constantly evaluating ourselves with respect to our surroundings and circumstances. It is a natural response. When standing in the subway we catch a glimpse of our reflection in the window, we can’t help but adjust ourselves: our hair, scarf, or posture. There is a reason our Facebook profiles look the way they do. We are constantly weeding out the unflattering and out-of-place, and replacing them with posts, pictures, status updates that we think portray us accurately.
Us blogger and writers can suffer from this look-at-me syndrome too. However, it is important for a blogger to show her audience a complete array of thoughts. I do not have thoughts about peace, love, minimalism, and mindfulness all day long. It is important to stick to the theme of your work, but it is also okay to question that same theme constantly. It is crucial to test the beliefs you are spreading in your part of the world against your ever-improving reality. It is also okay to fail to prove that your way is the right way. And if you do fail, talk about it on the blog or wherever you present yourself to your audience. Tell them how spectacularly your failed, how you learned from it and also how ugly it was.
Give your readers a reason to see you as a human being and not just another blog. Often we get so caught up in creating a brand that we forget that the best and most lucrative brand out there is you! Make yourself human, show your vulnerabilities when you run out of strengths to boast about. Create a mutually-critical relationship where even your audience can have a chance to correct you.
When standing to take a group picture we don’t borrow somebody’s nose because we don’t like ours. We don’t send our hotter looking friend on a date because we are having a fat-month. Similarly, do not send someone else to portray as the real you. Show up on your blog with the good, bad and the ugly. More importantly, show up. Your audience will love and appreciate you for that.
Note: If you are coming from revolution.is, thanks for finding my little fishing pond. Welcome to Fishing Buddha and I am looking forward to getting to know you and connect ideas. In the meantime, this could be a good starting point to get to know me: Start Here.