Honesty in blogging
In this day and age, bloggers are part of a reality show to a degree. They’re people of society who decide to put their thoughts and art out there by themselves. Whether they do it to earn money or solely for expression, they’re all in the same boat.
Honesty is something I value in bloggers and something I value in myself as a blogger. But then again, honesty can mean anything by definition in this boat.
For some, being an honest blogger means to be someone who lays their soul bare. Someone who tells you everything about their life in great detail.
For others, though, it might mean to be someone who doesn’t simply gloss over the shitty parts of their day and shows life as it is.
Sharing personal details
If you’ve been on this journey with me for a while, you’ve noticed me sharing a bit about my personal life here and there.
I’m not too proud about that time after I went through a break-up and people skipped my Instagram stories altogether.
Admittingly that’s not something I would usually do and it has been too much. But at that time, it was the only way I could express myself back then, because I didn’t talk to anyone else about it.
And I didn’t give a shit. And I didn’t want to gloss over the fact that I didn’t give a shit. Because it’d feel too much like I was pretending and being fake.
What you share is your choice
It’s not really what being an honest blogger means, because those who choose not to tell their audience every little thing, shouldn’t be labeled dishonest. Because they can be honest but only show what they want to show. That is their choice. It’s their platform after all.
There are a lot of things in my life that I share. But also a lot that I choose not to publicise. Some things I think are worth sharing because someone might relate, some things I’d rather keep private. It doesn’t make me or anyone else dishonest.
Not being transparent does not equal deception
I am very open with who I am. That doesn’t mean that others who aren’t as transparent are deceiving you. We all have different interpretations of what’s “alright” sharing and what’s “over-sharing”.
At the end of the day, in the blogosphere, we should all be free to do what we do best, even if that means to disagree.
When it comes to bloggers who go off on those free holidays and play around with the latest makeup releases, they might seem pretty shady at first glance. Perhaps you’d think they’re doing all that just to promote something to their following.
Personally, sometimes I also find myself being a little wary when it comes to those – it seems dodgy to the untrained eye and it’s just completely understandable.
Context, context, context
In that field, it just depends on who you interact with and choose to pay attention to. Or not. When you get to know a person through their blog, you can, I think, gain a vague understanding of what the person is about, what motivates them and what their intentions might be.
Context is so important so it’s important to keep that in mind before judging a blogger by their post. Say, someone gushes about how awesome a product is that you absolutely can’t stand – a different opinion from you on something doesn’t mean they’re dishonest as they might really like the product.It’s important to view everyone with a critical eye. I think in our boat, we’re getting quite good at figuring out who’s being honest or not. At the end of the day, you decide whom you trust. You trust whom you want to trust.
What’s your take on this?