Putting it all out there

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I had dinner last night with an old friend/sorority sister/advice giver/fellow blogger (Hi Tiff!) and a topic came up that really spoke to me, authenticity in the blogging world. I’ve touched on it a few times before but not seriously. There are so many bloggers out there who write about the fluff. The pretty, positive, good things in their life. They have perfectly posed photographs with perfectly straight hair (can someone share their frizz control secrets?!), and it just doesn’t seem like they’re real. 

Tiffany just started blogging and has already inspired more people than I could even count. She’s an incredible writer and she puts her heart and soul into everything she publishes. She isn’t afraid to reach out and connect with her readers on a deeper level than what she’s “currently lusting over”. I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished already. 

But I’m afraid of that. I’m afraid to put myself out there (ridiculous since I have a blog), but more times than not I’d rather just photo dump and show you the fun things I’m doing in Baltimore without any context whatsoever. I’ve gotten really lazy with my blog. Not only is it bumming me out, but I’m not being authentic. 

I am very lucky. I have a new job that I love, incredible friends and a very supportive family. I’m living in a city that inspires me every single day and I’m making it on my own. But sometimes I get lonely, sometimes people hurt me and sometimes I’m too hard on myself. I don’t share those stories for fear that you, the person on the other side of the screen, will roll your eyes and wonder why I’m wasting the time to type it all out. 

My problems are insignificant to the ones people in this city are facing. I have my health, I have a roof over my head and I have a network of people ready and willing to catch me should I fall. 

Sometimes it’s just nice to know that someone out there is offering an outstretched hand and ear to listen. 

 

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