Last week I had the chance to sit down with a handful of my favorite bloggers and Brooke Walker, the host of Studio 5. We gathered at my house to discus a fun topic “Do we pretend online?” and trust me, we had a lot to say! What do you guys think? Do you think people pretend too much online? Are you real?
I think I’m pretty real on my blog and and on facebook, I share the good and the bad and feel better for keeping it real then trying to portray a “fake” or perfect persona.
To me the benefits of being real online always out weigh the pitfalls. It’s hard to get negative feed back when you put yourself out there and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of negative emails and comments. When I shared a simple post that I was going to a Lady Gaga concert I got dragged over the coals from readers who thought I was supporting a bad influence. When I complained about being pregnant AND having a 4 month long cold, I got comments suggesting I stop complaining because at least I could get pregnant! I could go on and on.
The flip side is all the good that’s come from being real online! It’s created a community of support. I’ve gotten advice from others when I admit I’m clueless and have been reminded that the world is indeed filled with amazing people who are happy to be your cheerleader when you need it.
Some of my most popular posts or facebook interactions have been when I am openly honest and real! I shared this photo on facebook of a behind the scenes look at my house during a photo shoot…
Even though my photo session produced beautiful shots it took a lot of work and mess to get there! When I posted the photo of my disaster of a kitchen I openly admitted that this is what real life over here can look like ! I’m no closer to perfection then the next mom or blogger! I just wanted to share the reality because I’ve heard all to often that we as woman are comparing our worst to each others bests when in reality by “best” only looks great in front of a lens. This photo and confession ignited laughs, high fives for being real and others openly admitting to having similar disaster zones.
So is it wrong to put your best out there? Do we lead on to perfection when our behind the scenes can look not so camera ready? This is an interesting topic isn’t it! My friends and I touch on this very topic. See what we had to say and chime in…Do you think we pretend too much online? Do you think there is room online to be professional and personal even if it means sharing the real sides of life? What do you guys think?
Watch the Studio 5 clip HERE! Sorry, it’s not letting me embed the video.