I have used this picture as a representation of myself for nearly five years now. Maybe representation is the operative word here, because the truth is I’m not outdoorsy, my hair is brown even though it looks black, and I wish my skin actually looked it does in this picture.
But would we call this photo inaccurate, not real? Can the snap of a shutter, in freezing one moment of time, misrepresent its subject?
I wonder if our blogs are like that too: snatches of time portraying us in one kind of way, and I wonder how I’ve stewarded that.
Sometimes I see my blog as the words I can’t say in person. Not necessarily that I’m not allowed to, but that sometimes it’s too hard for this introvert to bring herself to say certain things in public, or that I don’t have a forum for those words the way I do here. I’m a writer, firstly, so it’s more natural to communicate on my blog than it is in speaking.
Like with any creative endeavor, there will be pieces of myself sprinkled all throughout my words. And like any human, I am a tangled mess of contradictions. So the real me is the online me, not always fully dynamic or fully fleshed out, but the same nonetheless.
Do you feel like you represent yourself accurately online? What do you consider to be an authentic portrayal?