Friday, June 10, 2005

A Note on Blog Integrity

Citizens of WilkeWorld,

Hear ye, hear ye....

Every so often I have a poignant question to ask of other bloggers and diarists and today is one of those days. Does your blog reflect the real you?

I ask this because I read so many great blogs and I wonder if the people behind the blogs are the people I read about or is there some creative license with your blog identity. Is Michele really the hip, sassy, trendsetter we all seem to think she is or is she some beer swilling trucker hiding in the basement of a Canadian Quonset hut? I think I know the answer to that question, but anonymity allows us a modicum of freedom. How true are you to your blog?

I think I have been true to my real persona here in WilkeWorld. My wife looks at my blog entries with the same disdain as she does me in real life, so I think I'm pretty honest here. I take a little creative license every once in a while, but I hope that I'm about 97% fact and only about 13% fiction (FYI, I always give 110%).

Your thoughts????

29 Comments:

Blogger janie q said...

lol, mine is all me, every last boring detail! i don't like the template i'm using and i hope over time, to change it to reflect me a little more. i do love my display pic, that's the chair that sits outside my front door, it's actually very me.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Sami said...

My blog is 100% me. I don't get too personal on there, but its completely honest and written as though I was speaking it (at least that's what a friend told me -"it's like talking to you"). And I guess in a way I do picture myself actually talking to my friends when I write (it keeps me from talking to myself as I work in an office all alone).

1:48 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

No, my blog doesn't reflect the real me. It merely reflects my interest in the Internet and pop-culture. I don't make my personal life public (which is consistent with my offline persona) However, I would if I could do it with your wit and humour.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous janey said...

Ditto here, mine's all me. For me it's a place to show and share my drawings and connect with other artists. And I hope Michele is everything we believe she is. And thank you for your comment on my blog.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

LOL Do you think I would fake this boring life I lead? I am jsut getting started with my blog and so far it's real with a trist of boring.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Tamara said...

hrm...i think i am pretty true to myself, with just a tad of artistic license in order to make the joke. Besides, no one would ever PRETEND to live the life i do.

Trust me. If I were to make it up, it would be interesting.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous brianna said...

I'm still fairly new to blogging, but I think that it reflects who I am. It's almost more of a journal that I let strangers read than anything else.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Wendopolis said...

*snore* It's all me. In all its exciting glory.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Yep! Mine is what it is and all of it is me, myself, & I, right down to the songs I'm singin' :) Granny always said "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember your lies", lol!

8:12 PM  
Blogger Thumper said...

I am who I am, whether blogging or not. Though it's easier for me to say things on my blog, since I'm kinda shy IRL.

Here via Michele's tonight :)

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

He He.

I can honestly say that my blog reflects the real me.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

My blog is 100% me. I think this if funny though because yesterday Hubby said that he liked my 'fake' conversation on my blog. Fake? That was a real conversation!!! Hmmm, wonder what the means?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I'm 90% open on my blog; I don't put everything on there, especially if it would humiliate one of my family members. I never lie, except by omission.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

yes, I am open on my blog - you get the real me, warts and all!

10:43 PM  
Anonymous MissMeliss said...

I exaggerate for effect, at times, but the essence of my blog is the essence of me, if that makes sense.

It's not a journal. It's not particularly deep or private. And I think one must assume that most bloggers are the heroes of their own stories (which is fine, really).

11:29 PM  
Blogger vegemiterules said...

G'day K Jones,

Great question, people who know me in real life that simetimes read my blog, all say the same thing to me, what you see as "vegemiterules" is exactly as I am in real life.

I write as I speak, I try to inject some humour and not be too boring.

It is my way of getting to know different people from all around the world, sort of like "pen pals".

I have had the pleasure again of visiting via Michele's M&G

12:05 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

Okay, Okay, already. You caught me. I am really, and closed-minded, near-sighted, Democrat, anti-mormon, single-woman from Idaho. I am simply trying to infultrate the Utah Mormon culture....

Nah. What you read (at my blog), is pretty much what you get. A loud-mouthed, know-it-all, who tries to be funny, but really ends up boring people.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

You sometimes make entries on your blog, and I wonder, "Who is the person, I don't even know him." At those times I must be in the 13th % of the time you are not your real self.....Lets talk about the tongue thing, don't you even talk about that it may be genetics....How do you think of all these blogs?

5:02 AM  
Blogger kmsqrd said...

My blog is all me. A louder, brasher version of who I am in real life but that's only because I have control issues. :)

6:44 AM  
Anonymous john cowart said...

Although the world of the computer blog is fairly new to me, blogging comes natural because I have kept a private daily journal for close to 30 years and my blog is mostly a public extention of that.

While I hold some things private, I'm a simple guy with no secrets.

To avoid being a gossip, I shield identities whenever I mention anyone whose path crosses mine.

The blog/journal records my own joys, temptations, and failures along with tiny, simple triumphs that satisfy me. "I saw a loggerhead shrike today".

I do try to be honest but at the same time I deliberately look for the humor in life. I poke fun at my own faith or lack of it, but never at anyone else's.... Hell, I've forgotten what the question was!!!

Anyhow, over the years, all too many of my journal entries simply read, "Another wasted day in a wasted life"! What's to lie about?

2:08 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

My blog is only half of the real me. There are two halves of me, with very different friends, aquaintances, etc. and my blog is for the less conservative half. The other half of me is a former minister who fully believed everything I said and taught. But see...there's this other side...! :)

8:48 PM  
Blogger Valderbar said...

No, just the interesting bits I say are me. The rest are my collegue sneaking in to lower my standards. ;-)

7:27 AM  
Blogger Valderbar said...

And it's a tiny percent of my time. Not terribly representative but what I think others will find most interesting.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Me, me, me . . .except a little funnier. I hope.

Lately though I'll admit that I've been feeling more constrained by the readership. I know that people that I volunteer with, that my husband works with, and that are related to me are all reading it. So now, I've been feeling more inhibited. What I do post is ME, but there's a lot that I don't, but that I'd like to. I'm tempted to close Fighting Inertia and start a new blog where no one knows my identity.

4:46 PM  
Blogger texasblu said...

Yep - mine is all of boring me. :)

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