There’s something to be said about the seemingly “perfect” world blogging can create in the eye of a reader. The combination of careful curation and positive posts can make anyone’s life seem almost too good to be true. Now, I’m not saying that this is a bad thing or that we all need to get a little more negative – not at all. I simply believe that it’s important to realize that there is no such thing as 100% perfection. While your readers may love beautifully put together outfits or tasty meal highlights, most would also like to know that you’re human. And relatable. And that maybe you wear sweats and eat mac n’ cheese sometimes ( me! ).
Personally, like most, I choose to share mostly positive things here, simply because I want my blog to be an inspiring + uplifting place. I do, however, like to be truthful. Whether I’m asking for advice about stress or sharing hard truths about being a freelancer, it’s important for me to show you my life in an honest way. As a result, people have felt more comfortable to email me for advice or thank me for being candid, which is exactly what I’m going for around these parts.
Again, blogging is generally a positive thing and I don’t see anything wrong with that. Bloggers, I encourage you to be real. Post what you love, authentically. Readers, I encourage you to read along for enjoyment over comparison. There is no way all of us are put together effortlessly in J.Crew inspired outfits eating at top notch restaurants everyday. It’s just not real life. IFB wrote an interesting post on this subject with anonymous quotes from bloggers on what they’re NOT sharing. Definitely a good read!