They say that we wear different masks during our lifetime. Not only do our “faces” change during different phases of our lives, we also project different personas to different ppl. We can be one person to our parents, and another to our siblings, another to our friends, and another to the ppl at work.
To the list I’d like to add: the blogging face.
The face that we as bloggers project to our readers is just like any other faces that we project: it changes during the course of time and also according to our moods. Then again, we could put up a different face completely, obscuring the true self.
But the gist of it is that a blog is merely one of many faces that we choose to present to the world. Catch us at one point in time and you will see one thing, and at another point in time you will see something different. To a newcomer, the differences in personas may be jarring but if you have known the person for a long time, or if you have been reading their blog for a while it might make perfect sense.
My blog is my conversation with the world. Lately I have been blogging a bit about being single, the lack of sex, and the situations that arise out of my condition. Ppl who jumped into the conversation late may form an impression that I’m totally desperate and clueless about love and relationships.
Similarly, Blinkymummy was recently interviewed on Singapore TV. The interviewers, based on their shallow research into Blinkymummy the blogger formed a conclusion that she’s a foul-mouthed girl who swears for the heck of it. If she does it online then she must do it in person too, right?! And expectedly, they asked her to swear on TV. Hahah! Fuck! Now that is stupid.
Without context, swearing is nothing, it has no impact. What was the point? Ever watched a foul-mouthed comedian and laughed? Of course you have. Ever listen to just the swear words and laughed? No? Exactly.
You can know a lot about a person from his or her blog. But don’t expect the person to be the exactly the same in the flesh, and vice-versa. A blog is merely a piece woven into the complete person. But like in the flesh, the blogging face changes over time. Don’t expect to know the person behind the blog if you have only read one month’s worth of entries.