Do you ever feel overwhelmed by what “hat” you should wear when it comes to blogging/writing? Have you ever browsed other popular blogs and find that they all say similar things? Or that it seems like some blogs could have been written by the exact same person, except the color scheme or photos are different?
The more I read these popular blogs, the more I feel like I don’t want to copy what they do. No one thing defines me, and I feel pulled in different directions concerning what perspective I give when it comes to what I choose to blog about.
For instance, as a black female, I feel strongly about helping other black females, especially ones who are younger than I am. I want to help those who are less fortunate, and I wish I could do more. I want to shed light on what it means to be black in America, but at the same time, that topic has nothing to do with my blog.
As a Christian, I always am wondering whether I am bringing glory to God in everything I do. Am I adding light to this world?
As a millennial, I feel the need to eliminate any stereotypes other generations may have about my generation and prove them wrong.
And as a woman in general, I feel strongly about women’s rights and issues concerning women worldwide.
Anyway, I guess my point is that there is no one-dimensional me. Of course, my online presence only portrays what I want it to portray, but I don’t want readers to feel like I am not a real person. We’ve all seen those popular Instagram accounts with the pretty people, luxurious hotel rooms, and fashionable clothes. Just know that all of that glitz and glamour is only what the account holder wants to portray to you.
I don’t mean to be a debbie downer or to throw shade at any popular bloggers. I just want to remind myself that some things aren’t as they seem. I need to be realistic with my perceptions concerning other bloggers.
I’ve been reading so much about branding my blog and my online presence, and I have been tailoring my social media accounts to fit with what’s “on brand.” It can feel a little bit like I’m telling a story that doesn’t necessarily reflect my real life. I’ll have to learn to find balance and figure out what works best for me. I have to learn how to accept some advice but maybe not necessarily all advice from others. At the end of the day, this blog and my online presence is entirely up to me.
I’ve already discovered how quickly I’ve gotten hooked to checking my phone more often than normal. I will definitely need to take regular “unplug” days.
If you are a blogger, how do you find balance with your blog? What are your thoughts on how you portray yourself social media? Comment below and let’s discuss! I’d love to hear from you!