The longer I blog the more I realize, in a way, this blog is a book.
Not so much that I yammer in book-length posts (which I do)—–but in that we have our own language.
Chickenbus (for those of you who have been around a while).
That sort of stuff.
It’s the same reason why I cant just cut & paste posts for my gig at Yahoo! Shine.
In stand alone posts methinks I come off like a crazy person. When read with the backdrop of all this chickenbus (wink) I like to think that I do not.
It was with that in mind that this comment:
OK I have to ask as Im a new reader.
What is the unapologetically myself thing?
made me realize I might have some ‘splaining to do for new readers. It’s all actually pretty simple:
People often asked me what the philosophy was behind MizFit.
They want to know why I do what I do & what overarching message I’m trying to impart.
Initially this question stumped me.
I knew what my mission statement was, but a “message” eluded me.
Until it didn’t.
I realized what I wish for my readers is no different than what I desire for myself & for my daughter:
To embrace and love whom you already are.
To be wholly comfortable in your own skin.
To realize that, by virtue of BEING, you are enough.
To be unapologetically yourselves.
**awkward segue back to last week and the BlogHer Conference**
I say kindasorta because Im not sure all the quotes are attributed to the proper people, but you will at least be able to get a sense of what we talked about.
I know for me the session was only a fraction of the conversation & that much of the dialogue took place as I bumped into bloggers over the course of the weekend.
I know for me the session was on the the beginning of the conversation as I was left with the question of what, if any, responsibility do we bear when blogging?
If one’s blog is created as an outlet to bitch, moan & vent about life in general (and health/fitness/weightloss etc being part of that) should we feel compelled to watch the negative self talk?
Or should readers simply know that it’s OUR PLACE and what we say about OURSELVES is ok?
Is it the readers responsibility not to take anything we write about ‘personally’ or carry away any self-loathing we may share with them?
Or should we be aware, every time we hit PUBLISH, that there are, indeed, impressionable readers out there to whom we may be serving as role models (whether we asked for this position or not)?
And, as role models, should we censor what we say about our selves & our feelings?
I have to admit Im torn.
Im a firm believer in blogging as a pivotal tool for healing & healthy living.
In my opinion it’s a step up from journaling as it allows one to receive both feedback and encouragement.
From that position I dont think that censorship is necessarily a good thing at all as it would either encourage less blogging or more ‘pretending’ that everything is ok.
Yet I do admit that Im torn.
It makes me sad to read negative self talk on people’s blogs (though I entirely respect the fact that’s how they feel on a given day) & I wonder, at times, about the young & impressionable (hell, the old & impressionable) & what messages they may take away from certain posts.
Please to refer back to the beginning and cross-reference under yammering.
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