It feels like a lifetime ago I sat on this panel** (I blew-off missed BlogHer this year. If you went & blogged about it please link your posts in the comments!).
During the session, panel members & the audience chatted about blogs, bloggers, readers & responsibility.
I clearly recall being 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 (with health/fitness/weight-loss etc being a facet of that) should we feel compelled to watch the negative self talk?
Or should readers be responsible for recognizing it’s our place & our blog and what we say about OURSELVES is OK?
Is it the readers’ responsibility not to take anything we write about ‘personally’/carry away after clicking away any self-loathing thoughts we may have shared on a given day?
Must we keep in mind, every time we hit PUBLISH, that there may be impressionable readers in the blogworld to whom we might be serving as role models (whether we asked for this position or not)?
And, as role models, should we censor what we say about ourselves/our feelings in an effort not to spread the malaise?
I have to admit I was torn.
Im a firm believer in blogging as a pivotal tool for healing & healthy living.
In my opinion it’s a step forward from journaling as it allows one to receive both supportive feedback and encouragement.
The former sometimes not being what we want to hear—-but what we need at the time & what will help us grow.
And the latter? Invaluable.
I can not count the times an email or comment has turned around my mood or my day.
From that position I dont believe self-censorship is a good thing as it would either encourage less blogging or more ‘pretending’ everything is ok.
Blogging with an eye to the reader the way I kept my diary when I was younger (what will they think of me? I need to convey Ive got it all!going!on! & nothing phases me!) & not from the heart.
Lately this notion has been brought to mind again for a few reasons.
There’s been an explosion of self-love thanks to the release of the Operation Beautiful book yet, at the same time, I’ve noticed a ‘splosion of Im less than chatter on the ‘net as well.
It’s all brought me back to questioning, as I did that day on the Blogs & Body Image panel, are bloggers role models?
It makes me sad to read negative self talk/fat talk on blogs (though I respect it’s how the blogger felt on a given day) & I wonder, at times, about the young & impressionable (hell, the old & impressionable) & what messages they take away from certain posts.
Are we obligated to blog/reread/EDIT before we publish and cleanse our posts of negative musings in case our thoughts might be “triggering” to a nameless faceless reader.
Or, may we freely write about loathing a certain aspect of self, without giving a thought to our readers as it’s our blog & their choice to skip a post which may hit too close to the proverbial home?
Are bloggers, by virtue of the fact we choose to step up & publicly share what’s rattling around in our collective craniums, role models?
If you’ve swung by my ‘net of the net more than once (or even just taken a glance at my tagline) Im sure you can guess my stance on all this.
I’m Honesty McGee. Lucy Lametsalot.
If I feel it—I share it.
And, while I attempt to convey my feelings in a clear, concise this is all about me, Sister! Dont even think Im alluding to anything about you! fashion, I know–by virtue of my in-box–there have been times my blog muzings have been misunderstood.
As I once had written on a tee-shirt by way of reminding others Im a poster child for nothing.
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What do YOU think: are bloggers role models?
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**This link is to a transcript of the session. a very loose transcription.