Today's question comes from Katie!
I love how you're so honest in your blog. It's something I struggle with, so I just end up posting loads of pictures, and not saying much at all for fear of being judged harshly. Do you ever worry about being judged or are you fairly anonymous?
I've always been particularly sensitive to criticism in all areas of my life, whether it be my writing, how I do my job, or how I talk to other people. The slightest negative word can have me in tears or questioning myself or wanting to curl into a ball to stop the racing thoughts.
I am indeed extremely honest about what I go through on a daily basis on my blog. I am a very open person, both in real life and here, and I am pretty willing to talk about just about everything because I want my blog to be an accurate reflection of who I am. I won't lie that I grow tired of blogs that never show any flaws or negativity, because above all I like meeting people and people are not perfect or always positive. I think my honesty gives my blog extra depth and makes it--hopefully--that much more interesting to read. My readers can correct me on that if they so wish. :)
As you said, Katie, this opens me up to criticism because I am more vulnerable. But along with being vulnerable, I am also more genuine. I think it is because of this that my experience on my blog has been anything but negative. If anything, my posts about anxiety, depression, and finding my own self-worth get more views and more in-depth comments than my every-day-happenings type posts. In fact, I don't think I have received a single negative comment on any of my more "vulnerable" posts. And indeed, writing honest posts about PTSD or anxiety or depression help to make this blog a joy and a release rather than one more way to hide my true self behind false positivity. I don't want it to ever become a chore in that way.
I think that above all, people want to read and they want to relate. We all want to know that what we feel is normal and that others are experiencing what we may be. If I receive any negativity down the line, I'm sure it will hurt and I'm sure I will question myself. But at the end of the day, I will be happier that I put myself out there than if I had hidden who I am and what I think.
Do you find it easy to be yourself on your blog?