This quote from Erich Fromm makes me speculate that one of the main attractions of blogging is that we can drop the defensive posturing of our pseudo-selves and think, feel, and say what is truly ours. Of course, I am sure there are those among us who have constructed pseudo-selves to present in their blog (whether they are aware of it or not), but I find most bloggers I have met here use the medium as a venue for authentic expression.
There are as many reasons for blogging as there are bloggers, so perhaps there are many degrees of authenticity here too. I try to be as authentic as possible with what I do post. However, I do not post about many things that matter to me because I made the error of allowing my identity to be known, and of telling some friends and family about the blog. As mentionned in a previous post, I am also concerned about revealing things that could distract any clients (who accidentally find this blog) from their work with me.
Do you find this to be a medium where you can think, feel and say what is truly yours? Or, do you find (for whatever reason) that you share only reflections and shadows of your authentic self? We must all do this to a degree, for our ego is always trying to put its best foot (image) forward. It is natural that we want to paint ourselves in the best possible light ... However, I often ask myself how much of what is truly mine/me I allow myself to share here.
I can be quite forthright, flippant, quirky and candid at times. This does not come over well on a blog because you cannot hear the tone of my voice, my giggle or see the twinkle in my eye. Posts where I have allowed these qualities to appear end up sounding almost hostile. So because of the medium and its limitations I hold back on exhibiting this quirky side of myself. That does not mean that what I do post is inauthentic, however.
Perhaps I have sorted out my own question here - we reveal facets of our multi-faceted selves and are probably as authentic as we can be with what we do reveal. What's your take on this?