Friday, May 4, 2012
So once again am bouncing off something Petra wrote over at Indivisualism.
Her post on authenticity, bloggers and consumerism brought back to surface my own feelings about this blogging business stuff.
I have always felt I am not "easy" enough to be a have a wide readership. On the one hand, this is not a big problem as I am not looking into making a career of it, but then again it would be nice knowing I reach a wide audience with my illustrations. But, even though I agree with Petra that a lot of lifestyle blogs have become just reviews of different products (advertising and product placement has taken over blogs like cancer), I still enjoy reading some of them. I enjoy the personality of the writer, I enjoy the choices they make and yes I enjoy the escapism. But here is where authenticity comes into play: some people are just like that. Some people are just THAT light and breezy and love their shoes and their cute dog and buy beautiful vintage armchairs. But me... I have been "accused" of thinking too much way to many times to even give it a go. I tried it a few times, I tried staying light and fun, but ran out of things to care about pretty early on. So if I did it, my in-authenticity would be obvious very soon. I would be unhappy and I would not bring any escapist joy to anyone.
On the question of perfect lives some bloggers seem to live that Petra also raises, I am not sure of my opinion: for one everyone has right to fake and glamorize their own lives as we have a right to look at. But then, for a medium whose core is personal contact and "truthfulness", to be inauthentic is a sin. It is to lie with bad intentions ! When you fake a life to make it pretty so other people would start believing your truths, which you learned form TV and magazines and which have never made you happy, is to perpetuate a truly corrupt system. I personally wouldn't want to have that on my conscience.