Some bloggers thought it would be really eye-opening to start a series called “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You.” I think it was conceived with the best of intentions but has instead spiraled into a attention-whoring, self-administered questionnaire.
Anyway, the Things I’m Afraid To Tell You stuff started after “a flood of bloggers raised their virtual hands to say that ‘Yes, they too were concerned / frustrated / flummoxed about the vast cavern between true reality and the presentation of ‘reality’ on blogs.’”
First of all: WHERE HAVE YOU ALL BEEN? We’ve been covering this shit for YEARS. You are just now deciding to show concern for bloggers being not exactly forthcoming about their carefully crafted personas?!
To combat all the virtual hand raising, bloggers are revealing intimate, embarrassing, afraid-to-tell-you details about their lives. For example, one blogger admits, “I’m surprisingly non-crafty. I don’t have the patience or attention to detail, which is why designing and styling is more up my alley.” Another poor soul says, “I have fallen out of love with running. This is perhaps the hardest thing to reveal.” And most horrifying? “I’ve acquired a little Irish accent.”
In response to all of these painful admissions, Jessica Quirk expressed admiration on her Facebook page for the collective bravery in these bloggers admitting that they aren’t crafty/athletic/accent-free.
I am so amazingly inspired by reading through the “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” series[...] In short – wave your freak flag and share your flawed and amazing self with the world. We owe it to each other! And thank you again for so many of you who echoed this thinking in a question I posed on Tuesday. I’m working up the courage to share my list (because God knows I’d rather not be trashed online once I do), but I’ll get there!! In the meantime, please check out these links! They might make YOUR day too!!
“Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” is an interesting concept and more bloggers should admit when or if they’ve purposefully altered a reader’s perception of their life or lifestyle. I’d read honest posts like that all day long. But when most of the participants are doing it for pageviews/attention/linkbacks and admitting things like ZOMG I DON’T LIKE RUNNING, it becomes a vanity exercise, pure and simple. There’s nothing brave about wanting attention.