I think it's inevitable that the self people portray online is slightly different from the real life self. Not purposefully, but on blogs, YouTube and Instagram there isn't really room for awkward silences, shyness or chat about the amazing night you had in front of the TV (unless your Twitter feed is as exciting as mine is - lol).
I'm sure you've all read Vix Meldrew's post about bloggers online compared to real life, which I know sparked an unintentional amount of controversy and this is in no way a reaction/discussion about that post, but it really got me thinking about myself and what people would think of me if they met me in real life. Not that I assume anyone wants to meet me in real life, but I do occasionally go to blogging events and I guess it just made me wonder about how I come across on my blog and whether that's different to how I am in person.
Unfortunately I think the answer is kind of. In terms of my personality I think I come across pretty accurately and I don't really know how people could fake their personality online (says the trained actress - obviously there's a reason I didn't go into acting). However I think the personality that comes across on my blog is the one that comes out once you get to know me. So in terms of meeting people for the first time, I know I would be different. I'm quite shy, not particularly confident in initiating conversation and a little awkward. These are all traits that obviously don't come across in my writing (I guess this blog would be pretty scarce on the writing if that were the case), but are traits that would definitely be there if you met me.
It made me kind of sad to realise this because I do think that when you're shy it can be quite difficult to not come across as rude in real life or just as a massive disappointment. I don't know what the point of this post is apart from to admit to myself and to the people who read this blog that maybe I am a little different in real life, but only until you get to know me. I wouldn't be as confident or as chatty as I am on here and on Twitter to begin with, but I am that person underneath and if I ever meet any of you lovely people I hope you'd give me a chance to show that. My blog has been a great way for me to become more confident, but so far only online.
Are you different in real life?