Authenticity in Blogging

• 28 June 2010

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Evo 10--a fantastic blogging conference for women--thanks to a generous sponsor (Avery). During the closing keynote address, two fantastic women shared their thoughts on authenticity and I have to say they hit the nail right on the head. As a result, I found myself madly trying to write down every word that escaped their lips. Karen from Chookooloonks made me laugh and Brené Brown, made me think. Together, they articulated so well, many of my own thoughts on the subject of blogging. Brené said:

"Authenticity is the courage to be imperfect, set boundaries, and be vulnerable".

"Practicing authenticity when we are struggling is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives".

When Karen began blogging, she decided up front what her boundaries would be. She decided she wasn't going to blog about tantrums or fights with her husband, but rather the positive elements in her life. It didn't mean she was leading a more charmed life than others, just that she kept certain things private. She learned she could still be authentic without exposing all of her dirty laundry. And since I feel the same way about my own blog, these words resonated with me instantly. If you have any thoughts of your own on the matter, I'd love to hear them...:)

One last quote from Brené:

"We are not our best selves when we are afraid we are not enough".

Such a lovely reminder, isn't it? To focus on what you are, and not what you aren't? Anyway, I hope you all have a great start to your week and thank you, as always, for all of your support. Happy Monday to you!

image via Marie Claire Ideés (I had to use a "tea cup" image as Karen loves, loves, loves a good cup o' tea)


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