Wednesday, July 09, 2008

are you like your blog?

i know we've touched on this topic before, but with blogher literally RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, i figured it was a good time to talk about it again.

you see, there are probably plenty of blogs that you read and absolutely love. and when you go to meet the person who writes said blog, you're super excited and assume they'll be just as awesome as their blog is. right? well sometimes they're not. i dare to say that maybe even a lot of times, they're not. the reality is, some people just write really, really well. some people are far more funny on their blog than they could ever be in person. some people aren't shy at all when it comes to typing online, but in person, they're the ones standing there silently.

what i'm saying isn't meant to be mean. and i'm not implying that it's even a bad thing. it's just the truth. and i kind of want you to be prepared for it as we come into blogher. people are going to be shy. they're going to be nervous. they're going to be afraid to come up and ask you what blog you write, or who you are. and other people are going to have expectations. expectations that you live up to the awesomeness of the blog you write.

for me? i'm way more fun in real life than i could ever convey on this blog. i'm not a writer. not trying to sell a book. not trying to write circles around the next blogger. i'm just me. i write the way i speak. if you know me and you read this blog, you can probably HEAR me saying all of this right now. you know that this is the way i'd say something in a conversation with you (except probably with more giggles and high pitched squeels). i normally get the "you're just like you seem" reaction from people when i meet them for the first time. or the "you're so much more awesome in real life than you are in fake internet land and how come you can't write as awesome as you truly are because then you'd be so much more entertaining and fun and well.. awesome!" okay, so no one has really said that one to me before.

so listen, even if you're not like your blog- i can bet you tons of cash that you're still likeable. and that people will still like you. and if anything, it will just give them a further understanding of your blog and the why's and how's of you writing it. and more than likely, they'll enjoy your blog even MORE after meeting you.

it's all pretty interesting actually if you truly think about it. so tell me, are you like your blog?

15 comments:

Daddy Dan said...

I think I'm much funnier and outgoing than I am on my blog (or in this post).

MelissaMM said...

Jenn, you definitely write the way you speak. I can totally "hear" you when I read your blog.

That's what makes me near tears from laughing so hard sometimes because I can totally picture you doing and saying the things you write about. I get the full Jenn effect

Ali said...

i'd like to think that i'm pretty much the same...just way smaller. hahaha. most people who meet me are shocked at how wee i am!

Becky said...

you are way more fun in real life than how you are on here...i crack up reading this but i DO hear your voice saying it which makes it even funnier! i think i'm a lot like my blog..probably not funnier in real life though LOL

IzzyMom said...

Jennster is boring and not at all fun. You don't want to meet her.

(Okay, I'm lying — but only because I'm so totally sad I won't be seeing her and I don't want her to find a new friend that she likes better than me. The truth is she's really quite awesome. *sniff*)

Jenna said...

Hmmm...Good question. I am like it somewhat. If you met me in person, I'm that type that is totally shy at first, but then get to know me and I am quite the sarcastic and fun gal. Because of the shy front I put up, I am prob not going to blogher because I am frightened to go up to people, and certainly people won't know who I am. Just not one for uncomfortable situations, and that is my big downfall...

Alison said...

This blog = Jenn. Fun, carefree, to-the-point. :) Now if it could actually reach out and grab your ass while you're reading it...

RWA said...

I am 100 percent convinced that you are as good as, if not better than, your blog.

I have no doubt that you say what you think in "real life," just like here.

And I am willing to bet the house that you're hilarious in "real life" too.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I am EXACTLY like my blog. (except fatter)

Jennster is exactly like her flickr stream.

CATJACKS said...

you are totalllllllllly fun in your blog/forum and even more fun IRL....definitely. Your personality rawks. The best part for me is listening to my husband describe you to our home friends....... he digs you and your fun self.

Kristin said...

So true! I write like a 22 year old vixen, but IRL I am a 38 year old troll... which is why I skip Blogher. ;-)

Don Mills Diva said...

I'm pretty much like my blog - maybe a little edgier in real life...

Fermi said...

I am much more awesome in person than I am in my blog. In real life people laugh, and I try to recreate that in my blog but the chemistry just isn't the same.

This is a very interesting topic though, and I hadn't thought much about it previously.

Andie said...

I think I'm pretty true to my persona... with the exception that I"m a bit more reserved on my blog, because you never know who is reading it, ya know? but the one thing people usually tell me is that I have a way worse potty mouth than they would expect. LOL

Angelika said...

I am not at all on my blog the way I am in person.

In person I only speak when that "mood" (AKA PMS) comes over me. But I'm totally quiet IRL.