pix & persona

May 25, 2016
vacation day 2:
hiking in Armstrong Woods
massages (YES)
some tv watching (Silicon Valley & A Place to Call Home)
a lot of laziness

Pretty much perfection 🙂
Ana had quite an interesting post yesterday, inspired by a prior post by nicoleandmaggie.  The topic at hand: how does your online persona compare with your IRL one?

HMMMM.  IRL I think I:
– am sillier.  more lighthearted than I often come off here.
– am more sarcastic. 
– curse more.
– am more impulsive.
– express more passionate opinions.  
Much of the above is because this is a public blog, and I am well aware that my identity is either obvious or very easy to figure out based on context.  I know that patients (and prospective patients!) sometimes stumble upon this site while attempting to google reviews and credentials.  Therefore, even as I strive for authenticity, I am always writing with that filter in mind.  
There’s also the fact that things may skew because certain moods are more likely to invoke a blog post than others.  Some have noted that I always seem to be on some sort of self-improvement quest, and I guess that’s somewhat true.  But I also tend to post more when I get in that problem-solving/troubleshooting mode, and when I have time to really think things over.  And — as Ana noted in her post — your feedback is often really valuable in these scenarios.   
Thoughts?  Also, I wonder how blog-identities compare to other forms of social media – insta, snapchat, and the like?  Are some platforms more likely to show true colors, or is that just an illusion?  I don’t think you can ever really know someone until you have interacted with them in real life, but at the same time I have met some true friends though the blog.


  • Reply beth March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Yay for vacation perfection!!

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the link!

    I don’t think we ever really *know* anybody, even ourselves.

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Interesting! Knowing you in real life, I’d agree that you are more lighthearted, funnier, more sarcastic in person. I get that this is your "processing" space, as blogging is for lots of us. A person isn’t always the most them while processing, I think. If that makes any sense!

    I have no idea how I come across on my blog. It’s obviously much more a scrapbook than your space, and I feel constrained in writing about the daily frustrations and bigger frustrations because our families read it and I’m not comfortable being very vulnerable to some of them….I admire that you are very honest even though I think your families read here, too. I also would like to write a lot more about parenting but feel conflicted because my kids haven’t made the choice to be on the web.

  • Reply Alicia March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Your vacation looks perfect!

    I will be in South Beach for a work conference in a couple of weeks. The host hotel is the SLS. Do you have any advice as far as running routes around that area? Thank you in advance!

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