Fandango’s Provocative Question #64

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Before I ever started blogging, I was talking with a guy who was a blogger. I asked him why he enjoyed blogging. His answer surprised me. He said that on his blog, he could be the man he always wanted to be. He added that he liked who he was on his blog better than who he was in the real world.

That floored me. I couldn’t fathom how someone could be one person in real life and another person in a virtual life. But he explained that he could more freely express himself on his blog. That he was actually more forthright, honest, and open about his opinions, perspectives, and beliefs in the blogosphere than he could ever be in real life, where he felt constrained by the etiquette of polite society. His blogging self, he said, was more reflective of who he was than his “real” self. My mind was blown.

So my question this week is this.

Are you the same person on your blog as you are in real life? Do you like yourself more in the virtual world than you do in the real world?

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21 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #64

  1. Ruth April 8, 2020 / 3:29 am

    Oooh, good question! Have to think a bit about that one… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 8, 2020 / 4:23 pm

      I may just answer this question in a post.

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  2. CARAMEL April 8, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Not sure if I will have chance to write a post on this.
    I think I am probably a bit more careful when writing on my blog. In real life, I know that people know me, and they know my family, so they can forgive me for my imperfections when they know the kind of stuff my family are made of.
    One my blog, I am always aware that a stranger might read one of my posts and judge me on that. I used to waffle on a lot explaining myself. I try to publish shorter posts now, but I also like the overall feel of my site to be balanced.
    Is this making any sense? I am so tired after work…I can hardly think straight!

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    • Fandango April 8, 2020 / 6:29 pm

      Yes, it does make sense, and sometimes it is a good thing to build a wall between your blog and the real world if there are concerns about feeling either threatened or exposed.

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  3. Judy's Dog Report April 9, 2020 / 8:37 am

    Yes, I am the same person in real life as I am in my blog. And this is because I truly want to help dog guardians be the best guardians they can be for their dogs! And because this is how I always conduct myself with my dog care business for the past 13 years whether that be walking people’s dogs, or caring for their dogs in my home, it’s the only way I know how to be.

    But I must admit, I had chosen to never expand my dog care business beyond myself to care for my client’s dogs as not to commercialize the lives of innocent dogs that deserve dignity and respect and risk the damage that could be done to them by expanding and trusting strangers to be responsible for my client’s dogs. This being said, my clients have all been with me from 6 – 12 years (with one for only 3 years when I had a spot open up) in a 10 kilometre radius. And now, since I launched my blog only 2 months ago and opened myself up to expand my social media presence on an international level (as apposed to my close connections in Facebook) not only on FB, but twitter, and Instagram, I find myself feeling unnerved about opening up my privacy in this way. For example, I never had a picture of myself on any of my social media profiles (they were always pictures of my client’s dogs…not even mine), but I updated my profiles with my picture on my social media accounts and plastered my picture on my blog so people can see who I am to build the trust of my followers. By doing this, I ended up getting a couple of male creeps try to connect with me along with a couple of other trolls on FB of which I never subjected myself to before.

    So yes, I am the same person in real life as I am in my blog. And despite the risks involved with exposing who I am on a grand scale on the internet, I am also pleasantly surprised how nice it is to connect with people through mutual “friends” internationally! Because I have sought out dog loving people, I am now building relationships with animal loving people beyond North America!#FPQ

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