Over the blogging years, I’ve written quite a few, personal, posts. Came across one of them yesterday and it had me thinking … about a lot of things. Expressions, for one.
Many of the comments said stuff like “you’re so honest about it”, and I thought “… ‘honest’?! Are all the other ones lying?!” LOL That was before I realized ‘honest’ was just another word for “open”. It’s funny in any event, because if you were to ask around back home about me … what I’m like as a person, I think the word that would come to most people’s minds would be “reserved”. Guess I’m more honest/open online. When I read in the Swedish blogosphere, I see oodles of blogs that are a lot more open than mine, and nobody raises an eyebrow … I wonder if there’s a cultural difference here, that I’m not even aware of.
That post I’m referring to, was written three years ago, and it was a little about how I felt sometimes inadequate about certain things. I even remember writing it, it was nothing particular about it … I just wrote down what I was thinking at the time. I really treasure that post … not for what I wrote, but for the comments! I kept re-reading it yesterday, hoping that it didn’t come across as if I was seeking pity or attention. Being pitied is something I really loathe … I can’t stand it, and I don’t want to be the centre of attention either. When English is not your first language, there’s always the risk that you come across like sounding child-like, but hopefully I’m past that by now.
The thing about those honest/personal posts … even though people seem to be so baffled over the honesty, the comments always get very thoughtful, and quite often longer than usual. Even the commenters become more open about themselves, and sometimes the comments section almost gets to be like a discussion. I love that!
Another expression I had a problem with in the beginning, was “being brave”, but I’m over it now — it’s seems to be very common. To “be brave” used to mean to me, running into burning buildings saving lives … stuff like that, and not taking part in a WordPress blogging challenge LOL.
The sole purpose of my blog is writing down my journey, reflect upon myself and what’s going on in my life. They say «Write about something you know well», so I write about myself as that’s what I know really well 🙂