The blogosphere (including us) has recently been discussing how blogs are only a specific persona that the blogger shows (or curates, depending on your beliefs about the nature of truth and perception and personality).
That got us thinking about how we differ IRL vs. our blog personas. We thought we’d share some of the differences.
I am a lot nicer IRL. A LOT. My snark only comes out with anonymity. I may think things IRL but I don’t say things unless I can say something nice. #2, however: I think I might actually be nicer on this blog than IRL.
I’m also more introverted IRL. I’ve done meetups with groups of forum people and they are surprised that I’m quiet at the dinner table even though I’m super chatty online. (This same thing isn’t true with people I know well IRL or when I’m at a conference on topics I’m an expert on– I’m perfectly chatty with subject matter I feel comfortable with.) #2 is super-introverted all the time and prefers online communication. Or books.
I’m less annoyed about giving an impromptu lecture on my subject matter of expertise IRL than online. Online it often feels like someone should be paying me to argue with them. (I know it may seem like this isn’t possible, but I promise, I lecture a LOT IRL.)
What don’t I share with you? Mostly boring stuff. I only online share things if I find them interesting and/or funny. I also try not to share things that would hurt other people if our blog and real identities became front page news.
I’m often not as witty because online you only get the good stuff, not the stuff that failed at being funny or brilliant (at least IMO).
Who is the real us? Well, what is reality anyway?
How do your IRL and online personas differ? Who is the real you?