I have an interesting question for you guys.Am sure all of you would agree that your blog or any blog, is a projection of the person behind that blog. At least that is what we all try to do. We try to pour our personalities into our blogs. But at the same time a blog probably represents about 20-30% of who we really are. It’s just a slice of the whole.
So my question is, is it okay for a reader to say – “My opinion about you is based on what you project on your blog. So if my opinion is wrong, its your fault”
Do you agree?
Are we forming opinions about a blogger, solely based on what a blogger writes or the way they dress?
The way I see it, its a double edged sword.
If the answer is yes, we are quick to say that since this doesn’t represent a person’s entire persona/life, its wrong to judge based on only this. We are quick to point a finger and blame them for judging us blindly.
But not many people pause to think about whether the reason for them to judge you ‘blindly’ is because of the kind of image you are projecting – whether consciously or unconsciously. Each person has their own way of perceiving things. Sometimes you might think you are being ‘firm’ or ‘assertive’ but the other person might perceive that as ‘rudeness’ or ‘arrogance’. Or those times when you are trying to be really funny and sarcastic and you are met with a blank stare. Majority of the time, what you project is what people get about you.
As bloggers I agree that the responsibility lies with us to be honest and project who we truly are instead of trying to build a false image. But none of us wants to display our whole persona here either. There are some issues that are private (including your characteristics) and that’s the way they are meant to be.
So if you are a blogger who is always complaining and ranting that people ‘get you wrong’, then let me tell you… the rest of us have a life. Which we would obviously want to spend in a more productive way than sit and analyze your life all day long. If you don’t want people to build on that image that they have about you, stop putting false and arrogant information on your blog or even in day-to-day life for that matter! Granted that its your blog and its totally upto you what you write on it. But keep in mind that what you give is what you get. So suck it up, and quit complaining.
If you are a reader who is saying that your opinions are whole-ly based on what the blogger writes and that is all that you are going to by – then use your brain! Its basic common sense. What you see it not always the entire story. Learn to analyze your inputs, add a few of your own and form opinions accordingly. So you too, suck it up and quit blaming!