Does your personality shine through on your blog? Or online in general? I was thinking about this recently since so many bloggers (myself included) often say that we blog partly because there aren't people in our life to talk books with. So we blog or connect with like-minded people online, and one of the really cool things about it is connecting with people not just in our immediate area, but with people all over the world. That's a topic for another time, though- here I want to discuss how we present ourselves online.
I think sometimes I'm more enthusiastic online than I am in real life, because let's face it- I love books and I love talking about books. Or films, or you know, whatever. Most of my friends are scattered so we don't get together much, but we do talk about all things geekish when we do. I have one friend in particular where whenever we get together or talk it seems invariably that we discuss favorite books or movies, old jokes from our childhood, and even favorite lines from movies. To someone listening it must sound totally nonsensical.
I think some of that enthusiasm, that sheer joy, of having shared interests also bleeds into my blog interactions a bit. Or even social media. I've noticed I use a lot explanation marks and laugh emoticons and stuff like that, and I think it's because I'm having fun when I'm online commiserating about a favorite book or TV show. I mean the world is pretty mundane, let's face it- work, school, whatever- but in the books or films we love, we can live other lives, even if it's only vicarious. That's why when I think about how long I'll blog- honestly, I don't see stopping anytime soon, because I enjoy it too much. And many of my regular visitors I consider friends. Why give those up?
So what do you think? Do you let loose a little online, where people understand or share your passions? And even if your significant other or whoever shares those passions, do you still get excited to geek out online? I'd love to know what you think!