I've been contemplating writing some version of this post for awhile now and a conversation I had yesterday finally convinced me to take the plunge. A blogger friend and I were Gchatting about some emotionally charged topics and she said something to the effect of, "I wish more bloggers would tackle tough issues like relationships, body image, etc. It would be so great to have a forum to discuss these kinds of things."
I know there are many bloggers who cover tough subjects with amazing - sometimes downright astonishing - honesty (hello, Penelope Trunk). However; is it just me or is there a maddening tendency among many bloggers to portray their lives as picture-perfect fairytale romps through Never Never Land? While I'm the first one to champion fun and uplifting content, I often find myself yearning for a little more substance and a little less style. However, I don't take issue with these blogs...not really anyway. Instead, I take issue with myself. If I really wish that more bloggers would talk openly about these kinds of things, then why shouldn't I hold myself to the same standard?
I can tell you why I don't. I don't because I'm scared of sharing my feelings so openly in a public forum. I don't because it makes me feel vulnerable. I don't because I fear that the response wouldn't be positive. I don't because I worry that no one would care.
But, you know what? The more I think about it, the more empowered I feel by the idea of injecting some radical authenticity into these posts. I recently tweeted about how excited I am to have lost 20 pounds since December (woo hoo!). A couple of you lovelies immediately responded by asking me to share some weight loss advice, so I began working on a post in the form of a bulleted list with tips like eat more fresh fruits and veggies, etc. Halfway into my post, I realized something. I could come up with 7 million "tips," and still any post about weight loss would feel incomplete if I didn't share at least a little bit about my mental, emotional, and physical struggle to be in a place where I feel really good about my body.
I'll still share my tips, but I'm re-writing the post. In fact, I've got lots of topics that I'm excited to blog about with radical authenticity. My hope is that this space will continue to be a source of positivity and inspiration, but that I will also provoke some candid conversation on a wide range of topics that affect us all. Thank you for being the supportive and intelligent ladies that you are. I look forward to deepening our dialogue and continuing to build our little blog community.