When I decided to blog, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be authentic and honest. I wanted to be true to who I am. I told myself that I wasn’t going to blog about things that were untrue. I was NOT going to fabricate a life, with rich stories, that received knee-jerking laughter, or that were filled with satire, or drama, all to entertain an audience. I didn’t want to be something that I am NOT, in an attempt to garner the accolades of others and for what some bloggers want and covet the most, “likes”, “shares”, “comments”, “views”, “followers”, “subscribers”, and of course, monetary benefits.
Lying about who you are is work. And it takes up too much time. If you tell one lie, you must continue lying to keep up that first, original lie. Soon the liar and their lies will be exposed.
And sadly, I have seen this in the world of blogging and writing. There was the Australian blogger Belle Gibson, who admitted lying about having brain cancer. There was also a blogger from Florida, that lied about her two- year old son, being discriminated against for wearing a pink headband in Walmart. Then there was one of the biggest lies from writer, James Frey. He is the author of the hugely successful, New York Times Bestseller, A Million Little Pieces. If you don’t know the story, Frey wrote a memoir that received high praises, bestseller status, and notoriety from Oprah Winfrey herself. His book was also chosen for her wildly popular “Oprah’s book Club”.
Yet, some time later a website did a little research and their findings generated numerous lies, in Frey’s autobiographical account of his life. Sadly the report was shared and the media ripped the author apart about his fraudulent recount of his addiction. Ms. Winfrey wasn’t too happy either. James Frey returned to the show for a second interview, where he was questioned by Oprah. He sat across from her answering questions and unpacking some of the mistruths in the book, as he apologized for his dishonesty.
This reminds me of a quote…..
Lies can only be held together for so long. So it is best to be honest and truthful with the readers of our blog. Readers deserve and warrant the true representation of who we are, not a fabricated being that was created in our mind. They should be given nothing less than the authentic you and me.