Read this article in DeutschOur world is connected. To a large extent, however, this connection is one-sided, which contradicts the term whimsically. What do I mean by that? The concept called a blog works differently than social media and is open to everyone: that’s what it’s all about in my Sunday Thoughts post today.
There are the content creators and there is the audience. The social media mixes both, because everyone who follows others creates content at the same time. Hardly anyone uses his Instagram account to see what others are doing, but upload images themselves. But the concept blog works differently. Here I call into my digital megaphone and back comes mostly nothing. A few voices whisper a comment under an article, the rest remain silent. A few numbers scurry like data ghosts through my Google Analytics. This is the tool that lets me see how many people visit my site, how long they stay there, and what countries they come from. More, website owners often do not stay with us.
About silent readers and digital exposing
Yesterday in the white box typed by my WordPress Backoffice, now you just read it on the screen of your laptop as you relax after work at home. Or if you belong to the 46% of the mobile users, maybe on your handydisplay in the subway. Maybe you know me personally, but probably we will never meet. Perhaps you are reading this here in Austria or belongs to the 0.5% of my readers in Japan (uh, Konichiwa?). I do not know much about you, I’ve ended up only collected statistics and a crude picture in the head. Many remain dumb followers.
With the concept blog, it is a bit like being in front of a double mirror blank. I reveal here and in part very personally. But anyone who reads this, I can neither exactly see nor determine. It is accessible to everyone. I can not exclude people who have known me personally and who stalk me now. People I’ve disputed with, or those I’ve blocked on Facebook and Instagram (the list is long). This blog makes me ultimately stale. I do not have any, but every jealous ex would love this. I am writing an article about Tinder and wondering who will read it? My employer, my aunts, the guy I last gave a basket? Even with my Instagram Stories, I’m wondering now and then, who’s all about it. I should probably not touch in such an article such familiar tones, although I like to do that.
Even if I loved to see my readers as friends, they aren’t.
At least not everyone. I often do not want to think about it when I sit here, just like in the evening, with avocado and green tea sitting comfortably in front of my laptop and typing a few words. But keep my blog cool and impersonal? This is not an option for me either.
How much should bloggers expose themselves?
In my blog articles I like to bring personal. An anecdote here, a few thoughts there. There are bloggers who see their webspace rather than a business or focus on pure product presentation. Maybe they need to worry less about unwanted readers? If you give a lot of price, you also risk a lot. It is the world wide web and on some uncanny confession a real shitstorm can follow. One makes oneself vulnerable.
For me, I solve it like this: I must tolerate that my blog is a public platform. After all, I read my own blogs and do not comment on them afterwards. Every day, I am the mute follower myself and that is okay. Because this is how the thing works. That only a small part of the readers actually shows themselves in the comments is quite normal. Since I accept the cold showers, when I think of what dumb fellow readers could read anything unwanted my articles. Also, anytime someone could recognize me on the street and confront me with a personal detail, which I have mentioned in my monthly recaps. Probably it is not possible, but nevertheless. This is the price for the redemptive feeling, to squeeze my heart and soul in some blogposts. For readers, more personal tones are also interesting, because I read on other blogs also gladly about privates. What really moves the author, what does she experience? A pinch of heart makes blogs readable, as I find. As an outlet I need my blog likewise and this sacrifice is worth it.
Patches leather jacket street style with DIY draping
Okay, let’s come from the deep thoughts to the outfit of the day: My leather jacket with patches, under which I have layered different tops – namely the striped longsleeve and the sheer top / dress, which I draped in my bag. So that the long top does not hang so formless on me, I have a part of it in my Jea bag crumpled to produce this waterfall effect (#innovative). For this I wear my non-so-basic-but-nevertheless-basic ankle boots, which have this sweet sanding detail at the back. I needed some, which I can carry to everything, but which nevertheless does not look too boring.
Big thanks to Max for the amazing photos!