Authenticity and My Face
I came across an Instagram post about authenticity, and it reinforced something that’s been nagging me for a while about my web presence and this alias.
In the year and change I’ve been posting, I’ve never associated Mike Writing with my face. I ran with the idea — really an excuse — that “I want to be a voice right now.” I was hiding.
The Real Reason
I’m sure it’s convenient to say that vanity is at play, and it might be. But it’s more simple than that. I just have hated my appearance (I let myself go and gained over 35 lbs between Feb 2016 and Oct 2017). I am the person in my mind not the person I see in the mirror. I’ll explain better in case that doesn’t make sense.
The person I’ve been mentally hasn’t changed throughout this whole dramatic physical change. I still love running, jumping, climbing, lifting, throwing, playing, foot-racing, etc. That playful, fun time mentality never went away.
I love singing out loud, taking pictures and making videos. I’m always down for “performing.” I’m kinda extra in those ways. So there’s been a pretty significant conflict with not being comfortable in my skin and clothes.
Why The Shift
When I read content, I always appreciate seeing the who — the author. I’m not sure why, I guess it just eliminates the mystery. Maybe it’s that the presentation seems more sincere.
I think I’m not the only person that thinks like this. To piggy-back off the quote I mentioned, people do want to know the real you. There can’t be a genuine connection between a person and a logo when the person behind the logo is discussing personal things. We all want that human to human. Name and face. It’s like a handshake.
I believe the game I’m in with blogging and narrating takes that need up a notch. Have you ever heard someone speaking that you didn’t want to see their face?
An Artist Point of View
We want to give as much of ourselves and our work to our audience. Just like I want to know as much as possible about the people that like my stuff, I can only expect that the people want to know me too.
I want to keep it real with you. Thanks for reading.