I like to think that this travel blog is a reflection of who I am as a real life person. Besides the fact I may sometimes hold back on things I want to say, I do think this site as a whole provides a rather intricate picture of your narrator — straightforward, a little funny, a lot sarcastic and a heck of a dreamer. I love it. It’s almost as if travel blogging is just me writing my own autobiography.
You can bet there is the bad, too, woven throughout the list of posts that create this site. If you look hard, you’ll see my faults — yes, I am a person and have faults — and they include being a bit judgmental, overly cynical and emotionally fueled at times. Meh. The half-full-type-of-person would just call that passionate.
This is me. This is who I am. How do you know?
You don’t really, and that’s a big problem with the Internet and blogging. How do you know when someone is genuine when really they can just create and mold a desired perception of their life?
Did you know that I make nearly $1200 a month from blogging? Did you know that my childhood dog’s middle name was “Bogey”? Or, that I took dance and tumbling classes from the age of 5 to 13?
Most of you wouldn’t know that unless I told you, and you wouldn’t necessarily be able to disprove it either. Add in a bit of hype to the mix, a confident attitude and a good story, and you could probably start to believe anything I say.
More than that, I feel like so many people are running circles around networking with as many people as possible to get ahead. All us travel bloggers are promoting and stumbling and tweeting the same group of bloggers and that brings us back to the problem of being genuine. How do we know that what you’re promoting is what you really respect and enjoy?
It’s an issue with blogging in general that annoys me thoroughly, but as long as the pursuit of money is involved, this is the way it will continue to be.
P.s. One of those facts about me is not really true. Which one do you think?