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Upon reading this article last week, I needed some serious time to reflect. Sure, I studied print journalism in school and graduated with a BA in the subject, but I am not, truly by trade – a journalist.
When I read the article first, I started getting all self righteous on my self thinking “touché, Gawker – you tell those kids what’s up.” I paused. I pondered. I realized.
What are you reading, right now? My personal website. What does that mean? Essentially this is a space in the internet devoted entirely to my own life, interests and happenings.
So why do you find this interesting? Better yet, why do I believe my life is so influential that I can post about it four to five times a week? That’s a lot of me. And although I’d like to think these daily posts mean something to you guys out there, I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed in what I have created.
Am I even accomplishing what I set out to do? I started this website because I like to write. I like clothes. I like beauty products. Pop culture makes me giddy and I wanted to provide some valuable information to the masses – reviews, insights, recommendations. Sure, they’re just mine. One tiny voice in a sea of millions screaming out about what shampoos changed their lives. But maybe, as I truly hope they do, these posts actual help you, or even just make you laugh.
That’s all I was after. But in hindsight, I feel I got a bit lazy.
True as that may be, I’m not the only one guilty of this departure from formal Journalism – more succinctly from meaningful content. Millions of us are. Your Facebook page is a tribute to yourself. Maybe that’s why social media is so successful. It’s not only about connecting with others – it’s the only place in the world where we have free reign to talk about ourselves 24-7.
We’re just pining to get our story out there. Maybe hoping to be the next Cupcakes and Cashmere for example. That woman built a career off of narcissism and we want that kind of success too. Some of us just aren’t ready to admit that that’s the truth behind it all (the narcissism bit). Your blog, your website, (this website) is just a veil disguising what we’re really talking about here – you, (me).
Gawker gave me a real wakeup call. We’re not all that interesting, I’m not all that interesting. But the opportunity is here, to change, to learn, to provide something to readers that has more character – more substance. Above all, a deeper meaning.
Now, all I’ve got to do is figure out how to provide what the people want – what the people need. Meaningful posts that, at the very least, you can learn something from. So, call it what it is. A website about ME. I hope you find it interesting. I sure do.
But hey, that’s just the narcissist in me talking.