Authenticity is a word that is used a lot when it comes to blogging and creating content online. It can be so easy as a blogger to sometimes wonder if you are being 100% authentic, especially if you are an overthinker like me. I thought I would share some thoughts on authenticity when creating content online + a few hopefully helpful tips to remember!
Being authentic doesn’t mean that you can never change. Your style, what you write about, what you photograph, your opinion on something, or the type of content you create can change. We are always evolving and it would be boring if we all stayed the same for most of our lives. You are never the exact same person you were yesterday, so it’s okay to change.
Just because you don’t share everything online doesn’t mean you are not being authentic. There is no rule that you have to share every part of your life online to be “real” or “authentic”. All that matters is that you are honest about the things you do share.
One of the best things about social media and blogs is the endless amount of inspiration you can get. There is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from others. But it is always best to try to put your own style and touch to it to make it your own. You can like the style of someone else’s content, but that doesn’t mean you have to create in that same exact style. Spend time figuring out what your style or aesthetic is. And if your style is similar to someone else’s, that’s perfectly okay! Just make sure you are doing what you genuinely love.
It’s so important to stay true to who you are and to do and create what makes you happy. There will always be someone out there who will enjoy what you create. So you might as well stay true to yourself.
Just remember that authenticity wins in the long run and that only you can determine what is authentic + genuine for you!