Today’s post was inspired by the Prosperous Writer herself, Christina Katz. In this week’s ezine, Christina talks about authenticity as it applies to your online persona. Reading her article this week got me thinking about how I come across online – do I present myself in a way that is authentic?
How the heck do I come across to those in the interwebz?
In her article, Christina asks a simple question – HOW DO YOU DO YOUR THING?
I thought of the authors I really admire and their online personas –
- Michelle Zink and her sincerity
- Lisa McMann and her down-to-earth persona and humor
- Lisa and Laura Roecker and their pop-market sense
- Elana Johnson and her inspiration
- Christina Katz and her knowledge and family/work balance
Then I thought about myself. I think I have a sense of myself online – think I know how others perceive me. But, how do we REALLY know, right?
So, I applied my business head to the situation, pulled a “focus” group together and asked.
The people I “polled” know me online – Maybe they follow my blog or follow me on twitter; In some cases I have done some beta reading; In all cases (except one), they do now KNOW me – I haven’t met them in person, I don’t talk endless with them, we aren’t internet BFFs….
I asked them a simple question – how do I come across online?
Now sure, I knew they probably wouldn’t bash me…butI did want them to be honest. And I think they were.
For the most part, they responded in a way that was inline with how I thought I “did my thing” – the core message was the same.
They also tapped on a few things I did not necessarily want, but aspects of myself I KNOW are true. Thing I need to work on.
It was a great experiment and helped to focus my efforts with authenticity. Just as authenticity is vital to my voice as a writer and within my characters, I think authenticity is KEY with building an author’s online platform.
In the words of Christina Katz
“Your authenticity is the truth about the best of what you do. So no need to ever fake it. Just be yourself. And then be a little more yourself. And then share a little bit of that with everyone else. And I promise, we’ll remember.”
How do you do YOUR thing? Do you know?