I wonder if Clark Kent ever got fed up of all the double life drama. I’m hardly Superman, Supermum is a distant goal. I do have an alter ego, maybe less alter ego more secret extension of me; my blog. This blog began life in October 2010 and is still a secret, well…. sort of. Inevitably there are leaks and clues. Lacking in mild manners and less discreet than a super hero, over time I’ve shared it with one or two
a few friends. I’m not sure how many of them actually read it. As with Superman there is no mask, spend time on the blog and it reveals aspects of the me, the bumbling Clark Kent of blogging. I actually wore fake glasses on my vlog in a Clark Kent style, as if that fooled anyone. “Gosh is the Gemma? No can’t be she doesn’t wear glasses. Nothing like her?!!” On occasion friends have stumbled across it of their own accord. Initially, I thought the sheer size of the internet would cover me but alas no. A friend started her own ‘secret’ blog and found mine. I’d love to point you in the direction her blog as it is a great blog but I’ve no idea who might be reading this. This is the internet it’s an open space. While I make no claims to be doing anything very useful here, I wonder how Clark accounts for his time when he should be at work but is instead holding up aeroplanes with one hand?
It isn’t super amazing but I am proud of this blog and yet it still it feels a touch self-indulgent. “What do you write about?” “What ever comes into my head – it’s kind of Me, Me, Me”.
I still feel strange about non-bloggers reading it, obviously other bloggers – that’s fine, they get it. They are doing a similar thing. Some, like Michelle, are actually putting the world to rights, one blog post at a time.
I’m shortlisted for the Bibs *cough* and of course I’m very pleased, just to be shortlisted it a wonderful achievement, particularly at the moment I am still unemployed it feels good to have achieved something. I should be shouting from the roof tops, instead I am quietly asking the few people who do know about it if they could spare a moment to please vote. To stand a chance I should get on a bicycle with a loud hailer and seek votes from anyone. “Vote for me, it’s all about me”. Who could resist? Or perhaps just post it on Facebook and risk it being read.
The community has been the unexpected bonus of blogging for me, the friends I’ve made through blogging. The friends that started in the virtual world and are now firmly a part of my real world; the Supergirls and Wonder Women. This is social media, it’s about being social and sharing. Over the next few weeks I have various events to attend which will put the social into my social media, I am looking forward to meeting other bloggers and more of my on-line world becomes intertwined in my real world.
Instead of messing about in telephone boxes I think I need to find the confidence to pop my pants on over my tights in public, say it loud and proud; “I blog…. and I don’t mind who reads it” (possibly).
Do you have an alter ego? or do you blog loud and proud? Blogging Superheros give me your thoughts. How do you wear your pants?