What You See Is What You Get

What You See Is What You Get

This conversation has been stuck in my head for well over a week now. I said something completely normal and everyday on Twitter and this is the response I got from a friend:

When I first started blogging, I thought about being “anonymous” or making up a personality that wasn’t mine. At the time it felt like that might be fun. It would be like fiction meets real life.

Lots of other people do it — in fact, I read a lot of sites that do. They have online personas that are similar to their real selves, but different. Some do it on purpose and others do it without realizing it. I don’t really care either way because they’re free to do whatever they wish.

I don’t remember exactly what I thought doing this would lead to, but luckily I decided against it.

What you see, friends, is what you get.

I’m simply ME. 

I would like to be a lot of things: rich from blogging, crazy-hilarious, wildly opinionated, a mom who makes handmade gifts and bakes, an internet superstar… but why?


Is that a good answer?

Not really. 

Trying to be those things or become those things would be exhausting. Mostly it would be exhausting because it’s not who I am at my core.

I’m very normal. I’m not rich, not poor. I’m not crazy-hilarious, but I am mildly witty.

I’m wildly opinionated in my own head. But I’m fearful of being wildly opinionated on my site and on Twitter because I just don’t! Yes, I censor myself. I don’t like it but I do it. In that same vein, I don’t tell everything. There is a lot about my life that people don’t know and likely never will. Some things ARE sacred.

I’m not an internet superstar. Even if sometimes I wish I were more awesome, there’s a lot of pressure associated with that.

I like who I am — a very average, understated, funny, serious, clever, bright, caring, inclusive people-pleaser. I cuss too much. I’m scared of the dark. I’m a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I’m not crafty and hate baking. My Southern twang is thick and out of place in most circles up here in Dunwoody.

But I aim to stay true to myself, no matter how boring that may seem. I hope you like what you see, because it’s all I’ve got.


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  1. I love what I see when I look at you, and I love what I hear when I listen to your voice. Your “twang” sounds like HOME. (((big hugs!)))
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  2. I love who you are, too. You ARE awesome, silly!

  3. I love it! Be you – no one does it better!

  4. You rock, lady. And I love your voice, suits you to a (sweet) t.
    Sam recently posted..Going Commando with Kindness!My Profile

  5. I think you are the best Jana I’ve every known, and I love you. :)

  6. You are great just like you are…..no apologies to anyone !!! And it is a whole lot easier and less stressful than trying to remember which persona you were to which person !! Love you just the way you are !! Don’t change……………

  7. In my world, you are totally an internet superstar.
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  8. i love what i see.
    and i wouldn’t have it/you any other way.
    you are phenomenal!

  9. i love you and your twang that does not suit snooty dunwoody at all. way to go against the grain!
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  10. I like what I see and keep coming back. I see a Mom that misses her angel and loves her sons both of them. Caring and interesting in one place. You are doing just fine.
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  11. I’m afraid of the dark too. One of the greatest gifts of blogging was learning just how average I am.
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  12. I call myself a wysiwig. It was the name of a print shop here in the ’80s, and I like how it sounds.

    I’ve always pretty much been a take-me-or-leave-me kind of a girl, mostly because I don’t blend in. Eventually people like me seem to realise that not everyone is going to love us. This killed me for a time but made my life much less upsetting.

    I find you charming, Jana. And this blog, and the things you say? Are very unique and quite beautiful.
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