Tuesday, October 12, 2010
We think it’s where we’re safe, but the truth of the matter is that it’s our favorite hiding spot.
It’s where we retreat to when the going gets tough, where we fall back to when we feel most threatened.
I guess that what makes Michelle at Eating Journey’s “Exposed” series so incredibly remarkable to me: it asks folks not just to peek their heads out the door of their own personal hidey-holes, but to tear down the walls all around them.
A healthy percentage of weight-loss bloggers can’t (or won’t) show themselves on their sites. Some can’t even bring themselves to put their weight on their blog.
I wouldn’t show my ugly mug for the longest time, so I understand the pressure that keeps some wanting to stay completely anonymous.
But here’s what I’d say to you: come out and play.
Blur your face if you feel you must, but take that next step and put a picture on your struggle.
It’ll help readers more solidly connect to your story, add a whole new level of accountability and show yourself (and the world) that you have nothing to hide.
A year ago, Michelle bared herself in a most unique way and started a movement of fellow weight-loss warriors showing off their mistakes and their muscles, their scars and their successes.
If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to follow her lead.