She’s Swedish, 23, Blonde, female and confused – her words, not mine. I’ll just add that she is one of the bloggers in the .Me blogosphere, writing about what she loves and what that little pronoun “me” means to her. Under the pen name of PinkSaint.Me, this girl has something to say about another side of oversharing on the Internet.
So here are a few more facts about her: She is a “product marketing specialist” and an occasional armchair coach for the NHL. She likes to wear black lipstick with nine inch platform heels and sit next to people who have something nice to say.
Portraying yourself online
We talked a lot about keeping your data safe these last few weeks – the right and proper ways of doing it, the downright silly ones, the implications of our new techy accessories for our privacy. We also talked a lot about your digital footprint, the image you create of your self in the vast expanses of our beloved World Wide Web.
In her blog post at PinkSaint.Me, this blogger stresses another side of the medal – more precisely, of constructing our online personalities:
How we portray ourselves on social media has been a topic for a while now. I heard it when i was in university, how it would affect my career. I was never censored, i was just smart about it. I never put a name to my opinions and i never posted defamatory posts on Facebook. I made sure to delete the entire existence of my high school years online. But today i still suffer from the effects of “the interweb”. I see beautiful people, beautiful pictures, in beautiful places and i want MORE. I’m never enough, my life is never enough.
So what can you do to avoid Instagram envy?
What i forget is that i take 20 selfies to only post 1 of myself. I scroll through Instagram and see beautiful girls and wish ‘i could be just like them’ when really, its a photograph. I know nothing about their life or whether or not they are happy. What’s to envy? So i’ve stopped following triggering profiles on social media and i try to stay as genuine as possible. At the end of the day im happy being ME, so why not show my friends the real me? …even if that includes some less than flattering photographs 😛
To get to know the PinkSaint better, follow her blog, and get some fashion tips when you’re at it.
To give others the opportunity to know you better, take your digital image into your own hands and show what “being ME” means to you – don’t let that be defined by profile generators, social media, and the impressions of others.