Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights‘ question for this week is:
Is your blogging personality the same as your real life personality? If not , how is blogging you different from real you , and why?
I have actually seen this post today from Pete AKA Mr Bump. You see, I have known for a while that his name is Pete but I was initially hesitant to address him that because it reminded me of one embarrassing anecdote that happened 4 years ago in my previous job concerning our Company’s VP for International Affairs from our main office in Colorado. He handled the EMEA region; his name is also Pete.
I was working for the health sector as People Services Manager. The population of health care providers in Saudi Arabia is dominated by Filipinos (nurses, dentists, therapists, etc) and as you know, we are not native English speakers, we are not so fluent.
Pete is a people person and is very charming. He loves conversations. Nurses liked him a lot. They call him Mr. Pete. I am friends with the nurses and I hang with them all the time. I guess, our constantly working with doctors made us so used to calling them Dr. Something or Dr. Someone… So when talking to Pete, perhaps we collectively felt that Pete is not enough — so yeah, we called him Mr. Pete.
Unlike the nurses, we were not just on a hi-hello basis, we’ve worked closely as I was under his direct supervision. We Skyped a lot for meetings and discussions. Later, he told me that he felt uncomfortable responding to being addressed as “Mr. Pete.” He asked me to call him Pete from that moment forward. I was so embarrassed because I realized and began asking myself, “Why did I ever call him Mr. Pete in the first place?” I sounded like how Hiro Nakamura addressed “Mr. Isaac.”
To answer Dr. Tanya’s question, my blogging personality is somehow different from the real me because I am generally quiet in real life. I only talk nonstop with family and with two particular friends, other than them, I only talk when spoken to and often would just laugh along. On my blog, I talk incessantly to the point that you’d ask yourself “what’s her point?” In real life, I am straightforward and don’t beat around the bush like what I just did with the Mr. Pete story.
The only similarity is that I love conversing with people in writing. I love building lifelong friendships in cyberspace and in real life. And in school, I loved answering autographs and slam books and these prompts and Q&As are very much like that so yeah, that’s me!