I admit, when I started #100authenticdays back on August 1, I had no idea where it would take me, and who would come along. I was overwhelmed with the positive response, and so excited to see so many friends, fellow bloggers and readers jump on board! It was a grand experiment.
I meant to post a check in at Day 50, but I think I was away on vacation, so blog posts were just not happening. Now that I’m 3/4 through the journey, I wanted to write a post with some of my reflections so far.
- I know not all of you have been able to (or chosen to) follow through for the entire 100 days of this experiment, and that is totally fine! Nobody failed, or let me down, or didn’t do things right. I am honoured that you came along for even a small part of the journey, and I hope that you learned something about yourself along the way.
- While I wouldn’t say that my movement, complete with hashtag, has taken off, there is undoubtedly a burgeoning movement afoot in social media that’s geared toward an authentic representation of who people are, at least some of the time. That makes me really happy.
- I’ve noticed that it is more of a challenge to post daily photos than it is to post daily updates. So Facebook appears to be the ideal platform for this type of movement, because you don’t have to post a photo, if you don’t want to. That’s kind of a bonus.
- Around Day 25, I was hurting. It seemed like way too much, and I couldn’t imagine doing another 75 days. Somewhere around Day 50, it started to get easier, and for the past few weeks, I feel like I’ve gotten a little more courageous to post things I might have edited out before. Especially on the photo front. I mean, who posts a photo of themselves while they’re dying their hair?!
- It’s liberating, sharing this stuff, but sometimes it feels like I’m oversharing. I think there has to be a limit.
- I’d like to think that I’ve inspired a few people out there to be more honest on social media, but I’m not sure. I’d love to hear from you, if you’ve felt as much!
- I’d love to continue writing about authenticity as a blogger and on social media in general. I feel like it’s SO important, maybe not all the time, but when I see news stories like this I feel so passionate about the subject! I’m still trying to figure out what to do next.
So. An informal post, today. I would love to hear from any of you reading how you’ve felt about my #100authenticdays, if you’ve been watching, or YOUR #100authenticdays if you’ve been participating! You can email me, or leave a comment here or on Facebook or Instagram.