Being Authentic on a Blog

The Radish Society Authentic Self

I thought about this blog back in November and launched it in January. The goal was to mix my passion for feminism with my professional knowledge of food as a registered dietitian. Fitness was thrown in for good measure – something I struggle with as well as something that is always linked with healthy eating and healthy habits. 

The problem with my plan was that I am much more passionate about feminism, sex positivity and self care than any other topic mentioned. My career as a dietitian is clinical – not based on community guidance – and I love the clinical aspect. Translating that to a blog… just doesn’t happen. I work at a specialized hospital, which means my specialized nutrition knowledge isn’t appropriate for a blog. I do enjoy normal, general nutrition – but it turns out I don’t enjoy it enough to have it be a focus on my blog. 

Authentic Self You've Changed

The good and bad part of having a blog is that you can make it whatever you want. If I wanted you to think that I workout every day and only eat organic smoothies – I could easily do that. I could curate my words and my photos to make you believe that I was living an admirably healthy lifestyle. But then I tweet about drinking wine. And post Instagram photos of midnight outings and public protesting. And Pin quotes about travel and adventure and being weird. And write a LOT about feminism and sex positivity and self care. 

The hard part about having a blog is that you see successful lifestyle bloggers and influencers talking about make up products and picture-perfect dinner dates and their morning HIIT workout that didn’t break a sweat. You see their gorgeous flatlays and ‘caught-off-guard’ poses and think: “If I did that, people would come to my blog“.  But then you realize that you really can’t be bothered with buying cute bowls and posing food mid-cooking or getting someone to take fashion photos of you after carefully applying the trendiest lipstick of the season. Well, it works for some people but it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t even own concealer and I honestly enjoy takeout dinners way too much. 

All of these beautiful marble backgrounds, Insta-stories from inside coffee shops, and t-shirt-clad photoshoots in the middle of winter – are gorgeous. Stunning… but just not representative of who I am. And that is okay. 

Authentic Love Yourself The Radish Society

My reality is a messier one, a more colourful one, and a more do-what-I-want one. My authentic self is someone that has been in the making for 28 years and I really like the person I turned out to be. There were some bumps along the way, but my authentic self is one I am proud of. A lot of my core is talking about issues like feminism. A lot of my core is working on self care and compassion. A lot of my core is talking about sexuality and gender. My authentic self expresses all of these things in a quirky, messy, radical-ish way. 

So that’s what I’m going to do! 

You may have noticed that The Radish Society logo has changed to a bright red and green radish. I love bold colours. I love drawing. I love putting those two things together and representing my blog with a logo that feels like my soul is showing. 

From now on, The Radish Society will mostly discuss things like feminism, sex-positivity and self care. Of course, I’ll throw in a little bit about food and fitness, cuz I still am a dietitian. The site is going to be bright! My Instagram is going to be filled with illustrations! My Twitter is going to be more of a reflection of who I am. 

I invite you to join me on this journey of representing my authentic self in my writing. It’s tougher than it looks, but so totally worth it! I hope you enjoy the new refined version of The Radish Society.

As usual, I would love to hear what you have to say! Tell me below about your authentic self and how you put that forward on the Internet. 

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14 Comments

  1. March 31, 2017 / 4:37 AM

    Just found your blog through Jemma and looking forward to reading more!! :)

    • rebecca
      April 3, 2017 / 11:08 AM

      Thanks so much Holly!!! About to go check out your blog :)

  2. March 16, 2017 / 5:26 PM

    It’s definitely all about what works for you and your blog, what works for others doesn’t work for everyone and I love the diversity within blogging, all the different writing, photo, design styles. Sometimes. Subcome to the thoughts of “or wish I could do that” but remember that I’m good at what I do and that person is good at their thing. But we all choose what people see and I can imagine all the “perfectly posed” photos are just one out of 100s that were taken. Loved reading this!!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 10:04 PM

      Thanks so much! Exactly – we have to remember that we are good at what we’re doing and stop comparing xoxo

  3. March 16, 2017 / 5:17 AM

    I love this post! I feel like there’s so much pressure to be a certain way, but I totally believe you should do what makes you happy. My authentic self is to be completely honest, I don’t see the point in only sharing half truths or showing a certain part of my life so you’ll see the pretty and ugly sides of me on my blog!
    Claire xo
    http://www.clairelouiisexo.wordpress.com

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 12:31 PM

      I love that you share all parts of you on your blog! Especially if that’s what makes you happy to do! xoxo

  4. March 16, 2017 / 4:24 AM

    Although I fall into the beauty catergory for my blog I completely agree with what you are saying. I think you should just keep doing what you’re doing because you’ll stand out in your own unique way and it will appeal to people with the same interests!

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 12:30 PM

      Nothing wrong with a beauty blog at all! Just a wrong fit for me! Glad you’ve found your niche :D

  5. March 15, 2017 / 7:19 PM

    YES!!! I love this post completely and agree with so much that you’ve said. There’s such a… pressure isn’t the right word but I can’t think of it at the minute… but there’s definitely this expectation for blogs and their bloggers to follow the same stereotypes. I remember starting up and reading that you blog looked unprofessional if it was colourful – who cares? Our blogs are our spaces of the internet. If they can’t reflect who we are as individuals then what hope have we of embracing our differences offline?

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 12:29 PM

      Right? It seems like colour/brightness of blogs and Instagram is a huge thing! There’s even research that says people like paler colours… but that’s just not who I am and I can’t stick to it. Colourful blogs are the best blogs! In my opinion at least ;)

  6. March 15, 2017 / 5:59 PM

    I love your honesty. My Instagram is clean and tidy, aesthetically pleasing. I don’t eat clean, I eat fast-food and have two kids – my life is hectic! My blog is my me-time and is a release to write what I’m passionate about. X

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 12:28 PM

      It is SO important to have you-time – especially with two kids running around! Glad you have a place for your passions xoxo

  7. March 15, 2017 / 2:33 PM

    I’m not one of those people that has a perfect instagram and twitter either and I often think I should change it to get more followers but it’s just not me. I don’t want to be fake and I want to post about anything not just certain things to get more followers and views. I just can’t be bothered to go to loads of effort for photos! I really enjoy reading your blog so I’m looking forward to seeing new posts :)

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    • rebecca
      March 16, 2017 / 12:28 PM

      Thanks so much Tiffany! I love how real your Instagram and Twitter are :)

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