While it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, the trouble is that you don’t have any say whatsoever over the thousand words people choose to attribute to your picture. Pictures are just moments frozen in time, and most don’t offer any real context as to how you feel, what’s going on around you, or especially who you are.
So while you may be loading up dozens of pictures at a time to your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, there is no real story – there’s no real “you” coming through, unless you decide to actually tell your side of the story.
Social media provides, at best, a very short summary of your life and who you are as a person. Think about it. With a site like Facebook, what do you actually put on there that’s representative of you? A relationship status? A quirky status update begging people for Likes? A few “LOL” photos and different memes you find hilarious? Pictures where you’re posing with the duck-face? Seriously, social media doesn’t say very much about who you are at all. It mostly just acts as an outlet for you to goof off and to see what other people are up to.
Delivering your side of the story to the world may be important to you, especially if you want to be remembered as a real person and not just a few snapshots on social media. And this is where lifelogging, particularly a video journal, can help you deliver the real you to the world at large.
Detailing your life in something like a video journal gives you a great platform to be as thorough and honest as you can be. There are many platforms in social media for such vlogs, such as YouTube, Facebook, and even operating your own website. This gives you a unique opportunity to get across the real you in a way that people may enjoy.
However, the idea here is to create a real portrait of yourself. You want to be true to who you are and not simply some fictional character that you want people to like. So honesty is always a priority if you’re attempting to tell the real story. Save those fictional portrayals for fictional books or other fictional outlets. Let yourself shine through in a video log.
If you glance at a site like YouTube and check out the popular channels, you’ll see that many fall in the realm of politics and religion. Now, this isn’t a call for you to enter the same market. It’s just an area of focus that you should pay attention to. The reason is that these genres are very polarizing and fickle. The people who have successful channels and who are telling the real stories of their lives are constantly bombarded by criticism.
They get “trolled” all the time by angry, embittered, jealous people. The same is true for most people out there, even if you’re putting out videos of cute little puppies! So you have to be ready for what’s out there. Telling the real story of your life may be met with some serious troll noise, so being unafraid is incredibly important. You have to develop thick skin if you want to push forward.
The only way you’re going to get across your real story is if you chronicle real situations in your life. You can’t set the scene with fake props (metaphorically and literally) and fake the “real” through an improv session.
This isn’t getting your real story across. One day your loved ones and those you leave behind may look back at your life to get a real sense of who you were inside. You don’t want them to see a fake, attention-starved person. You want them to view an honest person who really wanted to put his or her story out there.
The point here is that you don’t want to allow a few snapshots and blurbs on social media to paint the picture of your life. Tell your real, complete story through lifelogging if you want the real you out there.