Many have asked why I chose the pen name... The Naked Blogger. Especially since I'm a relatively conservative gal who's pretty much chosen the straight and narrow path through life... accompanied by a trusted moral compass. So what's all the fuss about The Naked Blogger?
When I was in the sixth grade, I dabbled in a game or two of Truth or Dare. Every time someone asked... Truth or Dare, I waited with eager anticipation to hear the answer. The risky behavior that sometimes followed filled me with curiosity. However, my fascination for the game quickly ended when I accepted a dare that sent me to the closet with a boy I didn't like. Awkward for sure, but a useful lesson in teaching me to make wiser choices.
Truth is... getting naked doesn't have to be awkward. Inhibition often comes from a place of fear, and fear can paralyze us from speaking the truth. We're afraid to say what we mean for fear someone may criticize us. We're afraid of being perceived as boring for fear someone may reject us. We're afraid that our actions may be misunderstood. Fear is a relentless hand... holding us back from being true to ourselves. Embracing truth... exposes our nakedness and helps us to realize our greatest potential.
The Naked Blogger... dares to strip down to the bare essentials, willing to reveal oneself completely to his/her audience. It doesn't require a lesson in pole dancing to get comfortable in your own skin. It requires knowing and understanding who you are and remaining true to oneself. There are plenty of exceptional writers out there who have perfected their craft. It would be easy and tempting to emulate another's style, but authenticity comes from being true and genuine to your own style.
The Naked Blogger... knows how to cater to his/her audience by offering bite size morsels of truth that are pleasing and tasty to the palate. Presenting a genuine, intriguing message gives the reader good reason to come back for more. I'm not suggesting a 'bare it all' style... some things are better meant to be privately savored. The goal is to create a better blog by offering a down to earth, real glimpse of you without pretense or subtext.
The Naked Blogger... creates a sense of intimacy by removing potential walls that stand between you and your reader. The Naked Blogger communicates openly, honestly, with feeling and fluency, offering a refreshingly transparent point of view combined with a genuine sense of vulnerability.
When that happens... the craving starts, the sparks will fly, and the magic begins. That, my friends, is the reason I chose the pen name... The Naked Blogger.