Every now and then you hear the comment bloggers need to be more raw and share their inner most thoughts. It is by being raw that you can only be true to your readers and to yourself. But when I look at the meaning of raw it makes me wonder about my voice. Is it authentic enough?
The Definition of Raw:
1 : Not Cooked.
I can leave a check mark next to this because I am definitely not cooked! Maybe just a little tanned…
2 a (1) : being in or nearly in the natural state : not processed or purified (2) : not diluted or blended
Sometimes if you catch me in a foul mood raw sewage does spew from my mouth. But do you really want to read my posts when I am in a scathing mood?
c : not being in polished, finished, or processed form
Well I never went to etiquette school so I am definitely not polished! However, do you want to read one of my drafts that lack paragraphs and misspelled words. I think not!
3 (1) : having the surface abraded or chafed (2) : very irritated
I hate when my sports bra chafes against my skin or I break out into the hives. I suspect you feel the same way! So I would never want to rub you the wrong way.
b : lacking covering : naked
Well do you really want to see me bare it all even if my itsy bits are photoshopped? I highly doubt it!
c : not protected : susceptible to hurt
Do you share everything? Are you willing to open that door? I sometimes open it a little but at the end of the day I do not want to be left vulnerable to the world.
4 a : lacking experience or understanding : green
I lack in a lot of areas of expertise. So will I write about that? Heck No!
b (1) : marked by absence of refinements (2) : vulgar, coarse
Yes! I confess! I am guilty of vulgar language! And I do love to drop the F-Bomb from time to time.
c : not tempered : unbridled
Snort! If I was a wiccan I could have raw power! Summoning my inner goddess for world domination in order to make love not war and end child poverty. But sadly my powers are futile and the best I can do is imagine a world built on peace as I lounge by the camp fire.
5: disagreeably damp or cold
Well! Yes! I hate being cold! And it makes me cranky which leads me to a foul-weathered mood and in the end cursing up a storm.
Does any of these different meanings make my authentic voice raw? No it makes me human. I believe at the end of the day how we share our thoughts makes our voice authentic to the reader. But to worry about breaking down every emotional barrier to be more raw is tiresome. Quite frankly, I’m all rawed out!
How would you describe your voice? Do you believe you are raw enough?