As is my wont, I have come up with yet another bizarre blogger term:
Blasque (blog + masque) = the persona that bloggers create for themselves (sometimes deliberately, often not.)
I've been thinking about the topic of blasques for a while. After all, every blogger is really an imperfect, fuzzy reflection of his/her "real world" self.
For example, even though I make attempts to always be 100% truthful in my blogging, I don't talk about certain subjects in depth. For whatever reason, I choose to keep them close to my heart and out of the blogosphere. Ultimately, Recess for Writers isn't a diary for me (you should thank me... you'd be bored to tears if it were!); consequently, it represents only a small percentage of who I am.
In essence, my blasque is distorted, even though I try to be brutally honest. I'm not trying to be deceptive, but just as a photo is a snapshot of a moment in time, my blog is only a collection of selected thoughts, experiences, literary creations and/or observations.
For some bloggers, the blasque they wear is even less of an accurate reflection of who they "really" are. Though they don't necessarily admit it, many bloggers appear to be "posturing", pretending to be tougher or stronger than perhaps they really feel they are. I suspect that if you encountered them on the street, you'd never know they were the same persons who authored their blogs.
So. What does your blasque look like?
Would I recognize you if I saw you today at the grocery store? Would I know who you were if we chatted at the doctor's office while waiting for our appointments? Or would we be completely unaware because our blasques are such tiny fragments of our everyday worlds?
I suppose a blasque is a natural product of blogging, but it's one I'm definitely going to ruminate about for a long time.