Monday, July 28, 2008

On Public Personas

Ani DiFranco sings "32 Flavors"

Lately I've been thinking about the way we present ourselves to the blogosphere, after have a bit of an identity crisis over my writing voice, the direction of this blog, and life in general.

Long story short: there is a very real girl, or young woman, behind the blog. I turned 23 a few weeks ago, and in another couple of weeks I'll be starting my second semester of grad school. Like many book bloggers, I am joining the esteemed path of professional librarianship; despite a lousy job market, I've never found a field that suited me better. Books are love. When I find a particularly good one, I'll hug it till I get to the cash register, because some combinations of art and words and presentation are just magic, and thrill me into tiny bits. I do, occasionally, wear purple and shiny bits. I intermittently keep a very pretty journal, and write one poem per affair of the heart and no more.

On the other hand...

I love dirty jokes. Photostories about dolls with filthy mouths or censored Muppets make me laugh until I cry. I don't wear heels for political reasons, and cut my hair short for practical ones. I really like red lipstick and ties on girls, and my dream career is librarian by day, drag king/faux queen by night. I like hiking in the Greenbelt. I've kissed somebody whose name I never learned. I used to not shave if I was feeling cranky at my internship, until I learned one of my supervisors did the same thing. (<3 her!). Gender commodification at the local Toys'R'Us is enough to send me into a nasty 3rd wave ranting fit. I think fashion magazines are irrelevant and that Web 2.0 may save the world. Sometimes I make up really horrible songs about people who have wronged me in the past, and sing them in my head to make the day just a little bit brighter.

I am 32 flavors and then some, and some of those flavors want their chance to speak up. If the thought of your local Rie going a little bolder and less sunshiney in general freaks you out, then you may skip out with no hard feelings. If not, welcome to the show.


Callan's Sketchblog said...

good for you for embracing who you are, bout time! BRING ON THE SASS! (and I think I know which song that iiiiis, doo dah, doo dah!)

Ruby said...

I say, Let the lion out of her cage! Rrrrrroar!!!

As a side note, I've often thought about going back to school to pursue a library science master's degree. That's so cool that you're doing it!

--Ruby Rococo

Dayna Desastre said...

<3!!!! and Mega-hugs! I'm so glad you have the guts to say "I am me, take me as I am, blog world!" More people need your mindset! You're the coolest, Rie!


Penny Lane said...

I ♥ you for all that you are and will be!!

Goodness Ani can so many things with a couple words. I adore her and i adore you even more for posting that video :)

You are magnificent darling as is everyone in their own way with their own imperfections. I am working my way to being in a spot where i can really mean it when i say, "I like me for me, so you should too."

You inspire me :)

Lisa Clark said...

Rie, you rock and rule. Factuality.

L x

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