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Two Tales That Show the Importance of Being Honest on Your Blog

Posted on 24 April 2015

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You already know the importance of being accurate and honest on your blog. You learned to tell the truth in kindergarten, and one name misspelling in a post can make you an obsessive proofreader (and you’ll still miss mistakes).

But it can be easy to fudge things that seem like not a big deal, only to have them spiral into very big deals. This week, Australian blogger Belle Gibson of Whole Pantry admitted that her years-long series of posts chronicling her struggle with terminal cancer were completely untrue.

Her fake story paid off, for a while. She sold an app which was supposed to featured on the Apple Watch and secured a book deal with Penguin.

But like most lies of this magnitude, Gibson’s was exposed (even to her partner who apparently wasn’t in on her deception) in a media firestorm. The app has been removed from the Apple Store and the book will not be published.

Last week, Cassey Ho, a Pilates instructor and the blogger behind Blogilates, taught us a lesson with her outright honesty. She posted a video in which she performed a life-size Photoshop job on her own (already extremely fit) body. She doesn’t say a word, but her happiness at manipulating an impressive thigh gap, a mini waist and bigger breasts, follow my the sadness and shame on her face as she prepared to blast the image to her social networks spoke volumes.

I have written in the past that we can’t share 100% of our lives as bloggers, and a little bit of artifice is a given when it comes to fashion blogging. And I fess up: I have smoothed wrinkles on my face and slimmed a thigh here and there. So this is a great reminder that lines can be crossed, and it might be difficult to live in the world on the other side of that line.

[Photo via the Australian Women’s Weekly]

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