Oh hey. Hello gentlemen. I thought it was time that I address you personally. You guys are the coolest. I think it’s so great that you are here, reading along and participating.
I’ve come to realize that some of you- you know, being a dude and all, feel weird about reading a blog that has “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” as the tagline. Or at least that’s what I gather by the way you sheepishly sidle up to me at weddings or dinner parties or soccer practices with an “Awe, schucks” demeanor as you mention offhandedly that you follow my blog. Some of you are bold and come right out and say that you like it. Then you usually say it again once or twice during the conversation, as if you’re trying it on for size or just getting used to the idea yourself, since saying it out loud for the first time. It’s kind of cute, watching you make friends with this part of yourself. Then most of you follow it up with a shrug and a chuckle as if to say, “So I like a chick-blog. Whaddayagonnado. Maybe I was born this way.”
But here’s the thing guys, you shouldn’t feel weird. In fact, if anyone should feel weird, it’s me. I’m the one constantly sharing my unfiltered, deeply personal thoughts on the internet for the world to see. I’m the one who voluntarily gave the lowdown on bikini waxes a couple days ago. Remember? The circle of trust and all that? I’m the one opening the vault and inviting everyone in as if it’s no big deal.
I’m going to make a confession, because maybe it’ll even the field a little bit: sometimes it IS a big deal. Sometimes I hit ‘publish’ on a post and then immediately want to curl up into the fetal position and rock back and forth repeatedly hitting an imaginary Delete button in my mind. Sometimes I feel totally exposed. And I’m not sure I’m even allowed to be unnerved by it because it’s all my own doing.
Yet here we are. I’m still here spilling my guts on the page and you’re still here reading, so you know what? I’m proud of us, guys.
And dude, I promise not to make it weird if you don’t make it weird either.
* This is Day 10 of a 31 Day series on Keeping It Real. You can find all of the posts in this series here. I hope you follow along and join the conversation! *