Things I Didn't Say // Cropping Out Reality on Social Media

Monday, November 02, 2015

After sending 5 nearly identical edits of the same photo to my brother because I needed help deciding which picture was the "perfect" Instagram post, I got to thinking about social media.

I've always made a conscious effort to be truthful with my followers, but social media is incredibly deceptive. A few weeks ago I posted a picture of my dorm room on Instagram. There were no lies in the caption, and I didn't edit the photo at all. I was being completely real, right? Wrong. I thought I was being 100% genuine with my followers, but sometimes it's not what you say that's the lie; it's what you don't say. I never told anyone that I took the picture while carefully balancing on a bookshelf while holding my camera above my head. But nobody ever asked, so it's not lying, right?

I've followed Essena O'neill on various social media sites for a few years now. She recently deleted nearly all of her social media, leaving up only a few Instagram posts. She went back and edited these posts to display the truth about each picture. After struggling with the idea of being completely real on my social media for a while now, I decided this was my sign.


I've gone back and added a reality check on a lot of my Instagram captions. We spend so much time cultivating a social media image that is absolutely not real life, so I've gone back to give you the whole truth. I'm not longer leaving out those unsaid words. As someone who constantly preaches the importance of being genuine in all facets of life, I think it's only fair that I practice what I preach. So if you think I'm your #travelgoals or #healthylivinggoals or any type of #goals, I encourage you to look back at my new and revised captions. A square picture can hide eating disorders, insecurities, self hatred, less than perfect weather and countless emotions. A square picture is worth a thousand words, but none of them will tell you how many times that picture was edited or filtered or retaken until it looked "perfect". A square picture can crop out a lot of the struggles/less than perfect moments we face, and I don't want to hide these moments from you any more.


Below are a few of the pictures with edited captions. The pictures themselves are still cropped, yet the whole story behind each picture is now unedited and out in the open. You deserve to know the real person and real truth behind the fake world social media allows us to create, so here it is.








Love Always, 
Katherine


"I hope you live a life you're proud of."


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  1. I saw your post on Instagram about this and went back through and read a bunch of your updated captions. I LOVE the reality checks you did! P.S. You're absolutely beautiful from EVERY angle (although I totally get the feeling of seeing pictures and hating certain angles.) But we're all so much harder on ourselves than anyone else could ever be!

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    1. Liz you always have been and always will be the sweetest. It's so nice to have people like you in my life that are always there with such lovely words when I'm feeling down. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope life's treating you well. I miss talking to you! (which I completely blame myself for not catching up with you as often as I should)

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  2. Katherine - you. are. amazing. I love this post (well, I hate to hear about you having a hard time at college and feeling fat - I hope it gets better soon and you are NOT NOT NOT fat), because yes, we never know the real story behind the pictures on social media. I think what Essana is doing right now is great - and it's even greater that you follow her example. I have to copy you - because it's so cool and important what you do here!
    Also, I really hope you'll feel better soon at college. Seriously, I can't believe you are feeling lonely, when you are one of the persons in the entire blog world, I'd like to meet most (cheesy, I know - but true ;) ). Anyway, I hope college gets better soon
    Sorry for the novel...

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    1. Josefine a novel written by you is ALWAYS worth reading. I can't wait to see what you do with this idea. I hope you are having a wonderful year. And we WILL meet one day. I promise. It's going to happen :-)

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  3. Katherine, you are such a great role model for so many girls. Keep being real and sharing what you want on your blog and social media. You're the influences this world needs!

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    1. Rebecca- you are so kind. Your words have made me smile and feel so so happy. I hope you are having a lovely year. How's college treating you?

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  4. I LOVE THIS. I am so happy to have found your blog! Can't wait to read more!!! PS: Who did your blog design? :)

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    1. Thank you so so much, Kaila! I'm happy you found me because now I've found you! I found my blog design on one of those free template sights and edited the heck out of it. I've just slowly messed around with colors/coding until I've found something I like! :-)

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  5. I love that you added those descriptions to your instagram photos. You are absolutely gorgeous! I just started grad school and totally know how lonely it can be at times.

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not alone (but I'm not glad that you've been lonely!!) And you are so incredibly kind. Also, I LOVE your name. It's seriously the coolest name I think I've ever seen.

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