“Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” — Benjamin Franklin
There seems to be an influx of transparency in the blogging world. There are more blogging income reports, people taking pictures of their guts as they try to lose weight, and posts about some sort of truth that I wouldn’t even share with my shadow. I wanted to join in on the fun. I’m not going to share any income stuff because I’m sort of private about that. I did want to be transparent about something else. But first…
Why should you be transparent? What’s the point of even being transparent at all?
We all love to see the flaws in others. None of us are perfect. We like to see that others are going through the same struggles as us. It’s comforting to know that we’re not alone when dealing with specific issues. When you’re fully transparent, others will see where you’re not strong and it’ll show the world that you’re not perfect.
If your results are impressive, you can build some serious social proof through being transparent. Transparency can do wonders for your brand when you show how much money you’re making, how many email subscribers you have, and how much work you put in. Being transparent when the results are outstanding also serves as a great source of inspiration for anyone that’s just getting started or feeling down and in need of a boost.
When you open up with your readers and completely reveal everything, you’re building a unique connection. It’s rare to find authentic and genuine people sometimes. This is why I feel that so many online users are gravitating towards those that are being fully transparent with everything that they do.
With that being said, I wanted to get into my own attempt at being transparent.
I wanted to run my own transparency report on here. Instead of using my transparency report to brag, I wanted to share the details about something I’m weak at. I spend a fortune on food. I train hard and I’m always on the go. As a result, I eat a lot. I eat well. I eat lots of protein. I don’t mind spending money on food. With that being said, I definitely eat out far too often.
I wanted to share with you how much money I spent on food in November. This is why I signed up for a Walmart credit card and used it to track my spending on food in the month of November.
I spent $394.25 on food in November.
This includes going out a few times, protein shakes at the gym, grabbing my own groceries always, and the coffees that I grab. I didn’t want to bore you with the details. Let’s just say that a $30 dinner on a Friday night doesn’t help my food bill. Neither does grabbing a few cups of coffee a day.
I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I guess it really depends on your situation. I wanted to be honest about one of my flaws. If you have any tips on how I can cut back on my food bill then please do share.
My challenge is simple. Reply with a transparent post on your blog or a comment of something completely honest below. I encourage you to open up and share with us.
Did you spend too much money this month?
Did you do something dumb?
Are you proud of something?
Share it here.
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