Article by Wendy McCance
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have someone share your life story. I thought it would be so cool to be interviewed and then to see your own story in print. I was able to find out just what the experience is like, and I have to say, I’m on the fence about the results.
A few months back, I was contacted by a writer who has written articles for AARP’s magazine, Life Reimagined. The writer asked if I would like to share my life story for their magazine. I was thrilled and set up a time to be contacted for an interview.
If you have read this blog for some time, you have probably read my articles discussing what my life has been like over the last five years. Quick synopsis: Lost a job, diagnosed with autoimmune disease, lost home, had to start over and figure out a way to work with the illness that affects me daily.
I just saw my life story in the magazine. I was sure I would be excited about the experience. After reading the article, I was disappointed. There are aspects of having someone write about your life that I hadn’t taken into consideration. It didn’t occur to me that I would feel the need to control the article. It was my story and I felt the end result didn’t do a great job of explaining what had happened. There was no emotion to the piece, just a bunch of facts laid out that showed the route I took to create a better life. The part that bothered me the most was that some of the facts, although minor, were not correct. I wish the writer had contacted me with the rough draft just to make sure they had accurate information.
Back when I had done the interview, I was so excited that I mentioned it to my friends and family through Facebook. I was torn about sharing the result. If I didn’t share it, people would have asked what happened with the article. If I did share it, I would feel embarrassed because the way things were portrayed were out of my control. I ended up sharing the article with a note saying that some of the facts weren’t quite the way things went down.
Overall, I am glad I had the experience. Like I said, I think it comes down to a control issue. I have gotten used to having complete control over my blog. If I write something that is personal, I have the ability to show emotions in the article. The facts are all correct and I feel comfortable sharing the post.
If you would like to read the article that was written for Life Reimagined, here’s the link: http://workreimagined.aarp.org/explore-your-options/amazing-comebacks-we-cant-even-afford-gas/?cmp=SN-LNKD-DS
If you are curious about the way I described some of the events that took place, check out these links about my life story from the archive.
There are other articles, but these are the posts that most clearly define what happened. Some day I would like to gather all of the posts and put a book together. It would be a great bit of information to be able to hand down to my kids and theirs as well.
To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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