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“Blogging Is The Devil” Lesson Learned

Recently a friend I know said to me, “Blogging is the Devil!” I was a bit stunned with her statement but after a lengthy conversation she further explained that visiting blogs always makes her feel very inadequate and unworthy. That it seems if you don’t have some incredible house or incredible DIY project or incredible photography or been on an incredible trip to post about, why bother? Basically her take was the fairytale world of bloggers was filled with narcissistic personalities that wouldn’t know the real world if it bit them in the ass. Ouch right? I tried to justify to her that my reasons of blogging were to connect, inspire, market the business and mentor.  And how I’ve always been grateful for the friendships and opportunities that have come my way because of blogging. But wait, did her view of blog land have any merit? Did my own blogs fall into that same fairytale world she described? Probably to some extent, but that’s because I’m very conscious about putting out the best content I possibly can on my blogs. I owe that to the people who take the time to visit me on my blogs and have been supportive over the years. Also, understanding that blog readers usually are looking for two things, information and inspiration. That there is enough ugly in the World we live in and being able to escape in blog land for a bit is OK.
Why you blog and the content you offer is a decision that is ultimately yours. But as my friend reminded me of in her assessment about blog land, don’t get caught up in the smoke and mirrors of blogging that you feel the need to constantly produce to obtain favor. The internet has fostered a wave of instantaneous gratification and short term memory loss. Basically any fame you receive from the internet can be very fleeting so remembering that and taking things in prospective when you post should be a lesson for all of us bloggers.

 

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    Sharon Penney-Morrison
    May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Carol. I met you at Bird Song I last year and loved your class I could not make it this year, but plan on next year.

    I can agree somewhat with your friend. It does appear my daily reads, on my fav. blogs, are somewhat far different then my daily life. However, there are many bloggers who are honest and tell their life like it is.
    I guess I would say I enjoy both the beautiful, fantasy life, and the real nitty gritty life. I live in both worlds.
    I am an artist, quilter, decorator. Love to re-purpose about anything!! I seldom show the interior of my home as I prefer to have some things private. I will do snippets now and then of a collection I have, but by no means do I ever want anyone to feel inferior.

    I love looking at most of the blogs, and feel very inspired by their designs.

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    Anonymous
    May 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Carol. I met you at Bird Song I last year and loved your class I could not make it this year, but plan on next year.

    I can agree somewhat with your friend. It does appear my daily reads, on my fav. blogs, are somewhat far different then my daily life. However, there are many bloggers who are honest and tell their life like it is.
    I guess I would say I enjoy both the beautiful, fantasy life, and the real nitty gritty life. I live in both worlds.
    I am an artist, quilter, decorator. Love to re-purpose about anything!! I seldom show the interior of my home as I prefer to have some things private. I will do snippets now and then of a collection I have, but by no means do I ever want anyone to feel inferior.

    I love looking at most of the blogs, and feel very inspired by their designs.

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    Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY
    April 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thoughtful assessment all around. Good words to keep in mind to maintain some perspective on blogging and why we do it.

    By the way, I popped over here last night while researching blog design and I remember visiting this blog a while back.

    It’s great to re-discover your site and browse all your wonderful photos and ideas which are pretty and inspiring.

    Enjoy your day.

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    Laurie
    April 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This is a great post to think about, Carol, and I can relate to what your friend was saying. I started blogging nearly 3 years ago to let family and friends know about a medical condition I have and the surgery I was going to go through, but it quickly changed to being more about family and faith. There were times I thought about quitting when I compared myself to other bloggers, but that is no longer a problem and I enjoy other blogs for inspiration and encouragement. I may not have a large “following,” but it doesn’t matter to me, as I just blog as myself.

    I am glad that you blog what you do – we downsized into a much smaller, new cottage that we are transforming into a home that is welcoming, and your photos and information are a great inspiration!

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    Rachel Noelle Pallas
    April 23, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Loved this! 😉

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