Things are getting serious today. I’m turning the lights down, and I want you to imagine that Barry White is reading this to you. Hey, baby.
I started blogging for realsies when a friend of mine (hi, Erin) sent me The Pioneer Woman’s website after I moved to Atlanta and thought I had a job but didn’t have a job. I spent a lot of time at home applying for jobs on Craigslist, Monster, CareerBuilder, whatever, and reading and writing. I started my blog to complain about job searching and feeling alone while I stayed home every day and cleaned the house and made 5-course dinners that were ready at 3:30 PM before anyone was even hungry…
I think you get the drift.
I always kind of hoped and wished that blogging would turn into a full time job like it had for The Pioneer Woman and the other blogs that her site led me to. Since then, I’ve become a mass consumer of blogs. I love healthy living blogs, food blogs, decorating blogs, DIY blogs, fitness blogs, yes, even mommy blogs.
I knew these were written by real people with real lives and real faults, but it never occurred to me to become a skeptical or cynical consumer of blog information until recently.
A little while ago I discovered GOMI or Get Off My Internets. I discovered it while perusing the comments on the Young House Love blog, and Googled it to check it out. At first I thought all these snarky people had WAY too much time on their hands to go out and read blogs, then report back and make mean comments on the smallest things. Who cares if a blogger took a picture of her stroller somewhere other than her yard? Who cares if someone chooses to do CrossFit and has lost fat and gained a lot of muscle?
I still feel that many of the posts on that site are petty. But some really opened my eyes to things I just wasn’t aware of or maybe choose to logically overlook since bloggers have taken on a sort of “celebrity” status among those who read what they write.
At one time, I wished I could have the internet popularity that these bloggers do. I’ve read plenty of articles on how to monetize your blog or how to gain more readers, and it could be a full time job getting people to read what I write and then decide to subscribe and continue to read.
However, this GOMI site has showed me how ridiculous the blogging community has become. Bloggers are acting like celebrities and getting TONS of free stuff. One person whose blog I read is currently on a free trip to Hawaii sponsored by the tourism bureau there. She’s gotten free clothes and free workouts and free sunglasses. I’m sure that works out well for her, but her blog has basically become an advertising platform for whomever will give her free stuff.
I was offered the chance to “free trial” something and test it out if I wrote about it, and I thought that I had hit the blog big-time. Soon I’d be paid to write what I wanted (my dream!) and on my way to blogging conferences to share my experiences with other rising blog stars.
Who am I? When did that become a viable dream?
I try to keep myself humble in my endeavors. I know that while I’m nowhere near the bottom of the barrel in the areas where I focus myself and work hard, I’m not some superstar. And if I do become one, do I want it to be for blogging?
No, not really. How long will this be a “thing” until the next new thing comes along?
I love talking to people and expressing myself through writing, so I’m not going to stop blogging. I love motivating people to try new things (in health, fitness, food, travel, or whatever else). I love feeling that, thought it may just be in my little corner of the world or internet, I might be making a difference in someone’s life–somehow–even if I just made someone chuckle to brighten their day. But I don’t want to become some lazy person whose idiosyncrasies are heralded as “keepin’ it real” by drooling fan readers.
This may all sound vague, but I’m trying to avoid specifics because … I don’t know.
I think some of the blogs I read are good, and have inspired me to make changes that have been positive. But I know I’ve made ridiculous decisions based on blogs because I thought they were examples of healthy ways to live.
Anyway, I just wanted to say, please take everything I write with a grain of salt. This is a view into my life, and I’m still learning and making mistakes. If something I write offends you, you can tell me, but don’t expect me to love what you’re saying. I’m a real person behind this blog site. I get my feelings hurt. I make mistakes. I make rash decisions.
I hope you’ll still read and contribute input, though. Because I love hearing from everyone about their journeys in life and writing about mine.
Ok, unserious time. You can resume your normal voice & retire your Barry White voice… baby.
Happy Thursday (I still feel like it should be Friday)!