Lately, I have been reading some awesome blogs.
Some of my new (and old) favorites are:
I have also been checking out some of my old favorites and have noticed a trend that I really do NOT like.
Here’s the thing about blogging. I do it for me. I do it for you. I do it for a balance between the two. I don’t want to only write about things that are interesting to me because then my readership will be two people. (Thanks mom and hubby!)
However, I don’t want to ONLY cater to readers because then my blog will become something more like a magazine. I have noticed that some of my old favorite blogs have changed and become something I don’t even recognize. They are very “Pinterest friendly” however, they aren’t very reader friendly. Many of my old time favorite blogs now only use professional stock photos. This means that they have beautiful pictures on their blog, but I don’t know a single person in them. It’s like buying picture frames at the store but leaving the pictures in the frame rather than replacing them with your own family. Who are those people on your walls? No one knows, but they look nice!
These bloggers might get thousands and thousands of hits from one post because of Pinterest, but is that worth it?
I don’t think so. Sure, it would be fun to go viral someday and I think all bloggers have that as a goal/dream. However, I don’t want to compromise who I, or my blog is, in order to get readers that just come for the free show.
So, here you go. This is me.
Often times you will get picture of smiling kids. Sometimes you will get crying kids. Our life isn’t Pinterest perfect. We are messy, makeup-less, flawed and human. That is what my blog is.
I hope you pull up a chair and stay awhile.
As for what my blog isn’t…well, all these pictures are outtakes of previous posts. Sometimes I can knock them out of the park, other times my pictures and my blog are just not as…Pinterestiful.
But that’s okay, neither is life.