there’s a little whirlwind in the blog-o-sphere this week. it’s all about authenticity and the portrayal of real life versus pretty blog life. i read about it on a blog i recently started following and love (go here to read), and it all got started here. do you have things pop up that have been percolating for awhile and then all of a sudden it’s everywhere? that’s what this was like for me, kind of.
i say kind of because i don’t really mind so much that blogs don’t share lots of daily stresses, tales of woe, i mean.. inspired over depressed right? (fyi – the challenge being put forth is to put less of a perfect shine on life and be more real) but, i am frustrated with the blog world all the same. a few things i’ve thought, but not shared (and kudos! to all that are sharing their thoughts too, a complete link list by ez of creature comforts, thanks for getting us all together!).
1. everyone gushes about how open and friendly the blog world is and how they’ve met TONS of other bloggers. uhmm… i’ve actually become good friends with one, and have been surprisingly disappointed with responses or rather lack of responses from many. maybe stats have to be at a certain level before the responses flow? (and i’m referring to direct emails, etc.. not just general love your post comments) for example, i contacted a local blogger by email, introduced myself and asked if she would be interested in getting together for coffee, etc. that i was new to town and trying to reach out and meet people. i got a one line response back saying that if she gets a group workshop together in the future she would contact me. what? i was totally confused. but it was a response….
2. i am 100% behind doing your own thing on your blog, make it yours, create your own good stuff. BUT. and this has really been bothering me. i can’t tell you how many big time blogs shout to the rooftops about original content… i’m with you, with you, with you… until i see the same photo on 10 of said original content bloggers. and this past month i swear at least that many all had the original content of how great method brand cleaners are (i too love them, but this is not the point) and if not method, some other fabulous eco friendly cleaner. i am finding it hard to believe that all of these bloggers had this same, unique idea all in the same two week time span?
3. i’m not totally on board with facebook and constant social meida. it’s really not my thing, but everyone says you need facebook!!! twitter!!! instagram!! flickr!! oh and the blog of course. where’s the blog in all of this? i actually am, very late into the game i might add, becoming more of a fan of twitter. but i just wonder could blogs be popular just through the actual blog? what about that?
4. i wish more people commented. it shouldn’t matter. but sometimes it does. and it’d be nice.
5. i’ll blog as long as i feel good about it, most of the time i really enjoy it, but sometimes…. if it’s just me and three other people, maybe we should just facetime. (;