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February 27, 2012

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I used to be an "honest" blogger, back when I blogged personally.
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They did such a great job with this interview here. So much that you can learn about someone like this.


But you make the cut on my new "no blog" diet, which is really just a super low word count blog diet--not a total elimination.
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You totally hit the nail on the head, as always. I love to be inspired by others, but it's most appealing to me when it's balanced with some reality that shows people's imperfections and triggers our empathy and understanding, too. I enjoy both (and often from the same source, like you), but I'm glad to hear that I'm the only one who feels inadequate reading these things. Ironically, I just started a design blog, but for me it's more about having a way to help market my new decorating business, rather than blogging as a career move in itself...plus I'm way too sporadic and limited to make anyone feel inadequate!

You're fantastic, Kristen, and totally inspiring in all of your honesty. I've been reading your blog almost since the beginning and although it's one of the first I discovered, it's still one of my absolute favorites (even though I don't comment much anymore). Love ya!!

How did I miss this post? Must be my imperfections. :)

Your white streak IS super cool, and I noticed it from one of the first pics I saw of you.

I'm the least crafty person I know, but I've figured out how to say, "Great! Look what YOU made!" and....I move on. Would I like to have to oomph to do that to? Sure. But here's the thing: I don't. My gifts lie elsewhere.

I'm a work in progress. I'm ok with that.

Oh Amen! Amen! This is so difficult for me at times that I have to abandon my attempt to write more because I can't stand to be near the sweet, perfectly constructed stories amongst my own chaos.

Having the right glasses on is everything, so true.

Wanted to add: I used to live in a very uppity stepford-type town.

Those people with "perfect" lives? So many times they were crumbling behind their facades...and people were so shocked when everything came crashing down.

I'm not interested in Photoshopped lives. That's why I've kept sneaking on over here all these years (even when not commenting).

this is actually quite a sweet post ~ and I am just getting into more blog reading, so I hadn't quite realized what I will run into: photoshopped lives. I like that. And I will watch out for it and the ensuing inadequacies that might follow. I love reading about folks' (read: mamas) real lives. It helps to put things into perspective. But certainly not if they are faking :) Thanks so much!

Love this post.
One of your very best, in my opinion.

Here you go: http://myconvertiblelife.blogspot.com/2011/07/capture-everyday-place-where-things.html

My post (prompted by Adventuroo) about all the piles in my house. Actually, not ALL the piles because no one would have ever read a post that long. Or wanted to see my husband's underwear. But truthfully, more than one friend told me that was their favorite post on my blog -- I think it was comforting to know that no one is alone in leaving stacks of things where they don't belong.

Kind of wish I could blog like that more, but I think my husband would be too embarrassed. And I love him, so I try not to piss him off unnecessarily.

Great post!

I used to be an "honest" blogger, back when I blogged personally. Recently, I started up blogging again (in a very different niche) and it has been so hard.

Why? Because everyone is SO HAPPY! AND FABULOUS! And **Squeeeaaallling!* over something new at Target.

I'm hoping that I'll be able to tackle all this with a bit of humor...and to not take myself too seriously.

I gotta say, I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way.

To me, that is my favorite and best compliment a blogger can get- "I love your honesty." We live in the raw, unfiltered moments and why not publish them? I read you still- and I read like maybe two blogs, these days because of your honesty and how it mirrors my own daily life.

Thanks for the post. Timely as always.

I have an honest blog you can look at, messy kitchen and all. http://depressioninmotion.blogspot.com/2011/06/im-messy.html
I like honest WAY more than polished!

Really, really great post. You put into words what I feel so often. Going to get my prescription checked with you ;).

You know what we need? A photo blog with REAL photos from moms. No words, just pictures. Like an online Instagram for real life moments. Somehow I think the realism and messiness will be just as uplifting and inspiring as the beautiful perfect "chosen" ones.

I can only say - "AMEN SISTER!" I spent many years trying to achieve a perfection dictated by society. From dying my hair, wearing tons of makeup (but still trying to look natural), wearing the right clothes, hanging with the right people and so on and so on..... I was MISERABLE! I HATED myself. I gave it all up and decided to be me UNCENSORED! It was such a freeing feeling. I still succumb to the first impressions syndrome, but after you spend more time with me I let it all hang out. If you don't like who I am, I probably don't want to hang with you either. I don't judge as much, I don't try to be someone I am not, I don't make apologies for who I am, and I feel much better about who I am. Funny thing - I have more friends (true friends), I feel prettier than I have ever felt (not saying I am gorgeous, but to me I am), and I love my life.

So here's to be REAL and loving all ourselves completely! (I still get really envious of those gorgeous women who seem to have it all, but I am not willing to sacrifice what I have now to get it.)

Thank you for being REAL!

PS - I really want a silver streak :) Love it!

I've heard that the back cover of Pioneer Woman's new book is a photograph of her messy kitchen. I love the idea of an "outtakes" blog meme. Like Wordless Wednesdays or Love Thursdays. Start it - I'll play!

I will show a picture of the kitchen floor if it will help? I found my kitchen counter for a couple of hours this weekend only to lose it again to a pile of dirty dishes.
I'm a WOHM, who does crafty things and gardens, and I wish sometimes there were blogs about the realities that I face, then I realize that everyone who is doing what I'm doing, is too busy to blog.
I remember a few years ago Alexa @Flotsam posted pictures of her messy house, and people ripped in to her. It just isn't right, this is what is real, and if we accepted it, we would stop trying to hold ourselves to silly unattainable standards.

Your post sums up why I deactivated my Facebook account and stopped reading so many blogs a few months back. I was tired of comparing myself to everyone. Now I feel like Pinterest is going to be the death of me...but I like you philosophy that things are edited on blogs. We put out only what we want people to know. Really great post.

Thanks so much Lissie and Suzanne. xo

I love the idea of a 'blooper reel.' I'm almost tempted to show pics of the mountain of laundry I haven't folded or the dirty dishes I let pile up all weekend (even though I have a dishwasher). Almost.

I really enjoy your blog!

Boy do I hear you. I did some blog writing this fall, which of course involved lots of blog reading--and it had a negative affect on my life. I called it quits with my blog last week and will go back to knitting in my free time. I think the steady exposure to so many people and their lives is exceedingly difficult to swallow in a healthy way. At least it was for me.

But you make the cut on my new "no blog" diet, which is really just a super low word count blog diet--not a total elimination.

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