Can we have an honesty session on this Sunday? Sunday is a good day for honesty, right?
Lately, I've been feeling like it's all too much. I am getting bogged down by this world obsessed with perfect-ness. I get sucked in and start feeling like what I am doing isn't good enough, pretty enough, fast enough, smart enough...you get the idea. I know I am not the only one that feels this way.
I was catching up on some blog reading this week and read so many recaps about blogging conferences that my head started to spin. I know people mean well by sharing their tips so that those of us who can't attend can benefit from what they leaned, but after I read about the 4th recap it all became too much. You have to be on Google +, you have to engage, you have to Pin between the hours of 7am-11am, you HAVE to be on Instagram (after all where the heck are you if you aren't on Instagram?), you have to edit each photo, you have to post at least 3 times a week....and let's not forget that you have to be original, creative and yourself. WAHHHH?
How? How am I supposed to do all of that without feeling like a total and complete gigantic failing loser who isn't good at much of anything. I can't. I simply can't. I know that so many of these tips are for people who want to grow their blog and who do this gig for a living. I don't do this for a living. I work at my day job for 31 hours a week, and I take care of Fin (my most important project), and I hang out with my hubby, and in the in-between times I start too many projects. I love blogging, but it can't win over my family and other things that I also love.
I know it. I know I put it on myself. I know I am my hardest critic. I know I can't do it all. All these things I know, but it's still hard. It all just catches up.
I have decided that I am going to take control of it. I am going to say no. I am going to do what I want. (If you know me in real life you know that I don't say no very well...so this is me attempting to be strong...).
I am on Facebook and I am on Twitter (sort of....), and for now that's going to be it for me. I can't handle any more social media. I am not going to start with Google + (as much as Google is trying to force me), and I am not going to publicize my Instagram feed. Does that make me a bad blogger? Maybe. But I have to have faith that if you want to chat with me and connect you know how. Right? (hint: email, Facebook, comment....).
Here's the other thing.....
I am starting to really get into photography. Real photography, with my real camera. I love it. I am desperate to learn and to improve. I like photographing rooms, but I like hanging out with my fam and my fur baby and taking pictures of them too (actually, they are more receptive subjects than rooms are...). I spend time editing those pictures instead of writing blog posts....and I like it. I know it's sort of taking on more, which is exactly what I said I wasn't going to do - but it's more that I am loving. It's fun, not work. It's like the best parts of blogging, except without all of the stuff I am 'supposed' to do that goes along with blogging.
So, I've decided to combine the best of both worlds. I'm going to start a new series on Sundays called The Week's End. It's going to be photos and only photos. No text. (Obviously this post and its giant rant is the one exception!). Photos of us, photos of projects I am working on, photos of our week, you get the idea. I know people love their Instragram, but I love real pictures that have been edited with purpose and thought (and in my case some serious time and usually a lot of Googling on how to adjust curves).
I am excited about it. My hope is that it spurs us into communicating in a new way. Let's chat through the comments or start a conversation about a photo up on Facebook. Less text and more conversation.
Don't worry, this doesn't mean my DIY stuff is going anywhere....it's still here, it's just supplemented with some other things I love. I still have oodles of projects going on around the house and am going to share all of the nitty gritty.
Does it sound ok? Let's give it a shot.
The Week's End - April 28, 2013