Thursday, April 6, 2017

Confessional Thursday - Blog Edition

My Top Ten Blogging Confessions


{one}

Hi.  My name is Marie, and I'm a terrible blogger.

{two}

I have all these ideas and ambitions for my blog, but I don't seem to have the time.

Okay, okay...maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit.

I guess I could find the time to actually sit down and blog.  But unfortunately, instead of blogging, Facebook can sometimes get the best of me.  :/

Do you also scroll through Facebook for an embarrassing amount of time and read about how people are dealing with traffic while on their morning or evening commute?  Or how about all those inspirational quotes?  Gotta "like" those ones!  Oh my gosh, and all those tragic stories that bring us all to tears?  I read waaaaay too many of those ones and I can't seem to stop following all of these sad pages.  Okay and then what about those amazing few individuals who are checking everything off their bucket lists at the ripe old age of 28?  I mean, I've got to sit here and stalk ALL their previous adventures.  That's what they're there for, right...for people like me to Facebook stalk their lives...?!

Meanwhile, I continue to sit on my end of the couch, not blogging, with something quietly playing on TLC or HGTV, all while eating an entire package of Cadbury Carmel Creme Eggs.  So, I suppose I do have the time, I just need to spend it more wisely.

But I'm not giving up the Cadbury Carmel Creme Eggs, darnit!  Those things are life!

{three}

I don't really have a "niche."

My clothes don't exactly scream "trendy lifestyle blogger," Although I'm currently trying to dress a tad better these days.  Well, except for at this very moment because it's spring break and we (the kids and myself) have only left the house twice since Monday.  Nor have I showered or bothered putting in my contacts today...and makeup?  Bahaha!  Forget about it!  No IG selfies over here.

I love, love, love home decor.  That could be my niche, but having to take pictures for my blog also means having to clean up the mess surrounding whatever room, piece of furniture or DIY project I'm attempting to photograph.  I'm getting the sense I'm just a lazy person...??

Okay, so what about blogging about motherhood?  Well, as much as I try to keep the kids occupied with arts and crafts, I'd be lying if I said I never put them in front of the computer screen and turned on one of those YouTube videos of people opening and playing with toys.  Please tell me you know what I'm talking about!  Sometimes that's just an easier option for keeping those adorable tornadoes at bay, as well as keeping my sanity in tact.  Besides, do you ever see Mamas posting pics of their kids just staring at a computer screen on any social media feed?  LOL!  I guess I could be the first!?  Haha!

So a niche is something I struggle with.

Who the heck am I?  What should I blog about?  What is my niche?

<insert a Kevin McCallister hands on face scream here>

{four}

I'm terrible at getting back with people/commenters.

Sometimes I read a comment somebody has so generously left for me in my comment section of this ole bloggity blog, but I don't always comment back.  I'm not trying to be rude.  Believe me, those comments make my day!!  It's just that I read them and then start doing something else...like probably head over to Facebook or something.  I know I need to fix this.  I'm not trying to be rude, but I can see how it can seem rude.

I'm the same way on a hourly/daily basis with emails and texts from my friends and family.  It takes me foooorever to get back with people.  The family I get...they don't have a choice, your family is your family, you know!  They've just got to put up with me and wait for my response.  ;)  However, I don't know why my friends keep me around..........hmm..........................

*nervous laughter*

Seriously, I need to work on this.

{five}

This one goes with that ^^^ one.

I read so many of your blogs on a daily basis, but I don't always comment on YOUR posts.  I just want you guys to know that I'm reading your blogs and they encourage me and inspire me to be a better Mama, wife, friend, cook, organizer, and blogger (even if I suck at it).

{six}

I don't do anything extra for my blog and I'm scared to even try.  In fact, I fear that I've forgotten all basic coding at this point.

Did I ever tell you about the time that I attempted to transfer my entire blog over to Wordpress?

Yeah, about that - I totally screwed it all up.

Believe me, Wordpress Customer Service was great and they were as helpful as they could've been for an incompetent blogger like me.  But I was still confused, so I just sat there...waving my little white flag...I may have even cried a little...okay more like A LOT...and I just gave up.  Yup, and you know what else?  I spent $100 on the whole thing!

I could've, instead, taken a one-hundred dollar bill and thrown it out the window all while shouting, "Fly high, Benjamin!  Fly High!"  Ugh.

HOWEVER, I learned that if I were to ever attempt have everything transferred over to Wordpress again then there is absolutely NO WAY I'd do it myself.  No Way!!  I'm sure there are those of you who have easily transferred it all over and it was easy peasy.  I bow down to you, really...I do.  You're amazing!  I'm sure Wordpress is amazing, but I stand strong by saying I'll just pay them (again) and tell 'em to get back with me when it's all said and done.

{seven}

How?  Seriously, how do you bloggers do it all?

This isn't the first time I've raised this question.

I realize you've shared your "day in the life" blog posts, but I still don't know how you do it all.  I'm baffled at how so many of you go to work or stay home with the kiddos, make dinner, clean the house, work on projects, edit photos, take gorgeous pictures of your beautiful, well-dressed children, and take selfies of yourself in your pristine vehicles without a crumb in sight?!  Teach me your ways!

Well, I guess I could begin with not blogging at this very moment and instead go out to the car and vacuum up all the nasty crumbs...which in turn would only make it so I wasn't blogging right now!  So see?  I can't do both.  Do you people have extra arms or body doubles or robots living in your home with you?

Perhaps I should do a "day in the life" blog post and then you guys can tell me everything I'm doing wrong!  Oh my gosh, that's actually a reeeeeaaaaally good idea...Hmmm.....???

{eight}

I love reading income reports and I love imagining that that could be me (which it won't, but it could...but totally not...oh heck, maybe it could...but probably not...but maybe...)!

Recently, an amazing blogger decided to discontinue her monthly income reports and I was so saddened by hew decision to no longer post their monthly progress.  This particular blogger was rocking it, and I mean r-o-c-k-i-n-g it!  She and her husband were bringing in around $40,000/month.  I never thought of her income reports as bragging, instead I thought of it as inspirational.

I'm quite sure I'll never make THAT much moola, but just to know that it's possible to maybe bring in $100 bucks here and there is encouraging!  This blogging community is so supportive.  We share our triumphs, as well as our failures - it's what makes us real...our transparency.  Being open and honest and real is what makes it so easy to have these amazing virtual friendships!  Those income reports were no different.  This particular blogger shared her income reports from the very beginning and it was exciting to watch it grow - it was part of blogging story...her journey.  In this bloggity-blog-world we're each other's cheerleaders and on this side of the computer I was doing just that - cheering her on!

{nine}

I haven't used my "fancy" camera for a blog post in a long, loooooong, loooooooooooong time.  Not even for that nursery reveal post I blogged about recently.  I tooootally regret not using the "good" camera for the reveal.  You live and you learn, eh?

{ten}

I'm unmotivated and uninspired lately, blog-wise speaking...well...okay, and kind of on a day-to-day, too.  Can I blame the weather like I normally do?  No?

Okay, soooo I need to get my act together.  I currently don't have any deadlines for any blog posts or any home tours or DIY projects that I'm working on...  Methinks I need to get back on the creative train.  Choo Choo!

It took me a long time - many, many years in fact, to realize that I'm actually a creative person, that I'm sort of an artist.  I never really thought of myself like that.  But I've since realized that creativeness is in my blood, it's who I am.  In my little world, blogging is good for my soul.  So I need to get out of this funk and start making things happen.

Thanks for the therapy session, friends.  I would pay you, but my blog has only made forty-eight bucks in two years...  LOL!

;) ;) ;)

Marie :)
 
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