At times, there seems to be something artificial about blogging, and maybe that’s why I’ve been so lax about keeping up with it. I feel like when we write we’re supposed to present our most polished and pristine selves, a glossy highlight reel that is more fiction than fact. There have been studies upon studies about magazines leaving women dissatisfied with their lives and appearances, and I feel that blogs are doing the same thing.
I know that I’ve fallen down the blog/Pinterest rabbit hole where I begin to think that all of my drinks should be served in mason jars, my house has to be white with pops of color and my hair must at all times be perfectly tousled and coiffed. I think that what made blogging so popular in the beginning was that it was supposed to be authentic. Real people sharing real stories. However, on many of the blogs I follow, there is at times a feeling of falseness that permeates everything.
No one wants to read a blog that goes through the minutiae of a person’s day, but I do think that there needs to be some honesty in blogging. Life isn’t pristine, and blogging shouldn’t be either. So, here are my promises as a blogger:
1. I promise to never apologize for the shoes I wear. It seems that many female bloggers talk a lot about wearing heels, that they don’t sport their stilettos as often as they should. What is this should? I wear flats. Badda bing, badda boom.
2. I promise that my house isn’t white walls and white furniture. Who wants a couch they can’t host a Super Bowl party on?
3. I promise to be honest. Not the over-sharing kind of honesty, but I won’t pull any punches.
4. I promise to try my best. I still want to write something worthwhile, but I don’t have a production team or anyone behind the scenes to help me. It’s just me behind the curtain, Oz, and I’m no wonderful web wizard.
5. I promise to be myself. And that includes not understanding how you can curl your hair with a flat iron. Isn’t that an oxymoron any way?
For all of your kind words and emails about my last post, I thank you muchly. I’m excited to tackle new projects, and I hope you’ll come along for the ride, even if my hair is just messy and not tousled.