Now first I feel I need to check in with my own blog because even though I attended a workshop to motivate myself and my business called Launch Your Creativity where they discussed how important it is to use social media on a regular basis to keep your customers interested. Did I do it? Procrastination queen me, get right to something? No way, but I have enjoyed watching and reading those who attended with me really step up their posts. One of those sweet women is Lidy from FrenchGardenHouse.com she has made sure she post on her FaceBook page almost daily and her blog at least once a week. She has over ten thousand likes on FB so she has to be doing something right, she should be my go to example because she also has a web-site that is the grand daddy to mine. Her items are 10 times as beautiful, 10 times as rare and sometimes ten times more expensive. The perfect place to window shop though she makes sure to have price points that are pretty much available so everyone can purchase something. For example she has right now a French Jardin Soap Sampler & Wooden Soap Dish for only $16.50. Tied with a ribbon ready for gift giving. And I love the message on her gift page it reads "It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it" from The Angel's Little Instruction Book. Great reason to buy a little something special and give it away without worry of how much was spent.
So back to the title of my post today now that I have you all caught up on why I'm going to start blogging every week, though I know I have said that more then once and if I type it and it appears on-line then it has to be so, right? Well all a girl can do is try, and I needed a new starting point so here is my new starting point.
Ok the reason why my title reads "Do some fashion blogs make you think less of yourself?" It doesn't even have to be a fashion blog it can be any blog. Though I read only a hand full of blogs regularly for the most part they are real, the authors give you the good, the bad, things they are in recovery for or should be, post about their homes being a mess, post about their lives being a mess, those blogs I follow probably due to the fact that I can so relate. But there are a couple where they only show the beautiful. They make sure that they are absolutely stunning in the clothes they are blogging about, they are super, super skinny, so those clothes of coarse look great and that is because they run for miles and miles. They run so much that they blog about races they run in, along with their families and almost always for charity. They blog about their homes, and you would think every now and then there would be a bed unmade, a closet with something on the floor, a sink with a dish or two in it, no way, they make sure every blog post is perfect, and you start to think, THEY have a perfect life, and you start to resent them, and I am allowing these blogs to make me think so much less of myself, and is that what we follow blogs for?
These blogs have many, many designer handbags, the bags that are sold out everywhere, and don't get me started about the shoes they have to match. Can blogging be that profitable, how can they afford all this? And lately it's the custom home they just built, are you kidding me, it's a mansion and they're only a young married couple. When I got married I had cardboard paintings and thrift store baskets on the walls, when we bought our first home it was a tiny shack, this couple has designers decorating their newly built home, which in nearly every photo it has a vase with a fresh bouquet of pink peonies flowers, their signature, which too is a hint of the name of the blog I'm referring to. I looked all though the blog and I can't see who photographs her in these stunning perfect outfits, is it her husband, if so when does he work to make enough money for the newly built mansion, and I'm not kidding when I say mansion, the closet is the size of my first home. This perticular blog has a sister who also blogs, not with quite as many followers as her sister but she is pregnant with her second child. And where is the posts about morning sickness and hemorrhoids, you won't find them here, only post about trips, beautiful kitchens in the background of Sunday baking and I did find an unmade bed, it was a video on making up her beautiful white linen covered bed and the half dozen pillows.
We have a choice when it comes to following blogs, but is it our aspirations to achieve a life that with all appearances looks perfect? Pink flower people please show us a piece or two of your real life so we can continue to want to follow you, continue to relate to you, we need to see you go through some of life's trials so we don't believe some are handed a picture perfect life and others are not.