3.22.2011

The One Where I Talk About Having a Bloggy Identity Crisis~


I may have mentioned it before, but I'll say it again. I am a worrier. At any given time, I have a fairly long list of things that I am worrying about. My children, their health, finances, the hubby's slow recovery from his accident, etc. And also on that list...and perhaps this will surprise you...or you'll think it's funny...or you'll identify...is my blog. Why do I worry about my blog?

Well, let's start at the beginning. I started this blog as a creative outlet. It combined two of the things that I love to do the very most. Decorating and writing. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started blogging. But one thing I really didn't expect, is how much I would love it. Once I started getting comments and my blog started to grow, however, I really began to fall in love. And as I continued to write, and my blog continued to grow, it really became an extension of who I am.

So here I am today, over 2 1/2 years later. My blog is amazingly important to me. I have gained wonderful friends through blogging. I have learned things. I have been inspired. I have had opportunities that never would have come to me otherwise. And every day, I continue to gain friends, learn things, get inspired and gain opportunities. And now, my blog is also my source of income.


So you would think that by now, I would know exactly what to expect of my blog. You would think that I would have it down to a science. But I don't. Even after blogging for 2 1/2 years, sometimes I wonder what my blog is. How do others see it? Do I have a unique voice? Am I authentic? Do I get lost in the shuffle of all the amazingly talented decor/ diy bloggers out there?


Perhaps you would think that having blogged as long as I have, that I would be secure in my bloggy identity. But, like so many of you whose posts I have read, I find myself comparing my blog to others. I look at their fantabulous projects, their humor, their very unique perspectives and approaches to blogging, and I worry that I am mediocre at best and mundane at the worst. I worry that my blog is just one of the crowd. And I find myself spending time worrying about trying to come up with the one thing that will differentiate my blog from all of the others. That will make it stand up and be noticed!


But here's what I've decided, and what I want to share with you all today. It's not profound. It just is. When we talk about having blog identities, when we talk about being authentic, it all boils down to this. Be who you are. I need to be who I am.


I need to look at other blogs for their inspiration. But I need NOT compare myself to them. There will always be a blogger that is funnier. There will always be a blogger with better projects. There will always be a blogger with more followers, one who is featured more, one who has a lovelier home. But there will never be another blogger who is me. or you.


Sometimes I read back through my old posts and like what I see. Sometimes I read back through my olds posts and I cringe. I can't believe that I bothered to post certain projects etc. But you know what? That's okay. It's all me. And the fact that I don't always know what to expect of my blog, and that I don't have it down to a science, that's me too. I am always evolving...and my blog? It is always evolving because it is an extension of me.


So, my dear readers, I hope you will be patient with the fact that because I'm an ever-changing individual, my blog naturally follows suit. I may not be the funniest, the most eloquent, the most talented, or have the best projects to post. But I am me. And because I am the only me there is...I do have something to offer this big old blogging world. And you know what? So do you. Here's to being who we are.


Have a great day~

78 comments:

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I hear ya sista! I was feeling in the dumps a few weeks ago and wrote a similar post. It does help to know that we are all in the same boat, but to realize we all have something unique to offer. I so enjoy coming here and seeing what you're doing!

Jennifer said...

AMEN! I love your blog just the way it is. And you know what? If we all blogged the same (writing, style, mood and content), there wouldn't be a need for or an interest in all the blogs that are out there. :)
Jen
scissors & spatulas

Creative Escapes said...

Love it!!! You need to do what makes you happy - and what is true to you! Well said! Can't wait to see where you go.

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I soo need this today Wendy! I've needed it for weeks:

"Why are people reading me? What do they want from me? Why did I post that? Seriously, I am that boring that I still have 10 readers after years and years of blogging? I'm not good enough. . . there's 5 million other bloggers out there just.like.me. . . . "

and it goes on and on.

Love your blog. You be you. I'll be me.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I just did a couple of posts on that subject. I think the biggest thing is to just be you.

maggie said...

I adore your blog...and I love your post. You, my dear, have just inspired me more than you know. I just recently started blogging and I'm trying to find my niche...I'm sure I'll never be the "next big thing," but that's OK...I'm me. Thank you so much for your words...

Maggie @ midwesternsewinggirl.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

That was well said and I so agree! With that said,as a pretty new follower to your blog... I enjoy your blog and all the wonderful things you type about, everyone changes some and that's what makes a blog fun it would be boring if we were all the same. I like being me even if my blog is boring, my house is plain and my crafting isn't as good as others ...hugs, Jennifer ;o)

KarenHarveyCox said...

I am so glad that you wrote about this. I have been blogging now for four years. I am fine, posting away and creating until I begin to visit all the blogs I follow gulp...then I do that comparing thing and wonder the same kinds of things. Yet, we are always so hard on ourselves. Your blog is wonderful.

I love blogging and when I begin to doubt myself, I remember why I started in the first place. To meet wonderful people like you and read a thought provoking post that makes me want to leave a comment.

Karen

Anna See said...

I love your blog!

I can relate to the identity crisis thing---- big time.

Landeelu said...

Wonderful post and so well said. As a new blogger these are thoughts I will definitely keep in mind. I love your blog... you were one of the first that caught my eye. Thanks for sharing all your ideas & inspiration.

janet said...

I love your blog and understand what you mean..I will continue to be a follower no matter what direction you go from here..

Kristyn Grace said...

Your blog is the farthest thing from mundane! I love reading your blog daily! I'm currently in this blogging identity struggle having only started 3 months ago and I have only 6, yes 6, followers - LOL. But my blog is me and I am a work in progress (and always will be) so why shouldn't my blog be also!

But you have nothing to worry about! Thank you for sharing you with all of us!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Clink, clink. Cheers!! To being who you are!!!

{twenty}something said...

Wonderful post! I feel like you captured my evolution as well. To start a blog to "keep up with friends and family" who live a little too far away to see what is going on in your life. Then, you start getting comments, followers, plugged into the larger web of bloggers who are at celebrity status! What is my blog to me? I ask the same question. It is a creative outlet. It could become something more....I have followed you before I truly knew what blogging was, and I have added others, but never taken you off! I love reading your words and learning from you. I can't believe you would ever question yourself, but, then again, don't we all? Keep. It. Up.!

Delightful Order said...

Seriously... I needed that right now! Thanks for the advice! I'm going to just be ME! Great POST! :)
DaNita

melody-mae said...

such a wonderful post today. I seriously 'get' it...we all struggle and being stay true to ourselves is what is important! Followers will come and go but, being true to ourselves is the only way to go. How right you are, there is only 1 you and only 1 me...trying to be something we are not just to make others happy is not truthful and will only be harder than being ourselves. I salute you my dear...keep on keeping on!!!!

melody
melody-mae.blogspot.com

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Well said, Wendy. I think that is something all bloggers struggle with. Just know that your blog is wonderful and one-of-a-kind and authentic. I always love to read it and gain inspiration. Keep doing what you are doing! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hallelujah!!! I hear you!! I blog because I love design, I love writing and I am trying to just get out there and do my thing... I constantly worry that my next post isn't going to be good enough... I soooo hear you on your bloggy identity crisis- but you know what- your blog is fantastic- I love it! We all need to just do what makes us happy and not worry so much about whether or not we measure up- easier said than done for sure... but just keep on doing your thing!!! :) Hugs, Courtney

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Well said! I find myself mulling those same things every few months.

Jennifer said...

I just left a comment, but I don't see it... so I'm sorry if there ends up being two similar comments! :) I just wanted to say thanks for this post. I've been feeling like this about my photography lately. I love taking pictures, editing them, posting them. It is a passion of mine... but then I look at all the pro photo blogs and sometimes instead of getting inspired I just get depressed. Your post reminded me that I can be 'me' and I can do what I love. No one else has ever captured the moments I capture in my pictures. BTW, I love your blog and I'm amazed at how well you've done with it. Many people are probably wondering how they can follow in your footsteps.

Maillardville Manor said...

I can so identify with this! I have a who am I, what is this blog, moment once a week. And it seems almost daily i find a blog I haven't heard of yet, who has way more followers then me and it's just kind of hard sometimes :)
Your post came at the perfect time!
Lots of Love
Ashli
p.s. you are definitely NOT mudane :)

jojo said...

Blogging has certainly changed my life, enriched it in many ways. I see that many others struggle with these same issues and wonder what we can do to be better, to do better. You really hit on it with this post and gave the best advice...be who you are. Why does it take us so long to figure that out?? take care..;j

Summer said...

Oh ma gosh girl....PA-REACH it sista! =)

I have gone up and down, back and forth with my bloggy feeling and have certainly encountered a "blog life crisis."

I get caught up in the same ish, am I good enough, funny enough, well rounded enough....Do people even really care....

on and on it goes....and then it goes for awhile and I remember I do this because it's right for me, and the ones who are meant to be at my blog, will be there...

Okay. WOAH.

Long comment all to say, I GET IT! =)

High Street Cottage said...

I said this on another blogger's post, but there is really some sort of odd "blogger's mist" permeating blogland this month. I decided long into it, I will post when I want, about what I want. It looks as though you're doing the same, in effect, being yourself, and "yourself" is so inspiring. I love your blog, keep up the good work, xoxo tami

**Anne** said...

Hi Wendy,
Everyone needs to know they have a place in the world, in our communities, in our families, in blog land. We need to know we are needed, wanted, admired, accepted and we all question those things especially when we show much of ourselves in the very public domain of blogging.
You are who you are, Wendy. We know who you are, Wendy from The Shabby Nest. You are representing you in whatever shape or form that comes in. Whatever you choose to blog about is your blogging identity. Who are we to have expectations of you? If someone decides they are not enjoying your blog, they can choose not to follow you. (That anyone would choose to stop following you is highly unlikely in my opionion.)
Like you, I look at some of the blogs I follow, look at the amount of followers they have and the amount of comments they receive and am in awe. I'm an uncomplicated, down to earth, country born Aussie girl (ahem I'm 48, shhh), living on the edge of a big city. I blog about crochet, illustrating, cooking (occasionally), card making, decorating, family, gardening, oil painting and other general stuff. If someone wants to read my blog and follow me I'm amazed and very grateful they take the time. If people are not interested in my blog, that's fine too. I would rather they follow a blog they are passionate about, their time is precious after all.
Blogging is a form of communication for me. I am somewhat isolated socially as most of my friends work outside the home and I don't. I love reading other blogs and encouraging people whether it be about their craft, decor or a personal situation. We need other people and blogging is a wonderful way to give and receive.
Anyway that's enough waffle from me. :)
Wishing you wonderful blogging days ahead in whatever form you decide and whatever subject you choose to cover.
Have a gorgeous day,
Anne xx

Emily said...

So glad you posted this! I have been blogging for just a little over a month now and had no idea of what I was getting myself into. Before I started my own blog, there were only 4 blogs that I looked at (yours being one of them) & now that I see how many amazing blogs there are out there, I wonder if it is even worth my time sharing my ideas when there are so many other amazing ideas out there.
I seriously LOVE your blog!!!!
-emily
nestnestingnested.blogspot

uruguay white life said...

Unfortunately, for many, the blog is a reflection of real life: the individuality remains on the line. Of course there is always someone who can do something better. But must I can also do that to be happy? Much perspective and much changed. And that is good and right.
You are so right with your words!

Hugs

Tine

Farmer's Wyfe said...

So funny you post this...YOU!! You're like the BIG BLOGGER that I'd like to be like! :) I'm new and small and would LOVE to make SOME money blogging, just so I wouldn't feel like I'm on here spending all this time and not getting any help for our home from it, but I figure, I'll keep at it because I love it, and perhaps something will come of it. I JUST wrote a blog like this myself, asking for advice. It MUST be the time of year or something. Good to know that it's not just me, a "little guy" in the blogging world, who feels this way. :)
AND... I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Oh aren't we women all the same. Always worrying even about the things that give us so much you. You be you and we will be here to follow along.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I couldn't have said this better myself! Here's to just being 'us'.

Donna

Robyn said...

I haven't read all the comments yet, but I know where you are coming from. I've only been a blogger for a few months and tried too hard to make my blog like everyone else's. Yesterday I changed it all. We are new Down Under and that's what I'll be writing about from now on - everyday life and learning new things about our new country. I have even updated my blogger heading to show this! If no-one is interested then that's ok. I think as soon as we start competing then that's where it all goes wrong and if everyones blogs were the same then what's the point?

Chin up - I'm sure all bloggers have felt the same at some time or other. I've subscribed, I'm a follower and I look forward to your posts. Don;t beat yourself up about it!

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

Wendy a quote I often tell myself " Worry never robs us of tomorrows sorrows, it only saps away the joy of today". -Leo Buscaglia

I really enjoy your Blog and your Idea Books at Houzz.

WobiSobi said...

I just want to say , that when I first started blogging, you were and are my inspiration. I would hover over your blog and just be amazed at your talent your eye, and just you in general. You were and the main reason I stayed in blogging and deiced to focus on my art, what I love most in this world besides God and my Family. You are why the Shabby Nest blog is so wonderful and I love everything about it.Please Don't ever change. well we have to change and Grow, but you know what I mean. I adore everything about you and this blog..Hugs Anne

paige said...

i think we can all completely relate. i read somewhere about defining your blog, your style, etc & try not to vear from it. well, what the heck...that sorta got me in a tizzy until i realized, i'm just a me & my world blog. i'm totally not a decor blog ( told you that one before) or a foody blog or a clothing blog or even a profound blog.i'm just writing about my world. sometimes i over think the whole thing....sometimes i see someone out in 'the real world' and wonder, do they blog? if not, what on earth do they do with all their time? :)
we love you
xoxo

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Is there anyone that doesn't struggle with this? Love you and your blog...you just keep being you.

Allie said...

Wendy, I adore your blog. You make me a better blogger and more faithful about my own blog. You are very inspirational .. the list could go on and on .... I hope the worry becomes less, my husband is a HUGE worrier, it takes a toll on you. Have a wonderful day!!!!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Boy, this post certainly hits a home run with me. I've been having a blogging identity crisis for some time now. I've finally come to the conclusion that I'm a mommy blogger- using my blog as a way to scrapbook about our life so that family and friends around the world can see what we're up to. Not very profound but it's mine. :)

Courtney said...

Sweet! I am a new blogger and have some of those feelings.. Does this look okay, do I sound negative (I like to vent:), and the endless comparisons to very talented other bloggers, but you are so right: it's as simple as being yourself and whoever likes it-likes it, whoever doesn't, oh well! For the record I love your blog and found this post inspiring!

willow said...

Your blog is a great source of inspriation to me and your post just gave me warm fuzzies all over. You continue to be an inspriation in many ways, many more than you realize.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love your blog! It real shows us who you are and that is why I read it regularly. I can understand about the blog identity crisis though, hard not to compare yourself against other blogs. I do all the time, especially a friend's blog who now has more followers than me - gasp -sob. But I have to step back and realize what I offer my readers i different than hers. It isn't about the numbers but the quality. It is making friendships along the way and just creatively expressing oneself.

Thanks for your honesty and your wonderful projects. As a fellow renter I can feel your pain {except I am allowed to paint walls, sadly not the oak kitchen cabinets though - sniff}

Debra said...

I think most of us feel this way. I know I do. Everyday I am thinking what I can do diffently - or do I need to do anything differently. Yes, I am a worrier, too! But you are right - we need to be who we are - some people will like it - some won't - just like in our 'real' lives. And I know you didn't write this post to hear this but I really enjoy visiting your blog each day. :) Thanks!

Kolein said...

I truly believe we are in this "thang" together...offering up who we are and what we have. It's a network of beauties that has opened the door to the 'front porch' - back in the day when ladies all gathered together and quilted or painted or cooked. We cannot be connected physically, only in spirit sharing who we are. And we are doing the best that we can in this modern age. However, truth be told, I wish I had the front porch sometimes!!!

Thank you for this post!

xo
~Kolein

tessie said...

Your blog is the first that I go to every day. I love your honesty as well as your ideas. Thanks for being you!

" me " said...

I think you're too busy worrying about what others think of your blog : you're blog identity is just the way you make your blog now. And I believe a lot of people like to read him the way it is. If someone thinks it's not a fun blog, than it's his/hers problem : just do what YOU want to do, not because what others might think of it. You're doing ok !!!

denese said...

...and here's to you! I applaud you for your honesty and will love your blog even more.

xxoo - denese
www.plumlife.typepad.com

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I appreciate your honesty. This isn't high school where we compare ourselves to the homecoming queen...but it is real life...
Blogging gives us great joy, wonderful friends, a never ending list of fun projects and recipes to try. But most of all...we should be better because blogging helps us be who we are, and enjoy those who laugh and cry with us. I love your blog. I try to enjoy each blog for what it brings to the table...that is how I look at life too.
Thanks for your humbleness and honesty.
Blessings,
Debbie

Chelsea Cooley said...

I am new to the blogging world and very wary of the etiquette and whether or not I am worth reading! I also hate being the center of attention and feel slightly "on display." When it all boils down to it, sure, I would love to gain readership, but my ultimate inspiration is my number one fan, my grandmother. She loves reading my writing! She is far from tech savvy, and I have to e-mail her my posts, but if she is my only reader than I am happy!

This post gave me new encouragement about my blogging worries!

Tuire said...

Your blog is just perfect! I am also surprised how important my blog and other blogs are to me. :)

Heidi said...

I dont think you have anything to worry about! :) Be positive

chickhardware.blogspot.com

nateandkatesmom said...

I started my blog just a couple of years ago, mainly for my own purpose, like a family journal. I only shared it with a couple of people at first. Now while it is still very much a family blog, I love to share my decorating (I'm a wannabee decorator) crafting, and recipes. Talk about identity crisis!
I sure don't have enough talent to break out a new blog dedicated to those things, but I like sharing them anyhow. I have a handful of followers and I would certainly feel the pressure if I had as many as you do, so I'm glad I don't! But I must say, I get giddy whenever another follower is added, even if it is only my family member or next door neighbor, and not a stranger from across the world. It still makes me want to blog some more. So I know how you feel...sort-of. I love your blog just the way it is!

Elle said...

Great post! I feel the same way. But I have more reason. Just my opinion of course.

New follower from the Wednesday Window. Simple Wyrdings

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

my theory is that everything in live is ever evolving.... style, personalities, blogs- nothing is stagnant, and that is the beauty of it! be you, and do what feels right! i like your blog and will keep reading!

Marisa said...

I just started following blogs (yours too) and this is my first comment ever! I just had to tell you that you sound a whole lot like me and I really needed to read this right now!!! Its great to know Im not the only one who compares myself to everyone else, or the only worry wort out there. Keep up the good work...your blog was special enough to get my attention :)!

Piper said...

I happened upon your blog last week...(but of course in my life things don't just happen, they are things are predestined by God)and I wanted to revisit Monday and I couldn't remember the name!! I did a frantic search yesterday and FINALLY the name came to me.... and I made sure to subscribe to your blog. I lost track of time and was on way too long. I am not a blogger....well... I started one over a year ago (well never actually started it but I did name it)...but well...maybe for all the reasons you seem to worry about your blog is why I never wrote the first post. I have a dear friend that uses her blog to record her family sort of like scrapbooking and she shares her life & her faith through her blog. She is funny encouraging and by her blog she has it all together. I on the other hand.... I am not sure if I would have a purpose for a blog. Other than random entries about my much too busy life....
We are in the midst of redoing our floors and I was looking for some tips because I have no decorating talent PERIOD and when I found your blog I loved it and I love that you allow others to show their talents through your blog as well. I don't usually post comments on blogs I stalk...(lol!) but I just had to let you know that I love it! Wish I was as creative as you....you don't happen to live in NC do ya??? Thanks for sharing!!!

Katie said...

My husband and I had this exact discussion last night. I feel the same way about my little blog time to time and when it hits, it hits hard. Thank you for writing this..coming from you, whose blog I truly admire, I really appreciated this post. Keep being you, we love you and your blog!

Katie

Shaunna said...

Gorgeous post. Loved hearing your thoughts...something we all need to hear and believe...because it's the truth. THanks for YOUR heart.
:-)
shaunna

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

I hear ya! As a new blogger my reason was for an outlet but the thoughts about what will people like? what if I post that and my followers delete me? they keep creeping in and I have to keep telling myself just be you cause you dont have the time or energy to pretend to be someone else. Thanks for the words its nice to see that I'm not the only one, I enjoy your blog just as you are.

Lee Ann said...

You go girl! You keep on being you.

I love looking to other blogs for inspiration; but, I try not to be them. I cringe when I see obvious copycats in language and/or pictures on various blogs. It makes me ask myself if they are being true to themselves or not. If I cringe at that, then I know I need to be true to myself. And, let me tell you, it's a hard thing to do because I'm a people pleaser and I worry about what others may think. And, I shouldn't do that. Instead, I should just continue to be the best me I can be.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wonderful post Wendy! You have a special blog, because of you! Janell

jociegal said...

Great post. And, so you know, your blog is one of my favorites, for what it's worth!!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

nice post! and i think being yourself is what blogging's all about! i'm now a new follower (sold!). i'm new to blogging, so please stop by!

gina3 said...

Your point is perfect and well said. I think with as many followers as you have, you must be doing something right. I follow it because I like it and I'm picky in the blogs I follow. I only have about 400 followers which is 395 more than I ever thought I would have so I've exceeded my expectations just being me. I don't know how to be anything else.

JILB said...

Wendy,
You and your blog are uniquely you, and I as well as many others appreciate that. I was let go from a long standing job of 10 years in 2008. If I hadn't found the blogging world for insight and inspiration I don't know what I would have done. I am just now working again, but making nothing near what I was, sans my retirement which we lived on. However, knowing that I can still having a comfortable home, loving my daughter and endowed with the inspiration of women like yourself my life is good and getting better. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, creativity and talent. ~Jil~

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

Thanks for sharing with such honesty. What you are saying is so true. As a new blogger I take what you say about being yourself as encouragement and good advice.

freckled laundry said...

Loved this honest post, Wendy. "I need to look at other blogs for their inspiration. But I need NOT compare myself to them." So true. There is only one of us & authenticity goes a long way. Thanks for being you!

Hugs,
Jami

Caroline Green said...

My dear old friend, Love your blog! Don't change a thing about it. It's you and it's great! Best to you and your darling family.

Hyphen Interiors said...

I love these little authentic heart to heart posts that you do. They are always relatable and make your blog all that more appealing. Keep up the good work - you are obviously well liked just the way you are!

Chrystina said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Seriously- it needed three :) I just started blogging (1st post yesterday!) and I SO needed to hear this. And btw, yours was one of the first blog I ever started to follow, I LOVE IT. Don't stop being you.

Patsy said...

I'm new to your blog but I really enjoy it. I started a blog a couple of years ago, but once I realized people, especially people I knew, were reading it I got very inhibited and actually stopped writing almost a year. I too look at previous posts and cringe. I recently started again and am trying harder to just be myself.

A Rosy Note said...

Ohhh I love this post. This is how I feel all the time. I'm a big worrier too and once I look around at all the wonderful things everyone is posting about I start feeling pretty bad about my own blog. I've also, recently, come to the realization that the only thing I know how to do really, really well is be myself and I'm trying harder to make my blog more of a reflection of who I am.

Your blog is great, try to put your worries to the side :)

~Tricia

Dana @ SweetThings said...

I enjoyed this post so much. Thank you for being honest and real about your feelings. This is what draws me to your blog each day. You have a special gift. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!

Michelle "Chaos Caretaker" www.containchaos.com said...

I read blogs for their honesty. It inspires me to look at myself in new ways. So when I almost decided to give up blogging , I took a second look at my reality. I now blog when I can on what I can. I do it for me. I am glad that you are keeping it real. www.containchaos.com

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Thanks for the reminder, beautifully worded! :)

Serendipity Chic Design said...

I know you don't know me, but let me tell you why I like you as opposed to "the most popular" bloggers...

1. You obviously don't have "the it's all about me attitude"...

2. If you are funny, you are funny. You don't have to try hard or be obnoxious while doing it....

3. You don't repeat a different post with the same pictures over and over and over again....

4. You have a natural talent....

5. You are a down to earth gal...

Guess this comment also lets you know who and the posts of others that drive me crazy....LOL!!

Take care,
Lisa

oneshabbychick said...

GREAT post! Very well-put. And inspiring to this newbie... but I suspect that, like for you, there will always be doubts and insecurities that go along with my blogging. Thank you for this! Just what I needed to hear... again and again and again ;-)

Gabby said...

I'm extremely new to the blogging world. I've been a SAHM for two years. I have a degree in Health Administration, but after countless numbers of applications, I've gotten nowhere. I even took a semester of grad school when I was pregnant with my son. Just wasn't clicking with the program (and neither was the pregnancy). I tried going back for nursing last year, and I got in...lost financial aid. While I enjoyed staying at home with my son, I felt like I wasn't doing enough to provide for my family. It's a silly thing to say, but it is what it is.

My blog has helped me to feel part of something. It's fun and inspiring to read others and then get the chance to create something of my own. However, I do feel like I'm in a rush to catch up with everyone else. It all kind of sucks you in! Then I sit back and think, this should be about doing what I want to do, go at my own pace, and enjoy. Thanks for your post. I really admire your "blogging talent," and it's nice to see that no matter how long you've been around in the blogging world, we can all still relate.

Meagan, in house nester said...

I think in so many fields, including blogging, people experience 'imposer' syndrome or extreme self doubt. You are not alone - it has crossed every single bloggers brain at some point, some more than others. And I could not agree with you more - just be who you are. End of story! We love it!
Meagan
The Row House Nest
www.rowhousenest.com

Ashley @ Coffee and Apple Juice said...

I was just thinking along these lines the other day. I was reading somebody's blog thinking.."I need to learn how to write like her." and then I thought, why?!? My blog is mine and I just need to be ME!!