One of the trickiest things about being a content producer (i.e. a blogger) is: we want to produce good quality content. This is the content that at times gets picked up for a magazine, or shared on a company's website. We spend a lot of time on our photography and our styling to be professional.
But if we aren't careful, it makes our lives look "glossed over." We look larger than life, that we have it all together. And yet--cutting oneself (or one's family) down frequently online with "real talk" isn't much different than a comedian who uses themselves as the brunt of the joke. It is simply not healthy.
Today I feel led to share a few "facts" that are true for me and for some bloggers I know.
It is our job
For those of us who treat blogging like our job, there are emails to answer every week. Ideas to pitch to companies and magazines. Shoots to schedule. Photos to edit. We hustle because we believe in what we do. Beyond that--most of us have other jobs too. I support social media/design freelance clients in addition to the time I give to Tag&Tibby each week. I pick up our kids at 2:45pm and do my best not to work during family time. Often I catch up from 8-9 after they go to bed. Like other working moms--I often have to pick deadlines over doing the dishes.
It is tempting to crop out the messy
Its tempting to crop out the messy. Or at least Photoshop it. Because we are trying to be professional and grow our business. And then there is the flip side, at least for me--as my kids get older I want to respect their privacy and no over-share about them. So its a balance. And a struggle to figure out. But know that I am conscientious of it!
We feel called to do it
I feel called to what I do. I believe I'm using the skills God has gifted me with. I want to encourage others that making a house a home doesn't need to cost a lot of money. Recipes can be easy. And you can find wreaths at the thrift store. From a business perspective, I see a future in it. And it brings me joy.
It can be isolating
I work from home everyday and don't talk to many people. When I do go out and meet with people its like "oh yeah! this is fun! I can be social!" Isolation can happen to all of us--whether we are single, stay at home moms, or we travel too frequently to connect with others locally. If you are feeling that way seek out local connections. Don't give up on making friends.
We are committed
Here's my commitment to you: I will supply the site with 1 original/new project a week (an inspiring recipe, DIY tutorial, or home design idea). And the rest? We will just have to see how life is going that week. I would love to do more, but that is what I can commit to as an individual, a wife, and a mom. Your support and readership are greatly appreciated!