{Thoughts on Blogging & Such}

I’ve been thinking a lot this week. About everything, but mostly about blogging. Sometimes I am totally feeling social media and the blogosphere and all that. I feel so incredibly inspired by everything I see and read, and I feel proud to be part of such an amazing and supportive community. Other days I wonder why I blog and I feel kind of like a weirdo for doing it. I get insecure when I think about people in my life who might come here and read my blog and think it’s stupid, think I’m too positive, think I’m bragging, think I’m ugly or dumb or can’t write. I think all of these terrible things. Sometimes I desperately want to put more time and effort into this blog – have more sponsors, more followers, more comments. And then other times I wonder why the hell I even care about that stuff? Who cares how many visits I get? Why am I blogging anyway? It’s a question I am seriously thinking about. To be honest, I don’t get very deep on my blog. I am a very thoughtful and inquisitive person, but I stay pretty surface level around here. There are lots of reasons for that. For one, I don’t know who’s out there reading this blog so it can be super intimidating (and frankly a little strange) to bare my soul to all of you. And on the other hand, I can’t stop thinking about how more often than not when I tell people I know in “real life” I write a blog, I just get really weird stares and questions wondering why I would put my life on the internet. It is pretty weird if you think about it, right? But most days I know why. It’s because I read all these blogs that give me such great ideas for anything and everything (dinner, crafts, gifts, you name it!), I read blogs about people who make me want to be a better wife, sister and daughter, I read blogs that remind me to be thankful for everything I have and everything I experience in life. I want to be one of those blogs for my readers. I want you all to come here and to feel good and happy and inspired and feel like if you have a dream then you should go out and get after it. I never, ever want anyone to come here and read what I write and think I’m just bragging or that I think I am the coolest person ever who cooks and bakes and takes photos and has an amazing husband and perfect little life. Yeah, right. NOBODY is perfect. I wear ugly things, lose my temper, feel depressed some days and wonder why anyone would ever look up to me. But this blog helps me find the good in my life, in myself and in the world. I don’t want to come here and post about how mad or sad I feel about some things because who’s that going to help? Not me and not you. I actually have no idea where I’m going with this. This week was just one of those weeks where I was feeling a little more reclusive and private and didn’t feel like posting much. But I wanted to come here and “talk” to you in a sort of stream of consciousness. I just wanted to be real and to let you in on a few things that were going on in my head. I don’t know where I want this blog to go or what I really want the purpose of it to be. But as long as I am inspiring you and as long as I’m having fun then I’m going to keep at it. I appreciate every single one of you for coming here to see what I post and I love hearing from you guys. Sorry for the rambling today. I hope at least one person will read this and relate to my random thoughts 🙂

We’re off to Berlin tomorrow so I’ve got to go pack and clean (the not-so-glamorous part of traveling!). Hope you all are having a wonderful week. 

And what’s a post without a photo? I snapped this one a couple weekends ago on an evening walk in Amsterdam. 

81 thoughts on “{Thoughts on Blogging & Such}

  1. Liz, I feel the exact same way and do off and on all the time. It's a relief actually to know you do too sometimes.

    I love your blog – you inspire me so much in photography and fashion and actually remind me SO much of one of my closest friends back in the States. Usually when I read what you write, it's like hearing her – wise, fashionable, a great wife, and a hard worker. I also love your blog for the fact that I got to meet you through it/because of it! Keep doing what you're doing. (: It's one of my favorites.

  2. Funnily enough I thought about deleting my blog a couple od days ago. ALl these questions: why do I? who reads it? what's the point? why bother? flooded me. Maybe there's something in the air… or water…

    but it keeps me focused and creative. And yeah we could block it from people (I think) and write it just for us, but we're vain creatures – humans.

  3. I am in the same.exact.boat. I do admire a lot of bloggers who pour their deepest thoughts in their blog. I'm not quite there yet. Like you, I'm super inspired by other bloggers, and I could never imagine giving up on that. Your blog is adorable, and I so enjoy seeing your pictures and following you along your journey. Keep it up!:)

  4. 1) I have never ever thought you brag on your blog. I've told you this before, but your blog has inspired me for a long time.
    2) We all know that nobody's life is perfect, and that's ok. We all make blogs what we want them to be, because they belong to us… and no one else. Sure lots and lots of people read your blog, but you have ownership over it. 😉 Make it what you want it to be.. and you know people will love it.
    3) Most people in real life don't really get the blogging thing, but they don't have too. You don't blog for them right? =P

    Anyway, I feel the same thoughts you wrote about all the time.. and I think we all do. Please please don't stop blogging 🙂

    Have a great trip

  5. Liz,

    Please don't stop blogging. I love reading your blog. It inspires me to travel more and maybe start a blog of my own someday soon.

    Totally understand getting in a funk somedays and questioning all that we do. If blogging makes you happy, then I say, keep blogging. But if you're not happy blogging, then I completely understand, if you stop.

    Just know I think you're inspiring!

    Jess

  6. Keeping a blog is not a promise to anyone. Do with it whatever you like! None of my friends or family know I keep one (well just my sister) not because I'm hiding anything, but because I like to write in it whenever I feel like it. I sometimes dont post for days just because I dont feel like it. I also take terrible quality photos, but I don't blog to gain followers so much as to express myself when I feel like it, regardless of who sees it. And by the way- I think all your posts are beautiful, as are you. Have a great trip to Berlin! Maybe take a blogging break for awhile 🙂

  7. Good lord it is like you are speaking the words inside of my head. I always worry that people think that I am bragging or trying to come off as something that I am not. I just like keeping my blog a positive space.

    And beyond anything else, what you said about your blog helping you find the beauty in your life – amen. I make the time to create so many more beautiful projects and delicious meals because of my blog. I live in the moment and take photos of family because of my blog. It has been a catalyst to so much good.

    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Hi! I've never blogged and have never read other's blogs until one day I just happened to stumble upon yours…I'm not sure how it happened, but I keep coming back! It's fun to see someone else's life and adventures, I've never been out of the country and with a career and baby at home, won't be going anywhere exciting like Amsterdam in quite a while! I'm glad you and other's like you blog about their lives! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I too understand what you mean. Often times I want to be less on the surface on my blog, but then I wonder how much is too much when sharing online. A big part of me thinks that personal things need to stay personal & it's healthy to keep personal problems/situations personal… But then the other part of me knows that to really connect with people you have to be open… And then I think, what does it matter if I connect with people online… People I don't even know.

    And as far as people in real life, I rarely share my blog with people I know personally because if they don't blog, they think blogging is weird. Seems like only bloggers *get* bloggers. 😉

  10. You are definitely not alone. I think the hardest part for me is knowing that my friends, family and random people from high school (even a college professor) read my blog. Insecurity is an understatement. Sometimes I wish I had never started blogging so that I don't feel guilty if I give up, but I think about the friendships I've made and the inspiration I get from other blogs and I remember that I'm doing this for myself. Don't leave us! Your photography inspires me.

  11. I'm pretty sure that every person that writes a blog has been where you are.

    And that's okay.

    As long as writing makes you happy, I say you keep doing it! And I'll keep reading because I think your little home on the blogosphere is simply lovely! :o)

  12. I just started reading your blog about 2 mo ago. I love it! I'm your age and newly engaged and your relationship and travels are such an inspiration to me. I used to have a fashion blog in college and sometimes it does feel odd as if you are trying to portray that you have a perfect life-but that's not the intention! Like you said it's just about staying positive. If your blog makes you happy keep it up and remind yourself why you love it when you're feeling doubtful. Just stay balanced-there's a world beyond the Internet and followers. If there wasn't you'd have nothing to blog about!

  13. oh liz. i totally feel you on this and have felt that way a.lot. particularly lately. it can get really awkward for me when someone knows I have a blog… like in real life. but i'm glad i have the guts to blog… a lot of people don't.

    i have to say i am really grateful to the blogosphere because it led me to you (: … blogging stretches you to do things you wouldn't normally (visit a stranger in paris!), open up where you wouldn't, care about people who you'd otherwise never know, and it inspires us all to live more intentionally and to love bigger and better. to go after our dreams! that's the kind of blog you are for me! thanks for this thoughtful post, liz! hoping you and corey a lovely holiday in Berlin… from the looks of instagram it is quite amazing!!! can't wait to see pictures.

  14. i feel the exact same way! it's such a fine line and hard not to feel like you're bragging. i often wonder if people even care about what i'm saying!

    thank you for sharing!

  15. Oh Liz, i've been thinking the exactly the same stuff and you just worded it perfectly. I've even wanted to blog about this, but was too afraid to say how I really felt about it all, so kudos for being so brave and just saying it. This is when I love blogging the most: when someone writes something so brutally honest that the readers feel like they're sitting in the same room as you, sharing their hopes and fears. Thats how you know that the authors are real and that there are people going through the same emotions as you are. Its comforting. You are not the only one. I barely blog at all, though I want to. All that stuff you said about feeling insecure about the people you know and your friends not understanding why you blog – I share those same insecurities, so much so that a lot of the time it stops me from writing my posts when I'm feeling inspired and sit down to write one. I end up questioning too much and then lose my train of thought and thus my post! I stop myself because I think people will just read them, miss the point and think that they're full of self importance. It's sad. And all the other stuff: the followers, the page views etc. I think about that too. But at the end of the day, you're blog is for you and people don't have to read it, but they do. And while the numbers, views etc don't matter, you're blog is very popular anyway. I personally love your blog, so please don't stop blogging. You can never know what people think of you, but you certainly don't come across as any of those things you mentioned. I think you're honest, beautiful, grateful, happy and positive and that you want to share your experiences with the world, which is what most bloggers blog for. And rest assured, there is nothing wrong with that. Blog on, please 🙂 xxx

  16. I couldn't agree more. I think about this all the time. I even got a little nervous a few months back when I had like 400 followers and deleted half of them because I was afraid they might be creepers. How terrible is that? But it's really interesting to be part of this blog world. And I can totally relate with people thinking you're weird because you blog. I told one of my coworkers the other day and she asked me like 4x if I was actually serious. Ugh people can be lame!

    Around the time I deleted all of those followers, I stopped posting as often and my comments are like slim to none now, but I feel like I have more personal space again.

    I wasn't really sure why or if comments really motivated me. Now I just blog the things that come to mind every now and then, and I do it for myself 🙂

    Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy is the bottom line 😀 Sorry for the novel!!

  17. I couldn't agree more. I think about this all the time. I even got a little nervous a few months back when I had like 400 followers and deleted half of them because I was afraid they might be creepers. How terrible is that? But it's really interesting to be part of this blog world. And I can totally relate with people thinking you're weird because you blog. I told one of my coworkers the other day and she asked me like 4x if I was actually serious. Ugh people can be lame!

    Around the time I deleted all of those followers, I stopped posting as often and my comments are like slim to none now, but I feel like I have more personal space again.

    I wasn't really sure why or if comments really motivated me. Now I just blog the things that come to mind every now and then, and I do it for myself 🙂

    Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy is the bottom line 😀 Sorry for the novel!!

  18. totally definitely without a doubt was thinking these same thoughts the past few weeks or so. I feel like as long as I'm writing about what I want to write about, and being true to myself, then that's why I blog and I'll continue to do so. When it becomes a “chore” or consuming, then I unplug and re-evaluate things:-) xoxo

  19. I can totally relate, and I think a lot of other bloggers understand as well. I find the blog world incredibly inspiring, and have “met” so many amazing women from my blog, but it is a bit strange if you start thinking about sharing your life on the internet. I started my blog to motivate myself to take pictures for myself outside of those I take for work and it continues to be a happy place to share bits of my life and photography. And your little piece of the internet is also a beautiful positive place you should be proud of. 🙂

  20. totally hear what you're saying about this – i just starting a little blog this past fall and am grappling with a lot of the same issues. i absolutely adore your blog and find it motivating, inspiring, happiness-inducing so please keep up the awesome work!

  21. I've had these exact same thoughts as well and think you shared them beautifully! Your blog does inspire and as long as you are staying true to yourself and writing from your heart, people will be drawn to that! You have a beautiful little space on the internet and I've loved following along!

  22. i think these same thoughts have been going around a lot. i had this talk with megan at across the pond the other day, and i totally agree. i have definitely thought the same things about people “in real life” thinking i'm crazy for having a blog.

    and i was totally serious when i said on instagram you should sell your photos. your amsterdam shots are seriously amazing!

  23. it's so refreshing to read such an honest and introspective post. i share many of these sentiments. thanks for writing about this… it's cool to know that i'm not the only one who feels like a weirdo for having a blog.

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