So I have some observations and also some questions that don't necessarily have a right or wrong answer.
Or any answer at all really.
And just so you know, I'm writing this with complete honesty and without any snark intended.
Or not much anyway.
I'm always a little snarky ;)
For those of you that have been around Blogland a long time, like I have...
Is it weird that this little world of ours has kind of turned into what I like to call "decorataholics anonymous"?
To clarify, (as you old timers know) back in the old RMS days (HGTV's Rate My Space site for you newbies) and early blogging days, we were friends that just wanted to share our latest finds. We loved to add touches to our homes here and there, and of course we'd decorate for the holidays every year, and sometimes we'd have a big renovation we'd share.
We'd even share our joys and heartbreaks.
And although, there are quite a few of us that still do this, times have changed.
Stick with me.
I'm not really trying to wax poetic about the old days.
I think I've done quite enough of that ;)
In the last few years, Blogland has turned up a whole other blogger that builds up a room, tears it down and then builds it up again, yearly.
I mean, I can understand changing a paint color after a certain amount of time, or updating a room when you're sick of it, or changing out pieces of furniture or nicknacks all the time.
After all we are bloggers ;)
But gutting something like a kitchen, down to the studs, that they supposedly loved after it was redone only to start all over again?
In a year??
It just doesn't make any sense to me.
It used to be, in the dark ages, unless you redid your home yourself, that you would hire a professional designer that would come in and decorate your home for profit.
Either way, it lasted for at least five years and sometimes a whole lot longer.
Sometimes, horror of horror, for 20 years or even 30!
Now, with blogs, everyone is a decorator and they seem to be redoing their own homes over and over again, instead of others peoples homes (for the most part), and vying for advertisers or a spot in a magazine.
We (as in bloggers in general, not me) have actually almost replaced the magazine and turned into something else entirely and the advertisers know it.
"Everyone" is an expert and the more popular bloggers are, the more people listen, and all their homes are either starting to look the same or they're trying to one up each other to start a new trend.
Don't you think that's odd?
Of course, I really have nothing to say about it. I'm not a decorator and I don't have a decorating blog per se, I'm just in the middle of an
extremely slow renovation.
Heck, to be totally honest, I'm just a girl that loves her old house and likes to share it in the hopes that my love of old homes will rub off on at least a few people and they'll be encouraged to save some poor old dilapidated house, and that they'll understand how important it is.
Well, that and I love visiting with all my sweet friends in Blogland.
But once my rooms are done, they're pretty much done with the exception of, for example, a new lamp or a new chair, but only because I want to make the one I have work, until I have the right thing. But you won't see me pulling out all the kitchen cabinets in my home only to keep redoing it incessantly.
Pffft.... these 1930s cabinets are here to stay! ;)
For all the love that people profess of reuse and recycle, we certainly seem to be a throwaway group.
I've also noticed that a lot of the bloggers that I loved finally gave up when the competition became too much. Or at least that's the gist I've gotten from some emails I've received from old friends.
God knows I'm not here for that.
And for those of you that are somewhat new to blogging,
Does all of this seem odd to you as well?
I know quite a few of you have made apologies for not being as wonderful as you think you should be.
I think that's sad.
Blogland is or was supposed to be a place where you can share what you want no matter what.
A place to be yourself and not a copy of someone else.
Perhaps even an inspiration to others that share the same loves that you do.
As I've said before, it's your home to do with it as you want.
There is no competition for a place called home.
Unless I guess it's only there to make money.
That's up to you.
No judging here.
If not, just enjoy yourselves.
There's a lot of us that just want to share and be heard and make friends.
If the advertisers come that's great.
Nothing wrong with making a little extra change ;)
If not though, it doesn't mean that you don't have someone out there that loves your stye and loves what you do.
We're all individuals and we all like different things and there's always someone out there that shares that love.
Even if the majority doesn't.
It's YOUR home.
No matter what.
Before everyone gets in a snit and tears anyone down, let me just say that there's nothing wrong with redoing your home over and over, if that's what you're into. This is just an observation of mine that I don't understand.
Please be nice :)
All wildflowers in this post are courtesy of my backyard :)