As a blogger, I've always wanted to be more like my dear sweet friend, Kim.
After all, she's the reason I started blogging.
And it's no wonder...
No matter what may be going on in her life, she always manages to see beauty in her everyday world.
She snaps gorgeous pictures.
She writes beautiful words.
And you read and see these wonderful creations of hers and not only do you feel like you know her, but you also feel like the world is a comfy cozy place where there is no pain or sorrow.
The reason behind this is that she's writing from her heart and being her own sweet self.
But the thing is...
even if I tried to be more like her,
and as much as I did try in the beginning, all those years ago,
I know that I'll never have her eye for photography or her way of using the written word.
I can't be her, because I'm not her.
And that's okay, because...
I have my own way of seeing things through a lens and I have my own way of wording what I want to say.
I may not always give you the warm and fuzzies and God knows, my blog will never be perfect, far from it, but it will always be
Which leads me to the point I'm trying to make.
If you don't want to be just another person in this boring world of perfection that Blogland has become.
If you want to show everyone a roadrunner that you spied in your tree.
If you want to share a moment in time, but the house is a bit messy, because your pups have just left their cozy chairs.
Post it anyway.
You don't have to do anything I tell you to do.
I'm not the authority on anything except my own life.
And sometimes I question that ;)
But I will say this...
I would rather read about things that interest you, than what you think I want to read.
Unless you want to be the blog that shows people how to boil an egg.
You haven't seen this?
I kid you not, there are blog posts about it.
I know, because I clicked on one of them recently, thinking maybe it was written with humor.
Now, I get that there may be some people that don't know how to boil an egg and although that scares me on some level, I'm assuming that the people that are trying to learn how to do this common culinary feat, have heard of google.
And maybe I'm wrong (it wouldn't be the first time) and these women are really passionate about teaching people how to boil an egg, but my guess is that they're trying to compete with all the how-to blogs out there.
And they couldn't think of anything else.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Now don't get me wrong...
I love a good how-to, just as much as the next person.
but when there's no personality behind it, I might as well be reading an owners manual on how to run a lawn mower.
My apologies if you find that stuff fascinating.
My other friend, Kim is a great example of how to put personality into how-to posts.
After all, she makes me think about making beautiful wreaths, like she does, until I remember that I don't craft.
Come to think of it, maybe I would read about how to run a lawnmower if she wrote it.
That's a good tutorialist right there ;)
Yes, I just made up that word.
I have many other friends that have the ability to inspire me as well.
Just look at my sidebar and you'll see all sorts of bloggers that will inspire you to do all sorts of things you didn't think you wanted to do.
Anyway, back to the eggs....
(I know, I know, but stick with me.)
Another friend, Benita posted about boiling eggs, but it was funny because the eggs exploded all over her kitchen.
She wrote it in self deprecating humor and it was great, because she was being her hilarious self.
Not to say that anyone has to be funny or beautiful or anything in particular, but I do think that you need to be you and not another person showing people how to do the same damn thing over and over.
I said it.
You know what's not boring?
Say it with me...
So, if you're dying to post a tutorial on boiling an egg..
go for it!
Own that egg boiling post.
But be you.
People will read just about anything if it comes from your heart.
You know how I know?
Because you just read this whole post ;)
Kim would never write something that snarky,
but someone has to and it might as well be