Yesterday, I was talking to my sister on the phone and she asked me a question I knew one of my sisters would ask me soon.
“Jen! I noticed you haven’t posted in a while. Why haven’t you posted?”
I had been dreading this question. I know that might seem silly, but I really had. I am going to do my best to explain why.
Starting a blog is something that I have been thinking and talking about for a long time. I feel like I have a clear, unique message and focus that others can benefit from hearing. As I sat down to write my fourth post a couple of weeks ago, I found myself unable to determine what to share.
I have read tons of information on how to start a successful blog and they the same thing… you should have pictures on each post, they all need to be a certain amount of words, you need to be consistent, your pictures need to be cohesive throughout all of your posts, etc. And then I thought about how I absolutely need to be true to myself with everything I share too. I have so many things I am passionate about and want to write about, but how do I find a happy medium? How do I share about my life that includes my faith without being preachy? How do I share my talents and love for paper crafts without seeming like the pushy sales person? How do I share things that I am passionate about without offending someone or making them feel like I don’t have love or compassion for them just because we disagree? How do I balance those things with more practical homemaking and design things? The list goes on…
I had/have been studying and thinking about the effects of social media on the world and how much people pattern their lives after and want to be like social media influencer’s. Women and girls especially compare themselves to others seemingly perfect lives and perfect homes and perfect bodies. It is for this reason that I feel a great responsibility to authentically represent myself here. I don’t have a perfect life, my home is not always put together, and I definitely do not have a perfect body.
Also, fair warning, I don’t have 6 (or any) photos to add to this post as recommended so pretend I posted 1 or 2 here.
So there you have it. The reason I haven’t posted in a while is that I got in my own head about it. I became so overwhelmed with the expectations I am supposed to have for this new endeavor I have chosen, that I could not find a starting place to continue. I don’t ever want to be an “Infuencer” but I do hope that by sharing about my life in the most authentic and honest way possible that I can positively influence others to just live happily each and every day.
Pretend I posted 2 or 3 photos here too please.
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