Lately I’ve been collecting blogs.
I must first admit to having always been a collector of things. So much so that I was very surprised when “Input” wasn’t one of my strengths discovered via StrengthsFinder 2.0. Horses, leaves, magazines, music, photos, cameras . . . and always dreaming up/attempting new ways of cataloguing and organizing (but usually never completing before moving on to my next obsession). Maybe I should have gone into library science? I’m sure it plays into my life somehow, but I have yet to find it as I remain relatively unorganized in general. And, I need to add, I am not a hoarder. Promise.
Anyway, back to the blogs . . . .
Collecting blogs. A few weeks back I cleaned out my google reader subscriptions and got rid of everything. I had reached the point where I wasn’t even checking it because there was too much content and I didn’t want to read all of it (why did I think it was a good idea to subscribe to boing boing and CL missed connections?! Content overload). So I started fresh and started collecting blogs that entertained me and inspired me.
Practical photographers, fashion, honesty, peeks into others’ lives, some lifestyle, cuteness . . . all things that have drawn me in.
Like clockwork, the blog envy began to set in. “Why can’t I do this?” or “This is so focused . . . where’s my focus?” and “Why don’t I have as many comments? What am I doing wrong?”
But this time I told myself to shut up. These other blogs are the way they are because they are other people’s blogs.
Maybe if I was more type-A I’d have more of a focus with scheduled posts. But I’m not.
Maybe if I was really into fashion I would have a fashion blog, but I’m not. Spending money on new clothes and spending hours in front of a mirror and in my closet has never been my priority–I choose a more simple route.
Maybe if I wanted to mess with the color of my photos and apply a million filters to them I would achieve the same cutesy, vintage look a lot of others use. But I don’t want to.
I don’t need to imitate everything I see in order to gain blog perfection. If I did that, there would be no real creativity or person behind the posts. I don’t need to follow a “how to blog” or “how to photograph” checklist to the t. That’s not who I am, and I don’t know why so often I find myself going down this road of thinking I need to shape myself, my content, in a certain way to fit this mold. That’s the opposite of what I wish to accomplish.
A prime example: I see many bloggers who are partaking in Project Life. I think this Project is AMAZING and love what it stands for. The pages I see others have created are gorgeous and stir up envy. However, this is not my project. I already document the crap out of everything–that won’t change. It would be an expensive undertaking with supply and printing costs. I can’t see myself sitting down and planning and creating those pages. And there are other ways I could make physical documentation of my days to my own specifications, such as blurb or custom printing from Universal Printing. While I don’t discredit what anyone else is doing, I just know that isn’t my way–and I keep having to fight off the urge to do it.
Even now I am sitting here thinking, “Am I really about to post an entry this long without a picture? Will anyone even read it?”
I kick myself and remind me to keep doing things my way. To keep surrounding myself with beautiful blogs for the purposes of inspiration and not imitation. I need to keep doing my own thing. It may not be “popular” or always “the prettiest,” but it is mine and that will mean more in the long run than providing content like it’s a homework assignment.
Since I’m on the topic, I’m curious: What are your favorite blogs for inspiration? And how did you find me?