Wednesday, November 21, 2012

the big picture.

i wonder how many woman get to looking at blogs and forget that they're not actually getting the full picture. been there.

thankfully i've learned to look at a blog or an image on pinterest with a "grain of salt" if you will.

i'll teach you...

1. are there advertisements of any kind on the blog? if yes, than this blogger might be making some cash, so you're seeing their job, not their home life.

2. are there obvious indications that the person blogging is a photographer?  then they understand lighting and framing. they know how to make everything look hot and they have fancy equipment to make their vision possible. they might even know a thing or two about photoshop.

3. are they always happy? always the perfect mom? always crafting up a storm? always dressing ritzy? ask yourself- what do they do on days when they don't post? you only see a tiny sliver of their world. for every hundred photos taken on a given day they may only post one.

4. does their house always look clean? how do they do that with kids running around? again, you only see the public gallery. look at the top picture i posted... you might never have known the baby was in the eye of a storm.

i say these things not to discourage people from reading these types of blogs or to even accuse these bloggers of doing anything wrong. i tell you these things because i know how envy feels. i combat it pretty consistently, and knowing we're all in the same boat seems to help me avoid self-pity.


amateur idler said...

Yes! I appreciated this.

Laura S. said...

This has been a running theme lately, but you've just inspired me to be a more honest blogger. Thanks.

Laura said...

Oops, that was me, and yes you can expect a post about it soon.

BAWC said...

You are a breath of fresh air.

Scott and Stacia said...

I LOVE this post! I love the picture example you use. I love that I have friends that don't hide the true side of being a busy mom. If I thought everyone else's house was always spotless I would be down...thinking I couldn't do it. Instead I am able to know that life is busy and that we can set goals to be a better person and have a cleaner home.