Today’s theme over at A Playful Day’s Love Your Blog Challenge is “ugly.” Hurrah! Hurrah for the ugly! I really mean it.
Let’s face it. Life isn’t always pretty. And when you weigh pretty v. ugly on a daily basis, you probably get something in between. Life looks a little less Monet and a little more messy Pollock. And that’s ok. But, we live in an age of beautiful Pins, lovely photography/lifestyle blogs, and self-help guru cheerleaders. But, it doesn’t have to be hard to love your blog even if it’s not going to end up on someone’s Life Beautiful Pinterest board.
In one of my favorite episodes of Sex and the City, Charlotte, newly divorced but still optimistic, goes to a self-help seminar about finding love, etc. She’s attending a group session, and she interrupts the motivational speaker, and says, ‘you know, I’ve done all of those things.” And the motivators response is, “well, you’re not trying hard enough.” And Charlotte responds, no no, really I am trying hard enough.
I rememer thinking, Bravo Charlotte. Some things are just hard and can’t be solved with a seven step process. Those pretty pins of beautiful kitchens, lovely gardens, dreamy beach vistas – not only are they not daily reality, if you don’t take a Charlotte attitude, they can make you feel your life is a little less than everyone else’s around you.
But, here’s the tricky thing – if you want to maintain a blog audience, blogging the ugly is a really difficult thing to do. Your blog can’t be every day of Debbie Downer, that it is the stuff of a diary. And, even if you think of your blog as an online diary, that word “online” should make you pause before you treat your blog like your private diary that sits by your bedside – some things really should remain private in this digital age.
So, what’s the balance then, between Ridiculously Unrealistic Blog Beyond Beautiful and Debbie Downer’s Blog of Horrors.
The answer is authenticity.
Whatever you write should be authentic. If you’re honest, I think readers will appreciate it. Whenever you write a sentence that gives you some doubt, just hit the backspace button, and it’s gone. Revealing yourself, and giving your audience a glimpse into that dark hemisphere of yours may produce results that are indeed ugly. But, that’s life, and that’s who we are, and it makes us human.
And, in an effort to be more authentic, I may finally take Susannah Conway’s online workshop, Blogging from the Heart. I say “may” only because the class start date is May 4, and I’m saving my pennies for Maryland Sheep & Wool the first weekend in May, so my finances may not allow for it, but we’ll see. I really want to, and I don’t really need any yarn.
Right, I don’t “need” any yarn.
We all know how “authentic” that was. Buying yarn is “so” about “need.” Right.
Let’s not kid ourselves, I will totally be buying yarn.
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