Tuesday, May 8, 2012

According to LoLo...blogging.

Tonight when I was reading all of my regular blogs, I mentioned to LoLo that many of the blogs I read have hundreds of followers while I have just 13 (a big shout out to my 13 followers!!). LoLo couldn't believe it. He said, "Erin, come on, they have hundreds of followers? They must be making up their blogs. So here's what you need to do. Write a story about seeing people driving down the street with 2 people riding on top of their car. Then, they fall off and you and me have to call the ambulance and rescue them. That will get you readers."

Well...that's one way to get readers. But really, is that what you want to read about? A made up story full of blood and guts? I doubt it.

When I think of the blogs I like to read the most, it is their authenticity, their rawness, and their humor that draw me in.

But let me be honest about something else. Most of the blogs I read are written by girls (women really, but that makes them sound old in my mind) who look like they just took a little break from a photo shoot and whipped up a quick blog post complete with professional photos they took while surfing (and sewing a hand made dress) in a breathtaking hidden beach location while traveling with their model-like husbands.

The bloggers I read...via
(Their boyfriend) Nice....sax. via
I don't intentionally seek out these blogs, but it seems like the blogger world is full of these girls. And in the spirit of being authentic, sometimes I feel jealous. I love reading about someone's world that is so different than mine.

No one's going to find me doing a photo shoot and I certainly don't know how to take professional pictures (but I definitely appreciate that Instagram makes it look like I do). I don't know how to surf...shoot, I don't even want people to see me in a bathing suit. I'm not crafty and I will never be a "do-it-yourself-er". And when it comes to my husband, well, even though I think he's just the cutest thing, Ralph Lauren hasn't come calling for him to hit the runways.

Looks pro, right?
This is my little model husband
So even though I love reading blogs from fabulous girls with fabulous lives, I actually kind of think my life is pretty fabulous too. And I love writing about it. As much as I'd love to have hundreds of followers reading my blog, it's more important to me that I stay true to myself and to my writing. No blood, no guts. No fake.

And come on, who wouldn't want that puppy and that cute little husband?


Karla said...

Haha this was cute.. and honest. We all love reading honest blogs, blogs that allow us to relate.. or at times live through them! I mean I know that’s the main reason why I watch reality TV.
I know I have my days where I would rather not post I think ehh I don’t think anyone will find this interesting.. I don’t travel as much as I'd want I don’t have a super cool job where im changing the world.. etc. But at the end of the day I think its about staying true to yourself and writing for you.. like a diary..

Brandy Bruce said...

Oh gosh, I know what you mean. I read all these blogs where the women post pics of themselves all the time. The other day I was going to do it out of peer pressure. I took a picture of myself, then thought "I look ridiculous and I refuse to post ridiculous pics of myself or of me trying not to look ridiculous." I gave up on the whole thing.

Lacey in the City said...

I really dig your style of writing! I'm a fan of real writers...I've followed a few blogs in the past whose tone has turned so cheeky, cheery fake that I just have had to quit reading them...sad, but I prefer to keep it real. I'm an optimist and definitely happy more often than not, and it's reflected in my blog. I have a hard time writing about my down times, because those are a bit more personal. But I don't fake it when I'm not. Cheers to you for keeping it real. And you're right - who wouldn't want that cute puppy and husband?!