Today I’m linking up with Jenn from Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday
We’ve all talked (or read) about it and we certainly all feel it. That frustratingly constant tug of war between the desire to appear polished, poised and picture perfect and that yearning to expose our authentic selves and make meaningful connections. The truth is, I love trying to create beautiful things. I love trying to get the perfect shot, the best angle, the Insta-pic that just might get you to drool on your phone a little. That makes me happy, it brings me joy to constantly work to improve my skillz. Do I actually eat on the staged photo setup? Of course not. After I snap the pic I proceed to face plant into my food usually near my computer (probably watching the Office or listening to NPR). But a huge part of what I enjoy about blogging and food is the process of making, styling, sharing and yes, ultimately eating it.
Yesterday Davida’s blog post really got me thinking …again…about this topic. She asked “can you monetize a mess?” Can you be successful, create beautiful, inspiring work, expose your true authentic self, preserve some air of privacy and maintain your sanity… oh and maybe get paid? That’s the million dollar question for pretty much any blogger who’s stepped out of “the hobby phase.”
Mind you this isn’t my full time job, but I do treat it like one. I want In it 4 the Long Run to appear professional, polished and less like a diary. I want to provide value to the people who take the time out of their busy lives to read this blog.
My ultimate goal is to entertain, inform, inspire and delight you every time you land on a post on In it 4 the Long Run. Can that always be the case? Can I share not only the highlight reel, but some of the behind the scenes too?
*Pushes up invisible “nerd glasses” and talks in nasally voice* Well according to my analytics…. and the incredible heartfelt comments (to me a MUCH more important metric) it looks like I can get real. When I shared my struggles with an eating disorder, how I am learning to love my body at a new weight, when I tried to be cool and it blew up in my face or when I share WIAW posts like this one, people respond with nothing but kindness, empathy, support and probably the most gratifying outcome is when someone is kind and brave enough to share with me their own struggles in return. That is a gift I will never take for granted.
I guess what it all boils down to is trust.
The most valuable thing I have is your trust and I pray that I’m never foolish enough to lose that. While I might not be able to share everything, I don’t ever want to mislead or misconstrue the truth. I’m a flawed individual (no surprise there) who will make mistakes along the way, but if you trust that I only want the best for you the reader and by extension, this blog, I think we’ll be good.
You’ll see some carefully curated and designed posts and if I’m lucky some drool worthy recipes, but I don’t want to forget about sharing the things that make me human. Like the fact I worked in my pajamas for the past two days and I get anxious meeting new people and I’m not nearly as body confident as I would like to be and I can be self-indulgent at times and a bit of a hypocrite… but if we were perfect life (and blogs) wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.
So thank you.
Not so much a specific question, but I’d love to know how you feel about what it means to “keep it real”