05 June 2014

Behind The Blog

excuse me while i babble about blogging for a minute...

I recently watched the American Blogger Documentary. It's basically a film put together by Christopher Wiegand, to highlight what blogging actually is, and all that goes into it. Granted, it doesn't cover every genre of blogging.. mostly it follows Mommy, Lifestyle, Fashion & Food bloggers. But the gist of it, is that blogging is SO much more than sitting behind a computer and putting up a facade. Because lets face it, sometimes it seems like that's what we're doing, doesn't it?

Blogging is interesting, because we all have our very own little space to do with what we choose. The great part about it, is that we get to decide what we want to use our blogs for. Some share more of the good, and some choose to be more open about the struggles. To each their own, right?

The film got a lot of criticism, because of how the bloggers were presented (perfect hair, makeup, pinterest-inspired  homes...etc), and while that might not accurately represent every blogger, the underlying message of the film really resonated with me. And that is that all bloggers have something in common. And it's NOT that bloggers are all narcissist that like to hear themselves talk. But rather, that we have a voice, and a story we want to tell, whatever that might be. I think as humans, we want to feel like our opinions, and our lives matter. That we can make a difference somehow. Blogging might be a small way of doing that, but it's impactful none-the-less.

There have been so many occasions that I've shared a personal experience about my marriage, or my struggle dealing with my son's developmental delays and as a result I've received heartfelt emails from readers. Emails explaining to me that they can relate to me or my situation, that I'm not alone in my struggle. Or that my words were exactly what they needed to hear that day.

And I can tell you that as a blogger, that is what makes it all worth while -- just to know that our lives have an impact on others. And it's truly humbling to be received in such a positive way.

I think also, though, regardless of what someone puts on there for the world to see, it's so important to realize that behind every blog, is a normal person. Someone that most likely lives an average life. Cleaning up messes, struggling financially, dealing with personal and emotional battles, worrying about their kids, or having self-confidence issues.

Truth is that blogs make it easy to hide that all that stuff because we CHOOSE what to write about. But believe me, the struggles are there, always in the background.

I guess the point of this whole post, is to reiterate that no matter what stage of life you're in, we all have something in common. Like the old saying, don't necessarily judge a book by it's cover. And for the love of Coca-Cola, don't compare yourself (or your blog) to anyone else's.
 

22 comments:

Julie S. said...

SO true!

Lara Becar said...

I wanna check out the documentary! These are really good points.

Life with Amberly said...

LOVED this!!!! You hit it right on the nail!!!

Brittany @ Perpetually Daydreaming said...

Love this! I know there are several people in my personal life that don't understand why I blog and think it's silly. But this is so true and it's good to have some reassurance from another person! :)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Love this so very much!

Miranda Myrabev said...

Enjoyed reading this, right on point x

Rebekah Clarke said...

Love this!! I will be sending this to anyone who asks why I blog, and I'll be looking for that documentary!

Logan Cantrell said...

AMEN! Comparing yourself to others is just crazy because no one has the same journey as you. It can be harmful. I have been wanting to see that documentary. I may watch it this weekend!

Ashley Z. said...

GREAT post!!

Ashley Griffith said...

Love, love, LOVE this post. We do all have something in common and it's so easy to forget that at times. And I think it's such a good explanation of why people blog. To make an impact. Somehow, some way - it's what I want. And I really do think it's what we all want.

Karissa Ancell said...

I agree so much with what you said. That's why I got into blogging. I don't have a perfect life and I wanted to connect with people through the ups and downs of everyday. I wanted to share my story and feel like I make a difference in some people's lives no matter how small.

Nay said...

I loved American Blogger and can't wait to see where the series of documentaries show the world about how awesome we really are:)

Stories of Kel said...

I like your perspective of the film. I heard a lot of criticism that first week but havent heard anything about it lately

Courtney said...

Awesome post, Mandy!

And I know when you say for the love of Coca cola, you really really mean it! :)

Citizensofbeauty said...

I want to see this! Where is it at?

Carly said...

I still want to watch it! Haven't gotten around to it yet!

Tania T said...

love love love this!

Jordan Wise said...

SO true, I just heard about this a few weeks ago! I know, I know, behind the times, but I guess I should watch it just to see...

Miranda Ronevich said...

I felt the same way when I watched it. Yes, I loved all of the 'perfection' and pinterest cut out homes, but the fact is, the story that was intertwined throughout the film WAS story.

Jess Beer said...

I can't say anything other than I love this post!

Love, The Skinnys said...

All I can say right now is EXACTLY! You said it perfect.

Shanna Ramos said...

Well said! Great post! Now to find a link to watch this...