As to be expected, over the past 7 years that I’ve been in the blogging world, things have changed. It seems somewhere along the way we started expecting bloggers (even those that once upon a time just shared daily posts of what they ate and did in a day) to be experts. I mean, why else would they be sharing anything online right? (Answer: creative outlet, connection, self expression, inspiration… but I digress). That’s why there has been a shift towards flawless photographs, ebooks, ecourses, pinnable images, etc.
just us, casually hanging out and giggling, per usual
As a blogger, I can say that this pressure mounts resulting in the “what I’m doing is not enough mentality” then slowly it drains the fun out of the whole dang thing. Since not blogging isn’t really an option for me (oversharing is my love language) I’ve decided I’m just going to have to go against the grain and turn in my expert card. What really makes a person an expert anyway? Sure there are some areas I am knowledgeable in, I actually am enjoying trying to improve the photography that I share, and I am certainly an expert in my own experiences and opinions, but I want to be more comfortable “just” focusing on and sharing my journey and letting go of the expert angle.
I’ve realized with some things I have been waiting to share until I feel qualified to do so, but am much more intrigued by sharing the process on here, not just the results. For example, homeschool. I don’t want to have to wait until June of 2018 when I’m no longer a homeschool newbie to share what the first year is like. Instead I’m going to share the experience, including the inevitable ups and downs along the way.
I imagine most of you are not here because you are looking for my most excellent expert guidance (LOL), but because hopefully because we connect on some level. Maybe it’s how we view life, how we live our priorities (or try to), or just the fact that we are all in this thing called life together and sharing the journey multiplies the joy.
This all may seem out of nowhere, but I’m writing out these thoughts in this space as a commitment to myself: to try and not get caught up in the expert mindset, but instead to continue to be open, to share, and to connect. With all this being said, you can probably expect more of the same but am going to be more cognizant about sharing all my passions, even those I have not reached pro status on yet, but that are most important to me: family, food, our adventure into homeschool, and lifestyle/travel.
a meal so good it deserved to be shared again
I love this space and the community of readers (you!) and want to keep my love for it alive. And to me that means sharing more and writing less how-tos.
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