Why I suck at blogging

fathers day party idea

As you may have heard, this Sunday was Father’s Day. David and I are both very lucky because we have great dads who we love and get along with – so we decided to combine our families for the celebration, and have everyone over for dinner. Sometimes I view cooking as more of a competitive sport than a way to make food to eat, so I scoured the internet looking for the perfect ribs recipe, made two kinds of ice cream, and a giant batch of Long Island iced teas. The apartment has probably never been cleaner, and in a spur of the moment decision we got a bunch of plants and transformed the back porch into somewhere people would actually want to be.

It was a really fun night. It’s something every single person who’s ever been on House Hunters says, but I really do love to entertain. I love to cook, I try to make my apartment inviting and comfortable, and nothing is more fun than hanging out with my family and friends. David and I make a great team, and it makes me happy when everyone is relaxing and enjoying themselves because of us.

In the back of my mind, I also knew that Sunday evening would make for a good blog post. I had such a plan, you guys. I was going to take all these pretty photos, or maybe make a video, and  Instagram a photo of my dad for my Facebook page to  wish everyone happy Father’s Day. But instead I spent the day at the pool, enjoyed a couple of drinks, and hung out with my family. I did not take a single photo, or even look at my phone.

This is why I’m a bad blogger. I get so caught up in enjoying the moment that I forget that I’ll want documentation later. I feel rude taking my phone out with friends, and I’m way too shy to ask people if I can take their picture.

It’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. If I’m mining my life for content for my blog, how do I do it in a way that:

a) ensures my blog doesn’t take over my life

b) doesn’t make my family & friends feel uncomfortable

c) gives me quality content for my posts?

I don’t have an answer to these questions, other than hire a professional photographer to secretly photograph my life, so I can talk about it later. There probably isn’t a solution to this problem. I started a blog to share (and eventually remember) my life, and my thoughts, and I want to keep it that way. Maybe that means I need to be less embarrassed to talk about my blog – and start requesting photos from my friends (definitely), or maybe it means I need to find a way to remind myself to occasionally take a step back and take a couple photos.

Fellow bloggers: Do you ever think about this? How do you deal?

 

  • http://shelleyeaster.com Shelley

    That made me laugh. I’m someone that usually doesn’t mind getting out my phone or camera to shamelessly take photos. And whenever I’m with my friends, I feel free to ask them to repeat something they just did so I can capture it.

    What I find hard about blogging is keeping up with it enough to get a readership going. I had been posting every day for a while, but I just couldn’t keep it up. Now I’m easing my way back in, I’m thinking I’ll aim for 2 – 3 posts a week.

  • http://aunatureldesign.blogspot.ca/ Michaela {au naturel design}

    I’m just starting out with the blogging, however I’ve always loved photography. Sometimes I think that I need to capture a moment for it to be complete but I have definitely found myself in the position where I’m hovering around the excitement rather than being in it. I think that you should be open about your blog and what you’re trying to capture/accomplish. If people don’t know, sometimes they think I’m crazy but then again my aunt was just telling me that my uncle never thinks to get a group portrait or shot of her with all my little cousins. So when I suggest photos, she loves it. Blogging shouldn’t be your life, it should express it. Capture the moments you can, and don’t feel guilty about being too involved in the fun.

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