Monday, October 15, 2007

Road Less Traveled

I've noticed a trend in blogworld of late. I like to call it the "Look at me Look at me" blog.

Now, blogging in general is a "look at me" kind of activity. But there are blogs out there where the blogger is Queen of the Barn and the sheep flock around her. It doesn't matter what craft, project, or personal crisis Barn Queen blogs about, the sheep can't get enough. Even if its obviously ugly. Or poorly made. Or just boring.

It's like a quasi-high school popularity contest, which, by the way...I thought we all outgrew a couple of decades ago. The more things change the more they stay the same...

And you know what? When I'm directed to those blogs by friends or fellow bloggers, I come away feeling deflated. Because that's not how I blog, or how I write. Or how I AM. And I don't want to change.

I like to think my blog is me. My personality comes through in the way I write, and the things I write about (no matter how off the wall...or cuff...they may be.)

Which IS the point.

So I refuse to apologize, dear lurkers, for being whole-ly un-Queenlike and completely irreverent and often off-topic. I DO eventually get back around to the topic at hand (sewing.)

And, besides, isn't the journey half the fun?


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

14 comments:

  1. I know just what you mean. Unless, oops, you mean me. ROFL!! I absolutely *HEART* your blog because you crack me up and also come across real and as someone I wish lived across the street from me. Keep it up, no sheep here!

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  2. what a pretty picture!

    (the highschool thing reminds me also of some of the parents at my kids schools -- um, i didn't like highschool IN highschool, why would i start up with that behavior now?)

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  3. Good post,I totally agree - i love to be different, I know I am bad at writing but I just post anyway! I am not going to spend hours on it.
    You have a fab blog and you are so funny and full of charisma, don't you dare change a thing!

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  4. I agree. A good blog, to me, needs to offer some personality, some interactivity, occasionally something nice to look at, interesting content, and a sense of passion for the subject matter.

    Lately I discovered the genre of fashion blog that is "here's what I wore today, aren't I cute?" and I am totally shaking my head over that concept.

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  5. I *heart* you right back Debbie!

    As for the rest of you...LOL. Just kiddin, I LUBS you ALL!!

    Welcome to the nuthouse Katie!

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  6. I hear what you are saying! I also notice a lot of similar "copy cat" type of stuff. I don't have the best camera or know how to make my blog fancy. I started comparing myself to these other ladies and my husband recommended I stop blog surfing for awhile. Now that I have my studio in the basement I can't stay out and am staying up later and later each night creating new things. I have a few favorite blog mates and they are folks like you with kind words and nice posts. I feel like my blog is an expression of me...and what means the most to me...my family my friends and sewing! U di have to say that I do want to copy your jeans idea! someday.....luv ya!

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  7. Aw, thanks Amy! What's mine is yours girlfriend! Copy away!

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  8. Uh oh, now I have to go back and read my blog to make sure I'm not one of the quilty parties, LOL! Actually I've always felt that I shouldn't post about my dogs or my clowning or the Reading Divas book cart drill team when my blog is supposed to be about sewing, but hey, if you can stray off topic on your sewing blog so can I.

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  9. I so agree!! It's like highscool all over again! If your not popular then "they" arent going to grace your blog with a visit let alone a comment.

    I have visited blogs before and left comments and they never say a word back just like the snobs in highschool!

    I love your blog!

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  10. Thanks for the welcome! I love the title of your blog. It's been on my feeds list for a while now, I've just been lurking.

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  11. Amen. You're my inspiration- if it weren't for you I wouldn't be blogging at all. Not to mention, I'd probably think I'm the only geek out there. Thanks for keeping it real!

    Shannon F

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  12. It's nice to know I'm not alone in my feelings. I'm a geek, always have been always will be and my blog proves it!

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  13. Ya'll can stop being paranoid now, LOL! Everyone I link to... I love your blogs! (And a couple of others of course that I haven't had time to link up yet). Absolutely not talking about any of my girlies!!

    Sharon... I love the dogs and clowns and Amy's pumkin patch visit, and Katies book writing, and heck just about every off topic thing you all share. It's like really talking to you!

    Sarah! Geeks United! Me, you, Shannon & Shannon :D

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  14. Question for you girl geeks, from a girl geek wanna be but was born way too late - do you listen to the Girls Gone Geek podcast? Whaddya think?

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