Sunday, June 3, 2012

( thoughts )

hmm, pretty late in seeing this article. any thoughts?

10 comments:

  1. I'd like to know why the girl in the illustration has four elbows.

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  2. i think it's pretty funny... i might start doing a post every week of my dirty house. See if people would really prefer to see that! Lol.

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  3. I'm glad that you shared a link to this because I missed it when it came out. It's funny, a lot of what they talked about had been in the back of my head too, but I feel like I would have addressed it in a different way and tried to take a more positive stance and less focus on the obvious. The comments were interesting to read too - Joanna Goddard had some really good things to add - so did you!

    I seriously had no idea about the Mormon lifestyle bloggers!! Maybe I'm out of the loop. I'll have to look into that.

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  4. I feel like I've been hearing, or reading I guess, a lot lately about people's concerns that there is a big gap between "reality" and what is portrayed on blogs. I'm not sure I've sorted all my thoughts out about it yet, but I do think the article could have addressed what people would want to read or see on a blog, instead of focusing on the negative stuff. Because I am curious about what would be perceived as more "realistic" content, and whether that really would be appealing. And the comments were super interesting!

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  5. thanks for your thoughts, I agree with most all of what each of you has to say (Aly, good point! why the excess of elbows?! haha)

    Julia, I also had no idea of mormon lifestyle blogs. perfect example- if you don't go looking for certain content, you don't even have to know about it!

    & definitely, this sort of thing has been on my mind lately. Ashley & I were just talking about it before I saw the article

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  6. I arrived on your blog via pinterest and I really like your aesthetic. Great pictures. I was interested to read the article that you had linked to. I used to look at a quite a few lifestyle blogs - not as many now, as I have come to prefer the visual stimulation of some pinterest & tumblr 'curators'. But here is my penny - for me lifestyle blogs have always offered escape from my own reality, and that is how I used them. Do I want to see your dirty kitchen, less-than-hygienic bathroom tiles, hear about your squabbles with your husband, problems with your kids, struggles with weight or whatever insecurity you have? No. I have enough of my own; I have real-life family and friends whose problems I also deal with; I read three newspapers; I subscribe to a number of newsletters with scientific, political and cultural content. I get plenty of reality. So when I come to a blog like yours, I like to see beautiful pictures and see beautiful objects, with maybe an interesting link or personal comment or two. I like a glimpse of your life, but not too much. I find it interesting that some readers (going by some of the comments on the original article) seem to attach their own self-worth to a blog of someone they have probably never met, and that they actually compare their own lives to the life that a blogger presents on a site. One would have to be a little silly and/or very naive to think that these lifestyle blogs present an unedited version of the blogger's life - especially blogs that derive a revenue, either from advertising or from selling a product. And why should a lifestyle blogger spill their guts for the benefit of their readers? I sometimes suspect a voyeuristic and probably unhealthy desire of such readers to be part of the blogger's 'real life' and perhaps an indulgence in schadenfreude should a blogger confess to some problem or imperfection. There are plenty of 'personal' blogs where bloggers DO spill their guts. I prefer lifestyle blogs to be an online, and slighly more personal, version of a good lifestyle magazine.
    Oops. Sorry about the long comment.

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    1. Anaraim, thank you for taking the time to let me know your thoughts. seems like we're on the same page

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  7. Caitlin, did they actually interview you? Or did they take that quote from someplace else? It sounds like Joanna didn't even know about the article until after it had been published.

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  8. Alyson, yes they did contact me with questions & I sent responses (the quote was part of one)

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