Thursday, January 26, 2012

{Thoughts on Blogging & Such}

I’ve been thinking a lot this week. About everything, but mostly about blogging. Sometimes I am totally feeling social media and the blogosphere and all that. I feel so incredibly inspired by everything I see and read, and I feel proud to be part of such an amazing and supportive community. Other days I wonder why I blog and I feel kind of like a weirdo for doing it. I get insecure when I think about people in my life who might come here and read my blog and think it’s stupid, think I’m too positive, think I’m bragging, think I’m ugly or dumb or can’t write. I think all of these terrible things. Sometimes I desperately want to put more time and effort into this blog – have more sponsors, more followers, more comments. And then other times I wonder why the hell I even care about that stuff? Who cares how many visits I get? Why am I blogging anyway? It’s a question I am seriously thinking about. To be honest, I don’t get very deep on my blog. I am a very thoughtful and inquisitive person, but I stay pretty surface level around here. There are lots of reasons for that. For one, I don’t know who’s out there reading this blog so it can be super intimidating (and frankly a little strange) to bare my soul to all of you. And on the other hand, I can't stop thinking about how more often than not when I tell people I know in "real life" I write a blog, I just get really weird stares and questions wondering why I would put my life on the internet. It is pretty weird if you think about it, right? But most days I know why. It’s because I read all these blogs that give me such great ideas for anything and everything (dinner, crafts, gifts, you name it!), I read blogs about people who make me want to be a better wife, sister and daughter, I read blogs that remind me to be thankful for everything I have and everything I experience in life. I want to be one of those blogs for my readers. I want you all to come here and to feel good and happy and inspired and feel like if you have a dream then you should go out and get after it. I never, ever want anyone to come here and read what I write and think I’m just bragging or that I think I am the coolest person ever who cooks and bakes and takes photos and has an amazing husband and perfect little life. Yeah, right. NOBODY is perfect. I wear ugly things, lose my temper, feel depressed some days and wonder why anyone would ever look up to me. But this blog helps me find the good in my life, in myself and in the world. I don’t want to come here and post about how mad or sad I feel about some things because who’s that going to help? Not me and not you. I actually have no idea where I’m going with this. This week was just one of those weeks where I was feeling a little more reclusive and private and didn’t feel like posting much. But I wanted to come here and “talk” to you in a sort of stream of consciousness. I just wanted to be real and to let you in on a few things that were going on in my head. I don’t know where I want this blog to go or what I really want the purpose of it to be. But as long as I am inspiring you and as long as I’m having fun then I’m going to keep at it. I appreciate every single one of you for coming here to see what I post and I love hearing from you guys. Sorry for the rambling today. I hope at least one person will read this and relate to my random thoughts :)

We’re off to Berlin tomorrow so I’ve got to go pack and clean (the not-so-glamorous part of traveling!). Hope you all are having a wonderful week. 

And what's a post without a photo? I snapped this one a couple weekends ago on an evening walk in Amsterdam. 

81 comments:

  1. Hi Liz! I can totally relate to this post- especially when you talk about how you sometimes feel insecure thinking about how people in your life read your blog and you wonder if you come off too positive. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog and that I appreciate your positivity so much! Your readership speaks volumes and I truly look forward to your updates! Have a great time in Berlin.

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  2. Wow Liz. It is so great to read this post. I can totally relate. I tend to wonder about blogging and being too personal on the Internet. But you inspire me! I think blogging is a great hobby and who cares what people think. Do it for YOU!

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  3. i think us bloggers are much more connected then we think..judging by the similar posts going around :) love you girl..dont ever leave me..see you in marccchhh!! (see, thats why we blog)

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  4. Thank you for sharing because even though I just started my blog, that's exactly how I feel sometimes. But don't worry, your blog is very inspiring and interesting and whatever adjectives (positive ones) you can think of. As long as you're having fun and enjoying it, that's what matters. Keep it up :)

    -Amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hi Liz, I really enjoy coming to your little corner of the blogging world and in no way feel like you brag or boast. I enjoy your posts and am really motivated by your changes to move and love hearing your adventures in distant lands as well as other lifestyle posts. It is also nice as a fellow blogger that you have days like I do and don't want to post or get too personal. I appreciate your candidness in saying this (I know I am not alone) and respect and and admire you and your blog whatever you feel like posting....oh and have fun in Berlin. Prost!

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  6. I think every one who blogs goes through this from time to time. I like to think that most people blog because they enjoy it and not for the hits or comments they get. Even though I've never met you, you just come across as a very honest and down to earth person and posts like this, where you share something vulnerable, are why. You are so inspiring and as long as you keep enjoying it I hope you stick around! Because I love to pop in from time to time and see what fabulous outfit you're wearing or where you are traveling to next! :)

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  7. I love your blog! It inspired me to start my own :) Your blog is amazing. Your pictures inspire me to figure out how to be a better photographer. Your relationship with Corey inspires me to bet a better wife. And all your adventures inspire me and make me want to see more of the world. Keep it up!

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  8. It's like you took the thoughts out of my head & the words out of my mouth. I've been thinking these exact thoughts for the past few weeks & it's comforting to know that there are other like-minds out there. Thanks for sharing everything, I always enjoy coming to your blog, always.

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  9. Well, I can relate totally 100%! I have my reasons for not sharing so much personal stuff and get the blues about my blog all the time. I think you having such a big following is a relief in a sense because you know your not just blabbing and no one cares. And I do look up to your blog and see how well you are doing with it. I think you inspire more people to "keep trucking" because people want to the same success as you. Now I am rambling.. Haha hope that made sense. And I am hoping I don't regret pressing send since I blabbed a lot. Oh well. Have fun in Berlin !!

    xo. Britt
    www.themagnoliapair.com

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  10. What a lovely post. I think it'll touch more people than you know.

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  11. it's hard sometimes especially with an expat blog because people can romanticize life abroad and forget that everyone has gloomy days, especially during the struggle of trying to balance life over two continents, i struggled with that a lot after moving to holland. most people would probably rather read the exciting, inspiring stuff versus a blog full of complaints and rants, right? (maybe that's me?)

    personally, i think of my blog more like a scrapbook to preserve about my travels, experiences and inspirations with others, plus it's archived forever online and i don't want to air my dirty laundry in front of the world. in the end, it's YOUR blog so do post what you like! enjoy berlin too! :)

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  12. I can totally relate to you and literally had this conversation with both my boss (weird I know!) and my bf earlier today. I also go through phases where I get super duper into blogging and then I have to stop myself and say whoa, this cannot consume your life - you wish it was your job, but it isn't, and you can't treat it like it is.

    But, that being said, I love blogging for all of the reasons you've said and I don't intend on cutting it out any time soon. I enjoy the people, the posts, the recommendations, the recipes, everything, and I like to think that some people enjoy those things from my blog as well. As most of all, it is a record that I can look back on and remember all of the good times and what I was feeling like when they happened :)

    This comment turned into a book! But I feel you lady and I love your blog - you are inspiring and I never ever feel like you bragging. Please don't leave!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  13. I know how you feel. The blog world is weird and surreal. I feel like this a lot but then if I take a break for a while I feel like a failure. Odd huh?

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  14. I think your blog is great, I really like to read it! Hope you like Berlin (this is where I live :-))

    Melanie

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  15. I have the same inner turmoil Liz! Sometimes I feel so motivated by the blogging world, your blog included, and I make plans for expansion of my own and get excited about all I can do with it. On the other hand, I still feel a bit 'silly' about the whole thing and struggle with involving people in my 'real' life. In the end I guess it comes down to doing what you enjoy doing and I sure hope you continue enjoying the blog world as I really love following along.
    Thanks Liz,
    Jay

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  16. I think we all feel the same exact way but dont say it! I always feel embarrassed if people mention they saw my blog, and why should i feel that way? I should be proud, but im not. I feel like its the insecurity in all of us, like our whole life is out there for others to judge,read and respond to. Luckily for the most part all followers are supportive and super sweet! It gives you a little ego boost at the end of the day to actually know people read your stuff. I love your blog and i hope you continue to write!

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  17. I really enjoy your blog, Liz! We all have things we choose to share or keep private. Thanks for sharing your life. I love the photo in this post. The movement in the water is awesome. Have fun in Berlin!

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  18. So glad you posted this. I often feel the same way. You explained yourself much better than I could have though.

    Thank you.

    eliesamiraye.blogspot.com

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  19. I totally identify with all of those questions! I think that it all boils down to authenticity: I think the most important thing is to be authentic - at whatever level you choose to share. My sense is that you absolutely are. :) Do you know what I mean?

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  20. Hey Berlin my hometown!
    I really love your blog. Your pretty pictures, your great style and your smile. It put a smile on my face to see you. You look happy and fun.
    Don´t think about people who don´t understand blogging.
    It´s good if you feel good. And you should do things you like and love. That´s what I think.

    Lovely greetings from Berlin,
    Bibi

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  21. I definitely have had the same blogging thoughts that you have. I took a break from blogging a few months ago in order to decide if I wanted to keep going or not. It helped me remember why I loved it so much and I refound my focus!

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  22. I can totally relate to how you are feeling, Liz! I started my blog on a whim, not really knowing what or why I was doing it. I wonder sometimes why I do it, but I keep going back to it. I am drawn to blogs for their creativity and great ideas. I try to focus on the joys of life and blog about them. Your style of blogging is beautiful and you are a great writer. I always enjoy your breathtaking photos!

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  23. I appreciate your honesty and can tell you I have had those same thoughts quite often. Sometimes I think the easy thing to do is just give up on the blog but I'm not one to give in that easy. I hope you'll continue doing what you're doing because you photography is amazing and so inspiring. Your pictures are as pretty as postcards - you have a real talent that you should be proud to share with others. Keep up the good work.

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  24. Like the rest of your readers who posted, I can relate. I have to agree that I love reading your posts, I find them inspirational. (I've always wanted to live in Europe.) Thank you for sharing what you do!

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  25. I completely agree with you! I feel the same way all the time with mine. Sometimes it's just something in the air. I love your blog, and love following along with your adventures, so know that you are doing great! I think those are all very natural feelings (at least I tell myself) when you are letting people into your life in a pretty personal way.

    My point being, you aren't along, and we appreciate you ;)

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  26. i hear you, sister! and i think the very same thing all the time. just be you, and you'll continue to inspire others without even realizing it!!

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  27. Hi Liz! Totally agree with you, I have the same thoughts on blogging and often ask myself the same questions.. But don't stop posting here, please! :-)
    Have a great trip!

    Katie

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  28. Liz,
    I feel like every blogger goes through that down time. I do weekly. I truly enjoy reading your blog especially the travel posts. I lived abroad in Chile for over a year which is why I started mine. I felt that writing posts was my way of writing a journal. If nobody wanted to read it, I didn't care. I am thankful that I kept up with it especially since today I scrolled through 25 old posts reminiscing my life abroad. Write when you are inspired, not when you feel pressured.

    You do really make me miss the adventure of living abroad. :)

    Thanks for this! I can totally relate!

    Anna

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  29. I love this! Thank you for being so honest! My blog is very new and sometimes I feel silly showing it to people for the same insecurities that you mentioned.

    It's really validating and strangely affirming to read someone else, whose blog I so enjoy and find so polished and lovely, to feel some of the same feelings that I do!

    Thank you again!

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  30. This seems to be the week for uninspired bloggers- I'm having trouble, too, mostly due to crappy weather limiting my adventures. Hopefully Berlin is wonderful and re-energizes you back in your normal life! And I'm with you; I love to go places, see new things, and experience new cultures, but I hate packing and living out of a suitcase/hotel! I'd rather just move around the world, one country per year! Hope next week is better for you!

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  31. Thanks for your honesty and transparency. You do seem to have such a glamorous, fun life! It's really nice to read this perspective and voice of yours.

    I've recently done a lot of thinking and writing about purpose in blogging too. It seems like it's the time of year and also stage in the culture of blogging that we're all trying to get back to what this is all about!

    Anyway, thank you for this post!

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  32. I can totally relate about not getting too deep and staying surface level. I have the same reasoning as you! I love reading your blog and my other blog friends because it gives me good ideas and inspires me. I hope other people get that from my blog--and as more of a food/portland restaurat blogger I hope at least some readers are getting something out of it! Sometimes I'm nervous people are judging that my blog isn't the cutest or most professional, but its for me and thats ok! thanks for posting this!

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  33. Some days I'm ready to give up on blogging. Some days I love it. But honestly it's not blogging that I love, its the people I've met and relationships formed. It's the inspiration (like you said) and the strive to be better. I rarely tell anyone I have a blog because of the weird looks! But at the end of the day, we do it for ourselves! Nothing else matters :)

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  34. blogging IS weird, but who cares? the people who look at you funny have never read a blog. my brother is in advertising and he's always reassuring me that your blog is "branding" you for the future (eh hem, resume builder). i think its great to connect with people from all over the world and share ideas and inspiration. some people say to me "where did you get THAT idea?" and im secretly in my head saying, "hahaha from a BLOG, you blog haters!"

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  35. i think based on all of these wonderful comments you have gotten on this post, it is safe to say your words, and photos and thoughts are LOVED. YIPEE!!! you go girl! just do it for you, and it's all good:):):)

    and yes, i super duper enjoy your blog as well!!!!

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  36. I love your blog, I love everything you post, and look forward to each time I see an update. I even talk about "This blogger I read in Amsterdam, bla bla!" Ask my boyfriend, he's heard about your blog. You're inspiring, and allow us to live vicariously through you and your adventures. Keep it up! And thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. i can totally relate. i still haven't told anyone in my life about my blog because i feel insecure about it.

    i like how positive you are. that is the vibe i get from reading your blog. in no way do i think you are bragging!

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  38. Girrrrl I feel ya. I've been having all the same thoughts and feelings. All the way down to the feeling-too-introspective-to-blog part. I love having a friend in Amsterdam who takes amazing pictures and has all the same thoughts and feelings I do.

    And THAT is why we blog.

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  39. Beautiful thoughts! I am new to your blog. I appreciate getting a glimpse into your lives- I find the ex-pat lifestyle fascinating! Don't fear you are bragging: it is better to see what you have with gratitude, than focus on the negativity in life.
    Cheers! xx

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  40. Thanks so much for sharing. I absolutely feel like that as well, and it's nice to see someone actually talking about it.

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  41. Liz- You read my mind. I worry about being judged for my blog, what I write and what I choose to write etc etc. This is so intimidating that I haven't had the courage to tell a lot of the people i love in my own life that this little blog of mine even exists. (It's been almost a year!!) This post might be just the inspiration I needed to get off my butt and let people in on my little "secret." THANKS for the wise words!!

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  42. Just want to say that I absolutely love reading your blog! It's always so interesting to me to see how different people live their lives and I always find your posts inspiring.. not to mention your photos are always beautiful!

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  43. Liz, Thank you for doing what you do. It's a big world, but it's also small. Creativity matters. Inspiration matters. You matter.

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  44. I just started my blog in August and sometimes I wonder why I should continue it. Sometimes I feel like I'm writing for no one and it's just a diary. Then other times I love reading posts and making up exciting posts for my blog. It Is something I struggle with so it's nice to know that you do too.

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  45. I think the beauty of this post is in the ability to relate and say, I've had days like this too. Because I certainly have!

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  46. i can totally understand how you feel-I feel like that sometimes-but then I really do it for me...and I only have 60 readers...so don't think I have many people to worry about...but believe me , people come here becuase they want to-they wouldn't waste there time otherwise!

    Also- FANTASTIC photo!

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  47. Love reading your blog! It's always a fun read after keeping up with current events and school work!

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  48. Wow, I actually was having these same thoughts last week after a conversation with a friend about "keeping it real". I worry too about coming off too positive or insincere when I'm blogging about all the fun stuff in my life. It's just not who I am to complain or post about all the boring or negative stuff, and really who wants to read that anyway. Though, I don't want to come off that things are always perfect and unrelatable...

    I understand and appreciate the reality that a blog is an escape, a place for creativity and inspiration. I love your blog and hope you keep doing what your doing - cause it works! And as long as you're enjoying it who cares what everyone else thinks, right??

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  49. ditto.

    seriously, i could stop there! haha. but i do love to look back and look at everything i posted, and in spite of those few imperfect things we are both incredibly blessed in our lives and should be able to share it and reminisce on it. :) so regardless of who's reading, keep doing what you do!

    have fun in berlin! take lots of pictures!!

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  50. I currently don't have my own blog, but thoroughly enjoy reading many many blogs. I can't remember how I came across your blog, but I have so enjoyed it from day one. I love seeing about your new life in Amsterdam, especially as I'm going to be Europe this July. I'll be visiting Amsterdam for the first time:) Thanks for blogging!

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  51. That was really great post; it completed my day which I am looking for great ideas all day long. And I’m thankful that I made to visit your site. Thanks a lot.

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  52. Liz, I feel the exact same way and do off and on all the time. It's a relief actually to know you do too sometimes.

    I love your blog - you inspire me so much in photography and fashion and actually remind me SO much of one of my closest friends back in the States. Usually when I read what you write, it's like hearing her - wise, fashionable, a great wife, and a hard worker. I also love your blog for the fact that I got to meet you through it/because of it! Keep doing what you're doing. (: It's one of my favorites.

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  54. Funnily enough I thought about deleting my blog a couple od days ago. ALl these questions: why do I? who reads it? what's the point? why bother? flooded me. Maybe there's something in the air... or water...

    but it keeps me focused and creative. And yeah we could block it from people (I think) and write it just for us, but we're vain creatures - humans.

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  55. I am in the same.exact.boat. I do admire a lot of bloggers who pour their deepest thoughts in their blog. I'm not quite there yet. Like you, I'm super inspired by other bloggers, and I could never imagine giving up on that. Your blog is adorable, and I so enjoy seeing your pictures and following you along your journey. Keep it up!:)

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  56. 1) I have never ever thought you brag on your blog. I've told you this before, but your blog has inspired me for a long time.
    2) We all know that nobody's life is perfect, and that's ok. We all make blogs what we want them to be, because they belong to us... and no one else. Sure lots and lots of people read your blog, but you have ownership over it. ;) Make it what you want it to be.. and you know people will love it.
    3) Most people in real life don't really get the blogging thing, but they don't have too. You don't blog for them right? =P

    Anyway, I feel the same thoughts you wrote about all the time.. and I think we all do. Please please don't stop blogging :)

    Have a great trip

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  57. Liz,

    Please don't stop blogging. I love reading your blog. It inspires me to travel more and maybe start a blog of my own someday soon.

    Totally understand getting in a funk somedays and questioning all that we do. If blogging makes you happy, then I say, keep blogging. But if you're not happy blogging, then I completely understand, if you stop.

    Just know I think you're inspiring!

    Jess

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  58. Keeping a blog is not a promise to anyone. Do with it whatever you like! None of my friends or family know I keep one (well just my sister) not because I'm hiding anything, but because I like to write in it whenever I feel like it. I sometimes dont post for days just because I dont feel like it. I also take terrible quality photos, but I don't blog to gain followers so much as to express myself when I feel like it, regardless of who sees it. And by the way- I think all your posts are beautiful, as are you. Have a great trip to Berlin! Maybe take a blogging break for awhile :)

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  59. Good lord it is like you are speaking the words inside of my head. I always worry that people think that I am bragging or trying to come off as something that I am not. I just like keeping my blog a positive space.

    And beyond anything else, what you said about your blog helping you find the beauty in your life - amen. I make the time to create so many more beautiful projects and delicious meals because of my blog. I live in the moment and take photos of family because of my blog. It has been a catalyst to so much good.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  60. Hi! I've never blogged and have never read other's blogs until one day I just happened to stumble upon yours...I'm not sure how it happened, but I keep coming back! It's fun to see someone else's life and adventures, I've never been out of the country and with a career and baby at home, won't be going anywhere exciting like Amsterdam in quite a while! I'm glad you and other's like you blog about their lives! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I just discovered your blog, so please keep it up!

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  62. you. inspire. me.

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  63. I too understand what you mean. Often times I want to be less on the surface on my blog, but then I wonder how much is too much when sharing online. A big part of me thinks that personal things need to stay personal & it's healthy to keep personal problems/situations personal... But then the other part of me knows that to really connect with people you have to be open... And then I think, what does it matter if I connect with people online... People I don't even know.

    And as far as people in real life, I rarely share my blog with people I know personally because if they don't blog, they think blogging is weird. Seems like only bloggers *get* bloggers. ��

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  64. You are definitely not alone. I think the hardest part for me is knowing that my friends, family and random people from high school (even a college professor) read my blog. Insecurity is an understatement. Sometimes I wish I had never started blogging so that I don't feel guilty if I give up, but I think about the friendships I've made and the inspiration I get from other blogs and I remember that I'm doing this for myself. Don't leave us! Your photography inspires me.

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  65. I'm pretty sure that every person that writes a blog has been where you are.

    And that's okay.

    As long as writing makes you happy, I say you keep doing it! And I'll keep reading because I think your little home on the blogosphere is simply lovely! :o)

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  66. I just started reading your blog about 2 mo ago. I love it! I'm your age and newly engaged and your relationship and travels are such an inspiration to me. I used to have a fashion blog in college and sometimes it does feel odd as if you are trying to portray that you have a perfect life-but that's not the intention! Like you said it's just about staying positive. If your blog makes you happy keep it up and remind yourself why you love it when you're feeling doubtful. Just stay balanced-there's a world beyond the Internet and followers. If there wasn't you'd have nothing to blog about!

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  67. oh liz. i totally feel you on this and have felt that way a.lot. particularly lately. it can get really awkward for me when someone knows I have a blog... like in real life. but i'm glad i have the guts to blog... a lot of people don't.

    i have to say i am really grateful to the blogosphere because it led me to you (: ... blogging stretches you to do things you wouldn't normally (visit a stranger in paris!), open up where you wouldn't, care about people who you'd otherwise never know, and it inspires us all to live more intentionally and to love bigger and better. to go after our dreams! that's the kind of blog you are for me! thanks for this thoughtful post, liz! hoping you and corey a lovely holiday in Berlin... from the looks of instagram it is quite amazing!!! can't wait to see pictures.

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  68. i think all bloggers can identify with this! keep blogging and keep making it real! i say the more personal the better :)

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  69. i feel the exact same way! it's such a fine line and hard not to feel like you're bragging. i often wonder if people even care about what i'm saying!

    thank you for sharing!

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  70. Oh Liz, i've been thinking the exactly the same stuff and you just worded it perfectly. I've even wanted to blog about this, but was too afraid to say how I really felt about it all, so kudos for being so brave and just saying it. This is when I love blogging the most: when someone writes something so brutally honest that the readers feel like they're sitting in the same room as you, sharing their hopes and fears. Thats how you know that the authors are real and that there are people going through the same emotions as you are. Its comforting. You are not the only one. I barely blog at all, though I want to. All that stuff you said about feeling insecure about the people you know and your friends not understanding why you blog - I share those same insecurities, so much so that a lot of the time it stops me from writing my posts when I'm feeling inspired and sit down to write one. I end up questioning too much and then lose my train of thought and thus my post! I stop myself because I think people will just read them, miss the point and think that they're full of self importance. It's sad. And all the other stuff: the followers, the page views etc. I think about that too. But at the end of the day, you're blog is for you and people don't have to read it, but they do. And while the numbers, views etc don't matter, you're blog is very popular anyway. I personally love your blog, so please don't stop blogging. You can never know what people think of you, but you certainly don't come across as any of those things you mentioned. I think you're honest, beautiful, grateful, happy and positive and that you want to share your experiences with the world, which is what most bloggers blog for. And rest assured, there is nothing wrong with that. Blog on, please :) xxx

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  71. I just discovered your blog today and I'm so happy I did! I went to Amsterdam back in September and loved it!

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  72. We all feel this way :)

    I've been blogging for 4 years and still haven't told my family because I feel weird about it lol!

    Stopping by via your guest post. Cute blog!

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  73. I couldn't agree more. I think about this all the time. I even got a little nervous a few months back when I had like 400 followers and deleted half of them because I was afraid they might be creepers. How terrible is that? But it's really interesting to be part of this blog world. And I can totally relate with people thinking you're weird because you blog. I told one of my coworkers the other day and she asked me like 4x if I was actually serious. Ugh people can be lame!

    Around the time I deleted all of those followers, I stopped posting as often and my comments are like slim to none now, but I feel like I have more personal space again.

    I wasn't really sure why or if comments really motivated me. Now I just blog the things that come to mind every now and then, and I do it for myself :)

    Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy is the bottom line :D Sorry for the novel!!

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  74. I couldn't agree more. I think about this all the time. I even got a little nervous a few months back when I had like 400 followers and deleted half of them because I was afraid they might be creepers. How terrible is that? But it's really interesting to be part of this blog world. And I can totally relate with people thinking you're weird because you blog. I told one of my coworkers the other day and she asked me like 4x if I was actually serious. Ugh people can be lame!

    Around the time I deleted all of those followers, I stopped posting as often and my comments are like slim to none now, but I feel like I have more personal space again.

    I wasn't really sure why or if comments really motivated me. Now I just blog the things that come to mind every now and then, and I do it for myself :)

    Do what you enjoy and what makes you happy is the bottom line :D Sorry for the novel!!

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  75. totally definitely without a doubt was thinking these same thoughts the past few weeks or so. I feel like as long as I'm writing about what I want to write about, and being true to myself, then that's why I blog and I'll continue to do so. When it becomes a "chore" or consuming, then I unplug and re-evaluate things:-) xoxo

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  76. I can totally relate, and I think a lot of other bloggers understand as well. I find the blog world incredibly inspiring, and have "met" so many amazing women from my blog, but it is a bit strange if you start thinking about sharing your life on the internet. I started my blog to motivate myself to take pictures for myself outside of those I take for work and it continues to be a happy place to share bits of my life and photography. And your little piece of the internet is also a beautiful positive place you should be proud of. :)

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  77. totally hear what you're saying about this - i just starting a little blog this past fall and am grappling with a lot of the same issues. i absolutely adore your blog and find it motivating, inspiring, happiness-inducing so please keep up the awesome work!

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  78. I've had these exact same thoughts as well and think you shared them beautifully! Your blog does inspire and as long as you are staying true to yourself and writing from your heart, people will be drawn to that! You have a beautiful little space on the internet and I've loved following along!

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  79. i think these same thoughts have been going around a lot. i had this talk with megan at across the pond the other day, and i totally agree. i have definitely thought the same things about people "in real life" thinking i'm crazy for having a blog.

    and i was totally serious when i said on instagram you should sell your photos. your amsterdam shots are seriously amazing!

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  80. it's so refreshing to read such an honest and introspective post. i share many of these sentiments. thanks for writing about this... it's cool to know that i'm not the only one who feels like a weirdo for having a blog.

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