The Secret Life Of Bloggers

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Bloggers are known for their open, honest and realistic posts. We aren’t afraid to look silly or to share some of our most heartfelt concerns and experiences, but bloggers also have secrets. Secrets we don’t share.

Until today that is.

Because I am going to blow the lid right off some of those blogging secrets you had no idea about!

The Secret Life Of Bloggers

Our “Office” is a wreck.

Bloggers can often be found plying their craft in conditions that would make an investigative journalist blush. Life doesn’t come to a stop while we type, so we multitask: at kitchen tables, at kid play dates, in waiting rooms at the Doctor’s Office and sometimes with a less than clear view of our computer screen.

Like this.

We Photoshop remorselessly, just like Cosmo!

Well, not JUST like Cosmo. We don’t use the the power of technology to increase our bust size or lose 20 pounds. . .well, generally. Bloggers, nevertheless, need to be masters at photo editing. It is not easy to take amazing first time photos of food, decor and DIY projects. It’s impossible, really, to do it consistently without assistance. Professionals like Cosmo need help and they have grizzled photographers with tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment. I have a Nikon Coolpix and PicMonkey. Staging is kind of like making sausage. Although the results are great, it is probably best to not watch it being done. This means that sometimes we are taking those photos standing on tiptoes on top of stools and chairs with our family members holding a floor lamp over a plate of homemade macaroni and cheese, being careful to stay far enough away so that the lamp doesn’t get in the picture or drop dead bugs into the delicious food. Consider THAT next time your mouth waters over a picture you see on Pinterest.

Or what about all those adorable smiling faces of children in our blog posts? Have you ever tried to use a toddler as a model for something only to realize after the picture was taken that, somehow, that perfect shot included a smear of yogurt above an eyebrow? Putting aside the physics of how that happened, it is probably better to alter the picture rather than try to repose it, toddler patience and child labor laws being what they are. Also, since the toddler didn’t have yogurt that day, we couldn’t logically explain how the yogurt got there in case anyone asked. . .

Mostly, when you are using children and spouses as models or cameramen, those photos are going to require a little touch up. Husbands tend to whine more than the toddlers.

There are a few other Pinterest related secrets, we bloggers employ, but that is another post all together.

What You See May Not Be The Whole Story.

We may be blogging about fashion or home decor, but what you don’t see is that we are doing it all sitting in yoga pants, a day old unwashed pony tail and with pet hairballs and dishes surrounding us. As bloggers, we can choose what we show you. So that means you will only see the corner of our home we re-vamped and not closets or junk drawers. Or for those times we want to be fashionable, we don’t disclose that our lovely top, which we have only been wearing for the past 10 minutes to avoid any unpleasant yogurt mishaps is paired off camera with a pair of sweats and tennis shoes. Here is the important part, although we may apply selective spit shine, it does not mean we don’t know what we are talking about. Mostly bloggers lives are just like yours. Messy, fun, fabulous and imperfect! We are just willing to put ourselves out there in order to inspire, share and to connect.

Bloggers Could Take Over The World, If We Wanted To.

I have a very intricate network with people from all over the world. I have never been to New Zealand, Ireland, Asia or Africa, but I have blogger friends in all those locations. Every “Mommy Blogger” is probably only a couple of degrees separated from any other mommy blogger. Now couple that with the fact that we are social media experts able to tweet, text, YouTube, post, Periscope and Vine about something faster than you can blink. That is some serious power folks! Advertisers are behind the curve here, as are politicians and news agencies. I vote we don’t tell the latter two.

So perhaps you really should try to be nice to us, because that is the golden rule and all, but also because you really don’t want to rankle our ire. Just in case…..

Bloggers Are Top Rated Creators- Even Better Than News Stand Magazines.

Bloggers come from all walks of life, united by the desire to share our life in order to help others. Many Most do it without pay, putting out top quality posts week after week. Posts that you then go Pin, share, tweet and email to your friends and family, not fully understanding or knowing the amount of work that went into that post. It is because you can relate to bloggers in a way you can not relate to your local 5 o’clock news or news stand magazines.

Luckily for you, the world of blogging isn’t going away any time soon and as more and more bloggers continue to join the ranks, more material from never before heard voices will continue to be created to enrich and inspire large audiences of people.

SOMEBODY has to provide real and interesting content that is shared on social media. If we let the “professionals” do it we would face a Kardashian wasteland punctuated by brief snippets of Donald Trump. Find a blogger and hug them today. 

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!

Love,

Jen



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    1. Author

      Yes, that is exactly it is! I tried to take a picture last week in my kitchen, without including the pile of dishes in the sink… Probably should have just cleaned up the kitchen, but that’s no fun!
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  1. What a fun post! And so right on…for me, I don’t do much with the photo taking, but I still think it’s awesome those that do. Besides, I suppose I figure it is what it is and *one day* I’ll do better lol

    As a blogger, there is so so much going on around us and in us and through us (collectively) that isn’t at all understood by those that don’t know anything about blogging. It’s not quite the same as someone who just keeps a website running or produces content occasionally for a business/company, it’s really practically non-stop work…kind of like motherhood itself! :)

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      Thanks! I am glad you like it :)

      It really is so different to just keep up a website, blogging is a way of life! People don’t get that.

      Don’t fret about the picture taking, that whole gig is a pain in the bum!
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  2. Love this!

    And yes, sometimes it’s hard to get pictures without junk in the background. Sometimes I just leave it with the whole “it is what it is” mantra. I don’t have a spotless home and probably never will.
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  3. Love this. Most of this is accurate for me, except the yoga pants and messes. My damn OCD prevents that about 90% of the time, however, I definitely can attest to our secret lives and only showing what we want :)

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      Oh I am totally OCD on the vacuuming, but the rest sometimes just gets wrecked. Darn out of control toddlers… and 7 year olds, and 11 year olds and 14 year olds for that matter!
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  4. Nailed it! My husband actually thinks I get a bigger health benefit from trying to get a ‘good shot’ than I do from yoga. :) I figure if it also makes me healthier, blogging has to be good for me!
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  5. I definitely think bloggers can take over the world! I have friends in countries I’ve never heard of!
    And yes about Photoshop. I hide other people’s secrets more than my own, though. Just in my profession. My personal photos are more sloppy!
    And you should see the state of my desk right now. Or how I’m typing with one leg above my heart like a yogi because I twisted my ankle today.
    True story.
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      Oh yes, I fully support that kind of Photoshopping and love that our family photographer lightens the sun spots and smooths out my lines and creases. Um, you are going to post about this injury right? With photos included???? Hope you feel better.
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  6. So true. There was at least one post where I photoshopped out a fridge covered in kid artwork…that may have actually helped to inspire putting their artwork/magnet wall in their bedroom….

    In all honesty, I probably spend more time editing photos in photoshop than any other step in the posting process!
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      See inspiration begets more inspiration in the life of bloggers! Sometimes my posts even if they only reach an audience of one, me, I consider it a success. I loved that artwork wall you created! Now… where is my cork board…
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  7. Oh my goodness I love this so much. My favorites are What you see may not be the whole story and we could take over the world. Heck yes we could :). I have wanted to do a post for a long time of a picture I took that looks “perfect” but zoom out a bit and what was actually happening in the bigger picture that is not so perfect. I think it would be hilarious!

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      OK that is brilliant, we should totally make a challenge about that and have bloggers join in! I swear sometimes the chaos surrounding me when I am taking those pin-worthy photos is unbelievable!
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  8. You hit the nail on the head about photoshopping and Pinterest. As a blogger, integrity is really important to me. Of course, I have made mistakes (forgot the sugar in a cake recipe once!) but some of those Pins are outright lies! My sister recently tried to make some cinnamon crunch frosted cupcakes she found off of Pinterest. I warned her that the frosting, which literally consisted of only butter and crushed cereal, would not look or taste anything like what she was used to. She said, “But they have a picture.” Well, the poor girl was up until 5am the day before a birthday party fixing that horrible, gritty “frosting”.
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      Oh your poor sister! Agreed! I only share those things that taste great on Pinterest and I know people could really make. I have this one pin that I found from a blogger years ago for dinosaur cut out Rice Krispie treats. It has been re pinned, pinned hundreds and thousands of times. I recently tried it and used the same ingredients and cookie cut outs she used. It was really hard and did not even remotely turn out like hers! Pinterest users beware, it is just not all you think it is sometimes!
      Jen recently posted…The Secret Life Of BloggersMy Profile

  9. Hi Jen, I can see why this post got featured on BlogHer. You kept it real. I honestly thought I was one of the few bloggers snapping away with a Nikon CoolPix (mine’s red), whilst balancing on the rungs of a chair, hopelessly trying to avoid casting a shadow before spending far too much valuable time ‘tweeking’ the photo on PicMonkey to make it usable!

    At the moment I am sat blogging on a chair in my bedroom, surrounded by clothes, shoes and general clutter. But you are right. Bloggers write refreshingly honest posts. We don’t pretend we are anything but ourselves (editing pictures to make them usable doesn’t count!). We write for ourselves and for people like us, as not all the world gives a rats arse about (or can relate to) the Kardashians, Kanye West or such like.

    As you can tell I loved the post.

    xx
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      I am so glad you liked this! Hopefully I am not divulging too many of our secrets!

      I have a red Nikon too, love that thing! It was a step up for me from the junky cellphone pictures I took when I first started blogging!

      Last week I did not even watch the VMA’s! Afterwards when I heard about Kanye announce his 2106 run for presidency and all of the other shenanigans that EVERY single news agency ran stories for the next day, I was like thank heavens for bloggers!
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