I started this blog 5 years ago during a really weird time in my life. It quickly became something so much more than I ever imagined, and to me, it was my little escape, my little way to be creative, my little voice, my little place to say and do whatever I wanted-MY blog. Blogging has been challenging for me lately. It is no secret that I just haven’t had as much time to put into it. And you know what, that is ok…life happens. My life is changing and evolving constantly. it has changed drastically over the past year alone–I started a business (while still maintaining my day job), I bought a house, which has been one thing after another (story for another day!!)….and 99% of the time I am just trying to keep all the balls in the air—and IT.IS.HARD.
I was in Florida last week with some of my lifelong friends, and we started talking about my blog. I told them how I had really been struggling with it, how I had been questioning if it was still the right thing for me, confessed that I just wasn’t getting as much out of it as I once was, expressed the feelings of “guilt” that I felt that I hadn’t been able to put as much time as I wanted to into it, etc. etc. That same day I also saw Casey Wiegand’s post in response to “The American Blogger Controversy” and it just made me so sad—that this blogging community that I have loved being a part of for so long, could yet again be so cruel at the same time. It just made me question all of it, and why we do it.
But then last night I was reminded WHY blogging is important, and why I ever fell in love with it in the first place. Yesterday, the highly anticipated and much discussed film, American Blogger, was released. I didn’t have one free minute until 10 pm to actually sit down and watch it, but as soon as my last client left, I grabbed Sadie and glass of wine, and downloaded the movie. I was so excited, and yet so nervous too–I mean the likelihood that I said something absolutely stupid was high-this I was certain.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Having gotten to know Casey and Chris Wiegand, I should have known that this film was going to be incredibly touching. I was not prepared, however, for the absolutely sweet sincerity and love that this project was made with. Chris is incredibly, incredibly talented. I cannot imagine how many hours and how much of his resources went into this. Time away from his family, time spent editing 5,000 minutes of film—he did such a great job. The film is so moving-I cried twice, not kidding, haha! It is well done, and tells great stories. Some of the ladies in the film I know, and some of them I don’t-but you better believe I am going to get to know them!
I am proud to be apart of this, and thankful that blogging has given me so much these past five years! I don’t know how long this will remain a part of my life, or what is going to happen-but right now this is something I am not ready to let go of just yet-I think some things are changing…and I am excited to see what happens.
You can purchase the film here, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I told Chris and Casey that if anyone, after actually sitting down and watching this film, and understanding the intent and care behind it, still has something negative to say, that I will personally deliver flaming poo bags to their doorsteps. 😉
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my blogging journey, you have no idea what you have given me!
Oh yeah-some disclaimers about my appearances in the film.
one- Good gracious almighty, the fat right side of my face, ha!! This was the week I got a parotid stone in my face!! My FACE people! Google it, its terrifying. I looked like a cabbage patch kid. Oy vey.
two- Yes, I realize that my logo is not ACTUALLY Sadie, I misspoke. It is her likeness 😉 just to get that out in the open, ha!
I think that’s it…yeah that’s all I got.
Your blog is the first one I ever started reading. I liked it so much I read through the whole thing in about two days 🙂 It makes me want to start a blog of my own, but I have no idea where/how to start. So, I'm going back to school this fall to major in website development – that should help, huh? haha! I'm glad you're not giving it up yet. I love your hair/make-up tutorials, your hilarious pics of Sadie, and your love of wine. I always look forward to your next blog post – thanks for the fun and inspiration! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I'm new to your blog, what attracted me at first was the sweet pug logo and then I clicked on your closet and fell in love! I'm a dog mom so I love when I find other people who adore their pups as well. Anyway, I quickly fell in love. I really enjoy your blog and always look forward to your posts. I definitely want to watch this movie now!
I started reading your blog a few years ago. I loved how cute it was, girly and fun! One of my favorite posts was a picture of you crying. You were going through it that night! It was so honest and I admired that. I feel like a lot of blogs are fake, look at my perfect life and all my perfect children, blah, blah, blah. I feel like you keep it real and it's been so awesome to see you follow your dreams 🙂
OH PHEW! I started reading this and thought 'OH NO A GOODBYE POST! NOOOOOOOOO'! Thank you for not making this a horrible day ;)!
But, I agree, we all feel the 'is blogging worth it' from time to time. The balance can be hard, but life is meant to be lived, so it makes sense with all you have going on [ummmlawsuit, pahlease fill me in] and what exciting future plans await you.
I love your blog oh so very much! please don't leave us ;)!
Major congrats on the movie, it sounds wonderful! And girl, you always look radiant!
Such a great post full of thoughts I'm sure that all bloggers share (I do). I can't wait to watch the film! You look beautiful in the photo you shared!
I love your blog. I have never commented before, but I just wanted to say I do hope you continue to blog, because I love reading your posts.
Such a wonderful, thoughtful post. I have to say, as corny as this may sound, I found your blog shortly after I moved to Boston from Texas and it saved me from feeling not so lost in crazy Yankeeland. I was so beyond homesick and felt like nobody here "got" all of the Southern things that I missed so much, and then I stumbled across PLL. Reading your posts were the best start to my day, probably because you reminded me so much of the friends who I missed so dearly back home– you're so funny and sincere and REAL, which can be rare in the world of bloggers. And let it be said that I dragged my laptop into the bathroom I don't know how many times to perch in front of the mirror with a glass of pinot grigio and practiced The Poof until it was perfect. Heck, I even started sharing The Poof knowledge with my Bostonian girlfriends– their minds were BLOWN.
At the end of the day, you do whatever your heart tells you needs to be done when it comes to continuing to blog or not, and know that you have been (and continue to be) such a wonderful, refreshing presence to your readers. Wishing you all the best and congrats on how much you've accomplished this past year!!
I have been reading your blog for quite some time. I started blogging at styledlikearockstar and now this is where I am, but I have always loved you! You are so sweet and down to earth it has been wonderful seeing you grow and become more and more successful (you deserve it). Oh, and I am watching that movie the moment I get home from work!
I thought this was about to be a "Peace out, y'all" post & I was thinking, "oh no ma'am!!" I'm glad it's not though! I think it's so sad that people have tried to put a negative spin on American Blogger! No, I haven't seen it yet but, I am sure it is great. I'm not even in it & I think it's so cool that there's a documentary of a community I'm a part of! It's a pretty special one, we just can't let a few bad apples ruin it for us or anyone else. (Although, I know it has for some which is sad!) Anyways, I've been hoping you'll pop back in around here a little more often but, I understand that life & it's wants & needs are not the same anymore. I think we all go through stages trying to figure out what the purpose is of our blog, etc. & that is a-ok! Hope you have a great weekend!!
I would be sooooo sad to no longer see you blogging, and I'm glad that the film has restored your desire for blogging and this community. Your blog was one of the first blogs I started following years ago, and still one of my favs.
You have an amazing business and your life is insanely busy, and blogging shouldn't be a chore. Come around and update us when you have time and when it's fun 😉
For a moment there, I thought you were saying goodbye and instantly started to get sad. So glad you are here to stay, at least for now. Since the moment I found your blog it became a favorite and until this day it continues to be a favorite. I love watching you become successful in new business and live life to the fullest yet continue to stay humble and kind and focus on what really matters at the end of the day. I hope you never say goodbye to blogging but I'll understand if you do. I myself have been in a blogging writer's rut since the day I started blogging years ago lol. Now, I blog only when I feel inspired. Whether that's a month from now or a year. The people who truly care will stick around.
I absolutely LOVE your blog and love your Americanisms and cute style of writing. Your blog is inspirational and it's great to share your life journey XXXX
PLEASE do not stop blogging!
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