March 30, 2013

This Blog, 400 Posts In.

Changes: This is a picture of Tessa from November 2010, the same month I started this blog. She was 8 months old.

This marks my 400th blog post here. The majority of my posts were written in the first year and a half or so of the blog. I was resurfacing then from brand-new motherhood, which had just changed me profoundly and yet left me--I was relieved to find--the same old me that I ever was. I thought I had some things to say about it. I think I also had some extra time on my hands; that's not so much the case now. I began here in earnest, trying to blog once a day and filling the space with a flurry of "What I Wore" and "DIY" posts. I had only really been reading blogs for about six months prior to that; I was late to this game, but I wanted in. And I've loved blogging from the very beginning.

I pride myself on keeping it real, but one thing I haven't done much of is make fun of this blog and some of its missteps. The time is right. Let's review:

My DIY posts back in the day were a big hit. They still rank among my posts with the highest traffic. People eat DIY posts up with a spoon, even when the person writing them has no business writing them. Me, for instance. Most of the "DIYs" I did here have since either broken, gotten relegated to the back of the closet, or taken to Goodwill. This necklace, for instance, broke the second time I wore it. This necklace looked ridiculous on. So did this one. I wore this skirt once before I took it to Goodwill. And these shoes. Hideous. I don't even think Goodwill got them. I think the trash can did. And although I do actually wear this shower wrap pretty often, I cringe to think I took a picture of myself wearing it in my dining room and posted it on the world wide web. I could go on and on ...

Regarding the "Stuff I Wore" posts. Oh, gosh. They, too, also got a lot of clicks, but not a lot of comments. I can take this to mean that a) people love to see a person make a fool of herself and b) they were too nice to say so. I probably did these kind of posts because I was, at the time, following a lot of fashion blogs that featured everyday people and I felt inspired and thought that if they could do it so could I. I had fun with them, even though they never stopped feeling ridiculous to do. (There was that one time I wore a mumu.) But at the end of the day, I don't have an especially unique or valuable style perspective to offer and though I love clothes, I'm not particularly fashionable. (Especially not now, two babies in. Now, I'm too often in hoodies and Minnetonka moccasins and this one pair of jeans I have with a stretchy waistband.) I don't even have time to go thrifting anymore. But when I do find the time and a few extra dollars, I'll tell you that clothes shopping remains one of my most blissful pursuits.

These days when it comes to blogging I'm more about quality than quantity (although I do try to stick to a goal of blogging at least twice a week). I usually wait until I feel like I have something on my heart to say or a project to share that's really got me thrilled. I'd say that now my blog is 1/3 posts about how life-affirming and unbelievably beautiful motherhood is, 1/3 posts about how fucking terrible motherhood is, and 1/3 posts about things I've painted around the house. I like what it's become. And I actually like what it used to be, even though so much of it seems silly to me now. Just like so many things in my life, I look back and think, Oh, Lord, what was I thinking? It's been a process. I've changed so much, but still I'm the same. I continue to love coming here to write and share the things and people and moments I love. Cheers to another 400 posts. Thanks for reading still.



9 comments:

  1. I love your blog, fyi :)

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  2. Your links in this post cracked me up! I had always thought that your "what I wore" blogs might be to the music/song, "You're so vain!" but what did I know? I know you and really don't think that you are vain. I can't believe that its been 400 posts!--M.

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  3. I love your what I wore posts. .. sorry i never said it! different from others in that the clothes are thrifted and always inspired me to be more brave and quirky in my style.but yes when ur mum to young baby a lot of th time u wear the same comfortable thing every day. congrats I love your blog.

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  4. I loved the wild necklaces diys and style posts as much as I love the honesty about motherhood you post now. Thanks for the inspiration for keeping it real and blogging what matters to me more than mirroring what's out in the blog-world. I hope you keep it up because I always look forward to new posts!

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  5. I would come back here to read your shopping lists. You have a way with words, and I think you have a definite style, be it your clothes or your home decor. I just love your blog. /gushingcomment

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  6. I love your blog and the way you write. I will keep on reading for sure :D

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  7. Ditto! Love your blog. You have a gift with words, Ellen! Will you hurry up and write a novel already? I wanna buy it and read away! :) Happy FOUR HUNDRED!

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  8. I thought I commented on this the other day but obviously not! :) I have loved following the evolution of you and your blog. I appreciate your honesty on motherhood with two kids and enjoy your perspective on so much. I often can't comment when I read lately because I usually only read blogs now with a sleeping or feeding baby in my arms but know this, I've been rooting you on with everything :) Congrats on 400! Can't wait to read the next 400 :)

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  9. For the record... you rocked that mumu! I love your honesty, and your style. I think it is much better to be transparent than act like you have it all together. Truly a genuine person and looking forward to seeing the next 400!

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