1. Haters gonna hate.
Let’s get this one out of the way. Some people try to work through their personal demons by leaving mean comments on blogs. And unfortunately, those people also seem to have a lot of time on their hands. Though I’m always stung by hurtful words, I have grown better at dealing with it–or rather, not dealing with it. By not responding. I’m always up for healthy debate and discussion, but people who leave mean-spirited comments aren’t going to change their minds, so sometimes, I just don’t bother. Making that decision has been incredibly freeing.
2. My kids will make a liar out of me.
As soon as I boast on this blog about a new food my kids absolutely love, they will reverse course. Just to mess with me. And keep me humble.
3. It’s hard to take photos of food.
Really hard. Something can look absolutely delectable to the eye–but like a pile of worms covered in slime through the camera lens. It’s especially hard when your photography studio is your dining room. I’ve spilled an entire smoothie down a heating vent while trying to get a photo of it. Despite how it appears on ye olde blogosphere, food photography is not easy, and it’s definitely not glamorous.
4. It’s a guessing game.
I never know which posts will hit and which ones will fizzle. I haven’t totally cracked the code. But sadly, it seems to have an inverse correlation to the amount of time I put into them. The ones I bang out in a fit of irritation go over like gangbusters (like Fear & Loathing on Facebook and My Post-4o Weight Gain Frustrations). The ones I spend hours on are met with the resounding chirp of crickets (like 5 Easy Ways To Cut Sugar From Your Child’s Diet–go give it some love, would you?).
5. Changing your mind is okay.
When you commit strong opinions to internet eternity, some of them will eventually expire. As I learn more and experience more, I occasionally shift my viewpoints. I’m human. (Read: 4 Foods I’ve Changed My Mind About).
6. Someone will always be doing it bigger, better, and faster.
“Comparison is the thief of joy”, right? And while that couldn’t be truer, comparison couldn’t be harder to stop doing, especially in the blogging world. It’s hard to not wish I had more time, more energy, more help, more frequent posts, more likes, more shares, more, more, more. But the truth is, we all have something to contribute. And that’s true not just for blogging, but for real life too.
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