Okay, I have a confession to make about when I started this blog a few years ago: I was trying too hard to fit the “lifestyle blogger” mold. I thought my photos needed to be as gorgeous as everyone else’s. That I had to write groundbreaking posts. That I couldn’t post anything that might be seen as remotely similar to anyone else’s posts – which, by the way, I’m pretty sure is impossible these days.
So, what happened when all of that ended up being not-so-fun? I quit. I had been trying so hard to fit that mold that I stopped enjoying myself. It took me a long time to realize that if I write what I want to write, include photos that I want to include, and generally just be myself, that will be way more enjoyable – not only to me, but to any potential readers. And I vowed I would try again.
And still, I delayed. Even though I had come to the realization that I had to be myself, I worried that people wouldn’t be interested in my blog at all. But it recently dawned on me that I have to blog for myself, not for anyone else.
I’m in the generation for which blogging started as a true online journal sort of thing. We didn’t used to worry about aesthetics or about having posts go viral. There wasn’t any social media to promote our posts. Our blogs were for us and for anyone we chose to share them with.
With that in mind, I decided I would relaunch Glass & Berries (for real this time), and do it for myself. I decided I would share DIYs, crafts, favorites, tips and tricks, and more, without worrying about them fitting the mold. I decided I wouldn’t feel like I had to do it all right away – and by “all” I mean things like having 10 posts a day with dozens of social media posts to spread the word.
Which brings me here. Maybe no one will ever read this. Maybe it’ll truly be just for me. But you know what? That’s okay. Molds can be uncomfortably perfect anyway.
To anyone who does read this and makes it this far, I’d like to say hello. Maybe for the first time, maybe not. I’d love for you to stick around. Maybe we can break the mold together.