12.17.2013

One Thing I've Learned From A Fellow Blogger

top: KMK Styling // pants: stitch fix // boots: target

Oh blogging, the topic never gets old. That is unless you don't blog and in which case the topic is old before it even got brought up. However, for all of you who have a space of your own on the interwebs, I think you can agree that the art of talking about blogging can be a fascinating hobby and somehow never seems to get old. Similar to my thoughts on staring at Channing Tatum for hours on end. 

If you step back and dissect the act of blogging it can be so simple yet so hard, so satisfying yet so frustrating, so high and then so low, basically it's like a fourteen year old getting her period for the first time. SO MANY EMOTIONS. One minute we think we have it all figured out and the next minute we see somebody else who has it truly all figured out (or so we think). We question why things work for them but not for me, we question why others don't do things the way we do, basically we question everything that doesn't even need to be turned into a question because we are women and that is what we do. With all that being said though, there is one thing that I have picked up on when it comes to blogging (and life in general) that will never steer you in the wrong direction and can take you to greater blogging heights: genuineness. That's right. Something as simple (and not so simple) as that. The art of being grateful, showing appreciation, and accepting gratitude. I'll be the first to admit that one or more of the above don't always come easy to me, and it's not because I am not grateful, it's because I am not always intentional with showing it. I absolutely love hearing from you readers, but I don't always do a great job of showing that to you by corresponding back or leaving you a nice little note out of the blue. It's one of those things that I think we as bloggers undervalue and quickly deem either "not me" or "me". However, if you want to start analyzing page views, comments, overall communication with readers, it's something that we have to focus on. Genuine gratitude breeds genuine readers which breeds a better blog for both you and for them. 

Basically all of this came to my mind when I was thinking about a certain blogger who excels in this area. Not only does she show me love on a regular basis, she shows MANY (many) people love on the daily, and the best part of all--she means it. Helene is the real deal and as jealous as I can get about wishing I had more of her genuine abilities, she teaches me things. She is a true gem in this online world which I can assure you means she is also a gem in the "real" world. I think all of us bloggers could learn a thing or two from Helene when it comes to being a presence here on the internet. In case you don't know who I am referring to, allow me: 

I guess this is just a giant note to Helene for teaching me this lesson of gratitude through her actions. So Helene, thanks. You are bettering the blog world one word at a time. 
And because she is so grateful to you all, she is giving one of you a $35 Sephora gift card. For what? I don't know other than the fact she is awesome. Get your enter on below but seriously, please get to know Helene. You will not be sorry. 
ps. lesson number two learned from Helene: live the heck out of life. she does it so, so well. 
What is one thing you have learned from a fellow blogger?
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32 comments:

  1. I TOTALLY agree with everything you said about the conflicting emotions regarding blogging. I LOVE your blog and respect you as being the matriarch of a truly successful blog. You are the real deal. I'm so thankful you allow us glimpses into your life, because you are so beautiful and so inspiring!

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  2. Awww I love what you said about Helene because I've actually noticed that myself. I have the teeniest, tiniest blog (in fact I've referred to it as microscopic) and yet every now and then I'll see her name pop up in my email and it makes me realize that big or small, she appreciates us all! So thanks, queen bee, for letting everyone know how much we appreciate her! :)

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  3. Helene's blog is definitely one of my favorites!

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  4. Helene is a gem! I totally agree with you. She will send me emails if she noticed something did not work on my blog and is quick to give advice or a fun story. The world needs more people like her!

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  5. I love Helene's blog. She is so great about responding to everything!

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  6. Being honest, hilarious, and humble are important to me in a blogger... plus, I like alliteration. Thanks for spreading the word about Helene's blog. Off to check it out. :)

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  7. Couldn't agree more about Helene! So sweet and genuine! She deserves all the success her blog brings.

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  8. Helene is one of my favs! I love a blogger who you can tell genuinely cares about their readers!

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  9. Helene is one of my absolute favorites. I don't get too read every post but when I do, they resonate.

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  10. Helene IS AWESOME and I don't need a gift card for that awesomeness. She is one of the first bloggers that I ever followed when I began my blogging "journey" and she set the bar high. Not only is she extremely helpful but she's a friend and she's real. She will tell you like it is and she will you know just how genuine she really is.. whether she's leaving you a comment on your blog, responding to your comments, trying to help you with something you're having trouble with (even if she's just telling you she has no idea), or emailing you back and forth about some tunes that you both love. She's the real deal and I'm so glad that you took this chance to speak of her because she's pretty darn worth it!

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  11. HELENE IN BETWEEN FOR BLOGGER PRESIDENT!!!!

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    1. I make a motion to put this into effect immediately! Helene is the best!!

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  12. I love Helene! She is the absolute sweetest!

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  13. I had never heard of Helene's blog before today, but certainly after reading all these sweet words about her as a blogger and person, I'm adding her to my blogroll!

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  14. Helene and her blog are just pure happiness. she has such a vibrant soul!

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  15. Helene is one of my favs for sure, and so are you. I think you've done very well at being genuine from jump girlie. I should know :) I've been reading you a looooong time.

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  16. She must be good...according to security at my workplace, her site is deemed "suspicious"!!

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  17. Completely agree! You can spot someone who's not genuine from a mile away. Helene is one of my favorite bloggers - and honestly, her blog is probably my one and only window to cool music, ha! And hey, Erin, you're pretty awesome yourself - I've learned many a thing from you as well :)

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  18. I think the genuinity you have with this community out ways any "flaws" you may see in yourself. It is nice to not have to guess about what a blogger is really doing all of the work for.

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  19. Love this post, and LOVE your outfit! That top. Oh, and I'm dying to try Stitch Fix. I'm new to your blog and am a fan!

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  20. Seriously LOVE Helene...she has been an amazing bloggy friend to have acquired :)

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  21. Commenting and communicating has allowed me to interact and truly value people and their blogs. It is a great way to see that people actually care about what you are blogging about, as well as showing people you are interested in them!

    xo. Kailagh

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  22. I have no idea why, but heleneinbetween.com is a "forbidden category" for me to access at work - they firewall all sorts of things like facebook etc, but apparently helene's page is "suspicious"? I guess it kinda sounds like a naughty adult site, if you think about it too hard. :( So i haven't had a chance to read her blog yet - hopefully I will!

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    1. Sometimes that happens with sites associated with BlogHer, it's unfortunate!

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  23. You just can't help but love that girl!!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)