6.16.2016

When You Realize Your Blog Sucks

this photo represents me walking away from my blog and personality / deep stuff right there

It happened yesterday afternoon. I was trying to remember when I had originally went part-time at my job and knew that I had surely blogged about this momentous event when it happened. I did what I always do in time of desperate need, googled "living in yellow part-time" and alas, this blog post popped up. I knew it was most likely going to be a good one [also read: weird and inappropriate] when I read the title "To those of you sleeping with me tonight" to which I proceeded to talk about how I smelled like fish that was fried over lard and how I was nervous that Shawn was going to expect me to vacuum with my new found free time. You know - the good stuff I used to write about. I sat there laughing out loud reading this girl's blog thinking "who is this girl and why don't I know her anymore?!" 


Last evening I continued to spend hours reading blog posts from several years ago [how old does something from 2012 sound these days, geesh] and missed myself more than I ever have before. You guys, my blog was a goldmine of content to make fun of me, judge me [literally, I wrote a post on 10 reasons you should], be disgusted by me, laugh at me and do I dare even say - relate to me!? Now I remember why I loved blogging so much, it was that good ole F word, fun. This curated crap you see every day? The pretty pictures, the cute outfits, the shiny new products, yeah it's great and all - but it's got nothin' on late night twitter calls, posts about cock, and how I still to this day can't get my husband to tell me I'm beautiful

Here's the thing - it all started to go downhill around here when I realized that "oh hi! I work part-time now so that I can make this fun little hobby my job! This content has to be professional-ish now! My pictures need to make my teeth look white! Can I still refer to my readers as cute pickle bottoms? What line shouldn't I cross?" Did you just fall asleep too? Yeah, me too. 



So then I decided I'm going to start a 30 day challenge called #bringingmyblogback. Think bringing sexy back, just more exciting because we are talking about blogs. 30 days of absolutely no sponsored stuff. 30 days of whatever the heck I want, straight old school style. FREEDOM! Real life freedom! July is the month and it's going to be a party around this place. Mostly because I turn 30 but also because I will be writing about cellulite, eating chocolate covered bananas [it's seriously so awkward] and actual life happenings that could very well include pooping my pants at work. It happened, it was weird, we'll get there. 


If you want to participate, simply use the #bringingmyblogback hashtag when sharing your new blog posts on social media so we can all rally together and cheer each other on as we bring back what was one of the greatest wastes of time ever. MySpace on steroids, we're doin' it and we're doin' it big. I can't wait to discover my quirky ramblings again and hopefully bring a smile to at least one of our faces. 


Who's ready to bring this blogging thing back? Insert picture here of my back.

dress [wearing a small for reference] // wedges 

Nailed it. 

ps. I get that these pictures have zero relevance to the content at hand, however I have about a million outfit shoots sitting on my computer that I need to upload so you're going to have to deal with it. While my blog may suck, I believe that posts with zero pictures suck even more. 

[photo cred goes to the always awesome tina herschberger photography, a slight step-up from my husband]

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44 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you to bring it back! I started reading your blog way back in 2012 and loved it. Faithful follower, until you went all professional. Sure I check in on you from time to time, but I was never hooked. I loved your raw, random, totally off the wall posts so I am so excited to see "you" return.

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  2. This is a hoot. I'm an old who just recently discovered your blog (you know your mug is all over Pinterest, right?)and you seem like a crap load of fun. I look forward to July.

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  3. I came across your blog over Chtistmas when I googled my favourite Colour #yellow . I went all the way back to your earlier posts then the middle and back to the most recent I love the fashion , your taste in home decor and your day-2-days time spent with family and friends. All the best with the 30day challenge I'll be on the look out ��

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  4. Love it! My blog sucks too, but my mom loves it, so...WIN!???
    http://lipstickonanelephant.blogspot.com/

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  5. I won't lie I am excited to read the real relatable stuff. I typically skip over the sponsored posts because lets be real that is not what I am looking for in a blog.

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  6. I am a more recent reader of your blog and I love it! I love how real you are.... much more so than many of the photoshopped, brand name everywhere, look at how great I am and how great my life is, don't you want to be/ wish you were me blogs that I see EVERYWHERE. I am almost 43 so know /have seen and been through enough life to know that no one is perfect, life is not perfect and in many ways feel sorry for some of these women who always have to show us a life that is 'perfect" You are a breath of fresh air :)

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  7. It's OK for your teeth not to be white! You are "Living in Yellow" after all, for all we know, that could be why you called it that! ;-) Glad to see a comeback...I think we all need to step back from our computers sometimes and go from the outside looking in ...to see if we are still being our raw and authentic selves. www.morgan-jennifer.com

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  8. You know I've been reading along since the very beginning...and I'm really excited to hear this. I missed what blogging was a few years ago. Just women (and guys) sharing their stories, their lives, their thoughts. The sponsorship and everything is great too. For every person that can make an income from their blog I say GOOD FOR YOU! But I agree a lot of us lost that je ne sais quio that made blogging so addictive. I haven't blogged as much over the past year or so, because I haven't felt like I fit in the blogging world anymore, but I will be more than happy to participate in #bringingmyblogback.

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    1. "I missed what blogging was a few years ago. Just women (and guys) sharing their stories, their lives, their thoughts." You read my mind!

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  9. I am SO excited for this! I've always loved your goofy, relatable, and hysterical posts! I don't think you give yourself enough credit though - even your sponsored posts are great because you mix it in with a funny story or photos of an event, etc. so that it doesn't SEEM sponsored. I'm sure that poop story could be a great sponsored post for toilet paper :)

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  10. Ha! I can't wait for July! I'm so excited to read whatever you have in the works!

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  11. Props, girl! We all gotta make a living, but I'm so excited for you that you'll be revisiting your crude and open self, It's going to be so fun! Maybe it can help you build a happy blend of sponsored and WTF? posts going forward!

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  12. Woohoo! I've been reading since the beginning as well and basically skim once a week now bc of all the sponsored stuff. I understand blogging is your job and you need to make money, but it feels icky to me. It's not relatable any longer. Thanks for realizing it and striving to make it better.

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  13. Looking forward to it. Real posts is what I look for in a blog, and won't even read blogs that are full of sponsored stuff.

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  14. Yes, I am very excited for you to go back to the roots that I so fell in love with. Think I will have to hook up with you on the task as I try to revive/launch my Wisconsin Wilds. ps...I am seriously hoping that there will be a drunken fell of the boat story (sometimes you just need to know you are not alone)

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  15. Once you start blogging for profit, it changes everything! Sponsorship changes you. Sad but true. I just found you not long again but sometimes I do feel like everything is sponsored.

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  16. haha!! i cannot wait :) looking forward to the next 30 days of your blog!

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  17. giiiiirl - if you tell me how you pooped your pants at work i'll tell you about the night i met my husband.

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  18. welcome "back" and professional or full time does not have to mean boring nor appropriate it just means you have more time dedicated to having fun. Looking forward to see what happens

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  19. I wilk he so happy if you return!! I've been following since you promised to mail cookies out to people for some reason. I was one of the lucky recipients! I stopped following when you became a professional blogger!! Can't wait to read the real you blog posts!!!

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  20. beautiful dress! xx

    http://laurralucie.blogspot.de/

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  21. YAY!! I am so excited. I have followed since the beginning, and kind of stopped once it got professional, I was so excited for you but at the same time missed old school you!!! <3

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  22. I am so inspired by this and I wish I could #bringingmyblogback, I am to busy trying to bring my blog to life!
    But I want to encompass everything that you stated and being really and bringing a laugh are my ultimate goals.
    I will be following along and learning along the way from your blog, thank you!



    Good for you!


    http://tarahmichelesutter.com/

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  23. I love your blog and always happy to read and always still get a laugh! Looking forward to more laughing and relating! Tania 💛💛💛

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  24. I do the same thing when I look back over some of my older blog posts, especially when I go back in and dig into my first blog! Craziness! Back when there weren't really "blogging rules." I miss those days.

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  25. Yay your pretty photos with sponsored posts are great any all but I skip right past it. Glad to have real writing back!

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  26. July 30th birthdays representttt! Holla! I'm all about the realness, I don't mind sponsored stuff as I do it from time to time and if it feels good to read and you don't know its sponsored till the end than great but I love the realness about nothing and everything more. Excited for July :) XX

    Chelsea | East Willow Grove

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  27. As a newish follower, I'm looking forward to it! Though I will say that my closet is much happier due to all your outfit ideas and Nordstrom recs (though I can't say the same for my husband...ha!) Happy Freedom Month! :-)

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  28. This is exciting! I love your blog regardless but I started following because you're so real... Can't wait for #bringingmyblogback!!!!

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  29. I'm so glad you wrote this post! I have been missing hearing from you... really you. Not your clothes or your sponsors. That has got to be a tough facade to keep up. I understand the need to monetize the time spent on a blog, but I so enjoy reading about the people in the blog.Not the stuff. I'm excited for this 30 days!

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  30. I absolutely love this post ♥ It is so crazy how much blogging has changed. I remember when I started my first blog back in 2009 (sort of freaks me out that I have been blogging on and off for seven years, yikes) and what the "popular" things were then. Blogging has definitely grown. I do love some sponsored posts as long as the content is fun and personal, but I do prefer personal posts that are fun. It is easy to get caught up in the sponsorship posts though. I mean, who doesn't love free products and compensation for blogging? I cannot wait to join in with my new blog!

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  31. Love this idea E! I've felt the same things for a good six months now, still trying to find the balance of it all. I think you do an amazing job with your content sponsored or not. Planning to participate with you! Let's do this ����

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  32. Best blog post title ever. #micdrop

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  33. Yay! There is nothing I love more than a blogger who seems to have some personality. To be fair, you still have personality even in the posts you don't personally feel as proud of - but I understand the difference when you know the potential and what it used to be.

    (It can't just be me that finds the generic blogs and 'perfect' lifestyles a bit dull.)

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  34. So happy to hear this... I honestly stopped following because you were always promoting something and it just didn’t seem like “you”! Can’t wait to read now!

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  35. I'm looking forward to this! It seems like a lot of my formerly favorite blogs have gone sponsored for every single post and I've stopped reading them because of it. Looking forward to the real posts!

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  36. I'm so excited for this! My favorite posts are your totally random thoughts. :)

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  37. I cannot wait for this! I've been hooked ever since your "up sexy" post, which I still laugh about more than I really should :).

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  38. Love it. I personally love your blog & find you absolutely hilarious. The funniest posts are of course the most "inappropriate" ones. I don't mind your sponsored posts that much because at least you make the pics gorgeous and I'm a sucker for aesthetics. I think finding a balance of the two will make this the perfect spot. Looking forward to July, boats, booze, boys (well your hubby anyway) and all the crazy things that I love about your life!!

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  39. My favorite posts are when you just share your life! I know that sounds boring, but it is still fun to read! I would also love to hear about your exercise/diet routine---I feel like you're super real in that regard (hello, i <3 mac n' cheese too) and you look great but don't just eat lettuce and would love to hear how you keep it balanced!

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  40. Love your blog! It is the best! You keep it interesting and entertaining. I love your style and humor. Keep on writing!

    PS. I love Mac n Cheese... I could it daily if it didn't like my hips so much. And it is the BEST hangover food. EVER.

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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 :)