Apr 23, 2013

Why I Blog


I just realized I have never written a post about the reasons I blog. Although it isn't something that I have to do, I always appreciate reading about why bloggers do what they do.

First off, I never intended for this blog to be a personal style blog. I didn't even know that existed. I started blogging around the time that Eric and I got married, in order to keep our families and friends updated on what we were doing with our lives. I think I updated it about 3 times a year :)

Slowly, I began to discover blogs out there dedicated to specific things. I started out mostly reading home blogs (we were in the process of purchasing our first home), and then I stumbled upon a few personal style blogs. I thought the concept was really cool, and even though I don't own anything from Prada, Donna Karan, or even JCrew, I thought blogging about my outfits might help me get out of my clothing rut (you can read my style resolution here). And it really did! I feel like I dress more intentionally now, which is definitely a good thing.

But here is the thing, posting about clothing (and home decor, and design) can feel kind of superficial. Not only that, the Bible teaches us to not focus on earthly things:

"Do not store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasures is."
Matthew 6:19-21


I want to lead a life that represents Christ and to me that means not being wrapped up things or an image. But, I do not think that means I need to sell all my possessions and live in the woods and sing gospel songs all day long. I do, however, need to be aware of my focus in life. If that's clothes, well, there's a problem for me.

But here's the thing, I have to get dressed every day. I think it is ok to feel good about what I am wearing, since I have to wear something anyway. That's where this blog comes in. It encourages me to put a little effort into what I'm wearing. I'm using this blog to focus on ways to wear items that I already have, as well as thoughtfully and prudently adding items to my wardrobe. Basically, my goal is to have as few clothes as possible while still feeling cute and confident in what I'm wearing.

Now, let's switch back to home decor really quick. My goal here is similar. I DO NOT want to be caught up in the idea that my home has to be perfect, or that I have to spend a lot of money to make my home attractive. I want my home to be a place that makes me happy and reflects the people that live there. I also don't want to spend a lot of money on my home - I don't want to be annoyed when someone spills wine on the couch or the dog chews the legs of the coffee table (yes, both have happened).

If you didn't read this entire post, please just know what this blog is about. The Cream to My Coffee is about the little things that make life fun - wearing stripes and polka dots together, hanging up a new picture frame, putting pumpkin creamer in your coffee. Sure, these aren't the things that make life worth living, but they are things I want to acknowledge and appreciate. 

Why did you start blogging? 

17 comments:

  1. I love this whole post. And, girlfriend, if wearing polka dots with stripes, hanging picture frames, and putting pumpkin creamer in your coffee make you happy then that is what makes life worth living. Of course you can toss the big guy upstairs and your hubby in there too but I think you know what I mean ;)

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    1. Haha I definitely know what you mean! Thanks for the encouragement, Holly :)

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  2. You pretty much described exactly why I started blogging! I too wanted to give myself motivation to dress better and to prove to myself that it doesn't take a closet full of designer labels (or just a closet full!) to dress well and be trendy.
    And the part about the Bible saying to not focus on worldly possessions? This was the biggest reason I was afraid of my friends finding out about my blog, that they would think I was being a bad Christian.
    Thanks so much for writing your thoughts down, it helped me put into words what I have been trying to tell people when they ask me about my blog! :)

    -Whitley
    Simply Whit in a Sequined Life

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    1. Exactly! I definitely don't want to be seen as material-obsessed or worldly, but I do want to make the most of what I have. I definitely think there is a balance and I'm glad I'm not the only trying to find it!

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this. I've struggled with whether my outfit posts are too "frivolous", but I also started blogging about my outfits to help myself be more intentional about how I buy and how I put things together. Silly as it sounds, it has helped me to stop struggling every morning when I get up to get dressed. I also like to blog about fun stuff - finding a good deal thrifting, or my flowers, etc. God is in those little things, too. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's so true! Since I started blogging my outfits, my clothes have been a lot more intentional and put-together. I think God's OK with that :)

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  4. I love this post! I've definitely struggled with what I blog about too; sometimes it can feel superficial or conceited to share some of the things I enjoy. But you're absolutely right, even though fashion, food, and decor aren't the most important things, they're part of life, and if you're going to have to do them, you may as well celebrate them :) Thanks for sharing this!!

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    1. Exactly! I have a home to put things in and I have clothes to wear - I definitely want to make the most of it, but I don't want it to be my focus. It's definitely something I have to be careful about!

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  5. I love that you shared this! I originally started my blog as a creative outlet like a lot of people and like to keep it a happy place but I also think just being part of the blogging community makes it worthwhile - there's so much inspiration and support and posts like these to make you think!

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    1. I agree - the community is one of the best things! Now I know why people are into on-line dating haha!

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  6. You're adorable!

    I noticed myself nodding and cheering as I continued to read each sentence!

    I feel that way at times.. superficial. But I know I'm not. And I know that is not what life is about.
    But like you, I have to dress up every day and I, too, don't own anything from Prada, Donna Karan, or JCrew. I'm lucky that I own a few Coach items but that's it ;)


    I love blogging and I love your blog! Seriously.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog... :)

    Such a great post!

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    1. You are so sweet, Adrienne! I DO NOT want to be superficial - hopefully my friends and family would be honest with me if it ever got to that point. My way of dealing with that for now is just having fun and not taking it too seriously!

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  7. Okay, a few things: We are both married to men named Eric. I am from Oklahoma (currently living in DC)! And, you touched on something I have thought long and hard about in this post. I, too, have struggled with my materialistic tendencies as a blogger. It's just everywhere! But, I have come to the same conclusion as you: there is a difference between making material things (especially clothing) your idol, and learning to be grateful for what you have. THINGS are never the problem. Our hearts are. Anyway, I loved this post, and I look forward to reading more from you!

    Jenny
    jenericgeneration.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooookay - crazy! Let's be blog friends, ok?

      Most blogs that I follow are about things (home, clothes, etc), but I just try to keep the perspective of making the best use of what I have and not letting it be my focus. It's tough but it can be done!

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  8. Great reasons to blog! Glad we're blogging buddies (and, of course, buddies in real life as well. :))

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  9. Love this! It's like you took the words right out of my mouth!

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