May 3 2012

interweb letdown.

For starters…I’m sharing this pretty picture because the rest of this post may be a little ugly.

For most of my life I’ve had a *bit* of a contrarian attitude towards a lot of things.  I’m not sure where it comes from.  I do feel, however, that it’s highly important to do/wear/listen to/eat things that you like.  Because you like them.  End of story.  Because of that, I approach trends with maybe a more cynical attitude and try to evaluate if I actually like the trend for realzies or if it’s just popular culture swaying my opinion.

This brings me to blogging.

It’s pretty cool, right?

I know.

I’ve had this blog since 2007 (that’s 5 years this summer!) When I started it was kind of a dorky thing to do  and I didn’t really share it with many people because: a) who really cared anyway? I just liked designing the page and writing random thoughts and b) in 2007, when you said “I have a blog!”  people would go, “A what?”

Today pretty much everyone has a blog and to be perfectly honest I’m having a difficult time being one of the throngs.  It’s made me back up and seriously evaluate what I put on my website because I really don’t want to be just another one of those “lifestyle” bloggers.

Because lately I’ve been noticing a trend.  Everyone wants to be the next big blogger.  And what’s huge in the blogging world now?  DIY’s!  Personal Fashion!  Personal Fashion DIY’s!  I totally dug DIY posts when I first started getting into reading blogs.  It was fun to see what other people where making out of virtually nothing.  I also thought that the personal fashion thing was neat; you know, “Hey, I’m not a model, but I can make these clothes look good too.”

But now it seems as though everyone is so eager to be the top blogger (Hm…I wonder if that’s a TV show yet?) that they flood the blogosphere (totally hate that word) with watered down crummy posts just for the sake of saying to their readers “Hey!  I put something on my website!  Read it! Love it!”  But for serious, why do we need DIY’s on how to hot glue feathers to a t-shirt? (or virtually anything for that matter, it seems)  Or how to paint a terracotta pot? (Come on.  Get a pot.  Get some paint.  Done.)  The part that makes me really sad, is when I see the 1057 comments on the post where everyone says “OMG! TOTALLY SWOONING OVER THIS RIGHT NOW!!1!1″ and then post the link to their website, which, let’s be honest, is just a complete knock-off of any one of the top blogs right now.

Fashion blogging has also gotten strangely narcissistic.  Do you really need to share 20 shots of yourself in the same outfit?  Maybe, just maybe, you could cut the number down?  Three, possibly?  Wide shot, detail shot and a movement shot?  Think about what you yourself would want to see if you were on someone else’s website.

Blogging is becoming the new lifestyle magazine.  So I think it’s important as bloggers to realize that magazines take a lot of time working on each article.  They also have a whole team of people making sure that the content is publishable.

But really, it all comes back to doing what you like because you like it.  I feel like so many of the blogs that I (now no longer) follow got caught up in posting as often as possible (even if the post sucked) for the sake of keeping their readership.  Stop posting dumb last minute blasé DIY’s.  Use your creative mind and post cool things again.  And if you can’t think of anything this week, then don’t worry.  I can wait.  (One of my most favourite bloggers hasn’t posted in a month.  I don’t mind.  Because when she does come back, it’ll be awesome.)

So I’ve decided to make a blog oath:

I, Courteney Rodda of “The Titled Blog” solemnly swear that I:

- Will post about things that I:

A) Really like, and not things that are just trendy right now.

B) Feel need to be said.

- Will not post 504 pictures of myself in the same dress in one post.  I will use my discretion when picking images for a post.

- Will not water down this corner of the interweb with careless blogging.  If I don’t have anything good to post, I will not post at all.

- Will never hot-glue feathers on anything and share it with my readers as a DIY.

I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute blogs in this manner, and no other.







Mar 8 2011

hipsta tuesday: {blah}

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged for the last few days. That’s probably because I feel a little like this:

You may have also noticed that I did not number today. That is because I have decided that 365 blogs are passe.
And I was also tired of feeling obligated to blog every day.
I really love to write, and I really hate feeling like I have to write something, even when I don’t have something to write. (ya know?)
I want to provide interesting posts that are well written. Not just a plethora of forced babble.
So 365 is out. I still plan on writing regularly, so fear not!

PS: Today I came home from work, feeling like poop. My sore throat/cough that I had for a week has now turned into a new head cold complete with burning sinus and watering eyes. I was just about to sit down and relax when I saw one of my cows galloping (yes, galloping) through my front yard. I quickly ran out to see that both our cows were out and one was by the road (getting spooked by every car that drove by). We had to lure them back into their field with oats (and we still have no idea how they got out–although there were two strange vehicles with some strange men staring at me at our office next door…hmmm…trouble makers?)
Not how I wanted to wind down after being sick at work all day.
Silly cows.


Jul 26 2010


Well, well, well.  Happy 100th Blog Post day to me.  I can not believe that I have had this blog since 2007, and I have only posted 100 times.  I started this blog under heavy protest on June 9, three years ago (My thought: blogs were too much a part of pop culture. So passé.   Dave’s thought: I needed a creative outlet to vent.  I agreed to try it for just a little while.)  And here I am.  One hundred posts later.
I’ve found in the last few months that I am struggling to find motivation to blog.  I have many things in my brain that I would love to write about, but I am very good at getting on the computer and not blogging. ;)  (A big reason is because I work from home mainly, so any time I get on the computer I feel like I want to work)  So I have decided to give in to another passé internet fad.  The 365 day photo/blog challenge.  I believe the excitement for this fad has indeed died down enough for me to attempt it.  I’m hoping this will be enough to get me blogging again.
There you have it.  Next year at this time I will hopefully be celebrating my 465 blog post. :S

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