July 28, 2011

Blog-watching

My new favorite read is the blog Hither and Thither -- often I feel it encapsulates all of the things I want out of my life. 
Living in NYC, working as a freelance writer and editor, exploring the city, traveling around the world, and eating.
OK, fine. It's probably the eating. In fact, it's definitely the eating.
That's the life I want. A life of eating.
And they really really like to eat.
Which makes me really really like their blog.

However, very often the whole blog scene freaks me out a little bit.
So much of our blog fetish seems to stem from envy... we read about other people's lives, other people's businesses, other people's babies, and it breeds this giant wad of envy deep in the pit of our stomachs that starts to make us question our own lives, which are probably pretty damn good to begin with. Bloggers turn into mini-celebrities...but these particular celebs are somewhat accessible, and there is a built-in dialogue via comment fields, twitter, etc. that makes it feel like you truly know them.

Don't get me wrong, the blogging community is powerful and supportive and has been able to do a lot of great things for people.

But it still makes me uncomfortable.
We spend so much time watching other people's lives we risk missing our own.

2 comments:

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

The key to it all, I think, is finding the blogs that inspire you. Avoiding the consumer-ish ones. And really limiting yourself, recognizing when it's become too much.

Anonymous Girl said...

My personal favorite is this one :

http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.com/

Inspiration and love all the way!