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Authenticity in Blogging
Authenticity in blogging is a bit of an oxymoron. Blogging and social media revolve around beautiful photos that capture your attention. Photos that make the reader/viewer think that they need whatever that influencer is wearing, styling, “talking” about.
But things have come full circle lately. Readers and followers, myself included, are tired of the endless stream of unattainable and unrelatable posts in their Instagram feed. When I started W&R I was a stay at home mom trying to redefine my personal style. My 6 year old son took most of my photos with my iPhone! Those days are long over, but I’ve found myself returning to my roots lately. More casual, less staged, closer to home…more “me”.
It seems that slowly, authenticity in blogging is returning. Things like Instagram Stories, give viewers the opportunity to feel a connection with bloggers by getting a behind the scenes look at their life.
Blogging is a super weird job. It’s a constant balancing act of how much to share. And if I’m being honest, it can be difficult not to get caught up in trends and what other bloggers are wearing/buying. It’s not always easy to stay true to yourself.
Being a Trustworthy Blogger: What I Really Wear
I realized last year that W&R had become more wishes and less reality. More aspirational and less inspirational. You see, I am still a stay at home mom. A little bit older and wiser, yes, but still a stay at home mom. And the small income that I do make from this blog, is essentially reinvested back into this blog. I want to keep it real. Most days are spent running my household, taking care of my kids, running the never ending list of errands, shuffling to and from extracurricular activities and preparing and cleaning up after meals. It’s #momlife and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But if you’re a mom in the real world, you know that mom life doesn’t involve stilettos and flirty dresses. And while I still plan to share those things from time to time, I hope you guys are ok, with a little more reality up in here.