A New Year A New Me

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Every year I make a list of goals I have for the year. Cook more, eat less crap, exercise. It’s the same routine. I’m still doing that, with hopes of following through fr once. But this year, here online, I thought I’d make a personal blog resolution: To keep it real.

More Photographs.
More interaction.
Less comparing myself and my blog to others.
More honesty.
Less big company reviews.
More supporting mom-owned shops.
Less arguing.
More passion.
More returning the comment love.
More giving back to charities (like we did for March of Dimes).

There are blogs I LOVE to read. And every time I visit them I leave smiling and refreshed that there are still bloggers like this and this (and there are so many more but these are a couple of my many favorites).

When I go through my reader I see posts full of reviews, giveaways, pleas for more subscribers, and advertisements. I got swept up in this movement this year. It began to consume me. Not in 2011.

Now, if a giveaway is included in a post it’s at the bottom, in italics, and more discreet. If you leave a comment, you’re entered. No hoops to jump through, there aren’t a million ways to enter (because some people have all day to enter every way possible but most people don’t) if you just comment on the post you can win, and there’s maybe one way you can get an extra entry.

I was brought down by a handful of people on twitter, surrounding births of friends, my birth, decisions I was making regarding it, and how I’ve chosen to raise my child. I’ve found blogging about thinking about becoming a mom is much less controversial than decisions that come along with becoming a mother.  I let it get to me, but I won’t in 2011.

I can’t sensor and alter every line I type for fear someone will misread it the wrong way and think I’m talking about them. I can’t write in fear of offending. Or worry a joke toward myself will be taken the wrong way. I’d never intentionally hurt someone, but I can’t waste precious time trying to correct every single misunderstanding.

I won’t sugarcoat things. Actually, I think I’m good at not pretending like my life is perfect. That would be hard to fake.

I’m coming back next year. Stronger. Happier. Unafraid.

I’m gonna do me.

Happy New Year.

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28 Comments

  1. I think keeping it real is great. You should not feel bad about the decisions you make as a parent. Everyone parents differently, births differently, lives differently. It’s what gives life flavor and excitement. If we all did it the same, it would be bland. Bring it on 2011!!

  2. I have been a follower since parenting magazine. You have inspired me more than I could have imagined. Keep doing what you do and love on that precious daugther of yours. Oh yeah! don’t forget about the hubby too:) May god send many blessing upon you and your family in 2011.

  3. I sooo agree with the more photography! I really want to get a new and nicer camera and start filling up my blog with better shots. If you have a suggestion for a great camera, I’m all ears! lol

  4. Jenn, you do keep it real already, I feel. Love your blog and you baby is adorable! I ALWAYS read what you have to say-it is fresh and different than other blogs.
    The way to enter giveaways-THANK YOU! Who has time these days to do a million and one things for a giveaway? That just takes so much time. And it is stressful.
    Have a wonderful new year with your family!

  5. Jenn, I love reading your blog as well as watching you on tv. Keep up the good work. My grandpa just loves that little girl on the news 🙂 Happy New Year to you.

  6. I have a problem with caring about what other people say. I also have a problem about wanting approval from everyone, but that is not possible. By pleasing one person, I will piss off another and all that does is add more un-needed stress. I’m sure the same thing happens with you. I’m certainly working on that myself. You’ll probably be better at that than I will but we will get an A for trying 🙂

  7. true that! I love these resolutions. it can be easy to get into the money making part of blogging because don’t we all want to spend time on this and get something back too? i believe u can be honest and real AND make money! and p.s. i just had a baby too and totally agree with you! i had no idea parenting was so darn controversial!

  8. first of all, Happy new Year. Keep an eye on that littl one, they grow up so fast, and i can’t believe how biog she is.I remember back whne we were first saying how we “thought” that were pg. lol. I pray this year is fantastic for you. hugs.

  9. Amen!!!! Good for you….I will still be here. Reading and supporting. Love you and your blog. Oh, and that sweet babe of yours kinda helps….alot! I know you understand. I look forward to seeing her sweet spunky face on new pics….happy new year!!! Now, go and do you!!!

  10. I am totally looking forward to it all. Happy New Year. A toast (with my sparkling grape juice) to you and all that is in store for the future 🙂

  11. Gotta love that face J is making. LOL. And I’m totally with you about not censoring your every word. This is your blog and if you have change who you are in writing to keep the peace then it’s really not worth it. Ppl need to learn to agree to disagree and keep it moving.

    Respect other ppl’s space and their opinions!

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