There have been many times over the last two years I wonder should I just call a halt to my blog. It's hard not to compare it to other sleek parent blogs out there, and there are A LOT!
Recently I have been looking at my Instagram feed, it's not the most visually pretty, pinterest worthy of IG pages, especially compared to so many that I love to follow that are clean, monochrome, pastels, white washboard backgrounds, etc the ones that are visually appealing! I snap my pictures and post them, without giving too much thought of what's in the background. I have thought of cleaning it up a bit and making it more streamlined.
But….over the weekend I received the loveliest of messages from a follower, who has children the same age as me. Part of her message made me realise that though it's not the prettiest, it's true and it's probably typical of every mum with young kids! It contains the good, the bad and the ugly! It's real life! Come January it will be early mornings, scrubs on, bloody shoes and sore feet carrying me home in the dark after 13 hour shifts in the Emergency Department (not very IG worthy, but that's my life!).
Here is part of what she said:
"I really like ur Insta pics and comments as they are Refreshingly HONEST… (In a world where everyone seems hell bent on being perfect 😆) When I read ur feeds I am usually going through the same thing and I don't feel so bad/ also my little boy wouldn't take a bottle … But I persevered and we got there"
This put a smile on my face, it's that nod I needed that everyone is going through the same! Thank you to Y for sending me that. X
I think the main point of this message and of my post is not to believe everything you see. I know I get drawn into IG for hours looking at people's "perfect" pictures of their "perfect" lives, but really they more than likely have only their top half dressed, one corner in the house cleaned to take that perfect snap and have spent another hour perfecting the contents of a picture to make it "IG worthy"
What do you think? Should I leave it as it is or clean it up a bit? Are your favourite IG pages the clean streamlined pictures? Come and join us on our social media sites to see what we are up to: Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|Bloglovin
T, A & H xxxx