Good morning, all! I have two more small projects that I need to finish for the bathroom today, so I’ll be showing you the final before and after tomorrow. So if you’re thinking, “Just give me the decorating!” then you might want to skip this post and check back tomorrow. 🙂 It’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings.
Yesterday as I was working on all of the finishing touches (Why is there soooo much painting, grouting, and caulking in such a tiny room!?!), I started thinking about exactly why I write this blog. What are my goals with this blog?
Let me back up and explain why this topic was even on my mind in the first place.
Recently a fellow blogger made me aware of a website…a forum…that is specifically dedicated to the topic of bloggers. People join the forum to discuss bloggers…and it’s generally not in a flattering, uplifting, positive way.
I guess I’ve just been living in a bubble of naivety, because I honestly had no idea that such a place existed online. So when I found it a few days ago, I became obsessed. Every spare second I had, I’d check in on the forum to see what had been said. (Just to clarify, they aren’t talking about me. Thankfully, I seem to have flown under the radar so far.)
Of the DIY/decorating bloggers they do focus on, every design decision is picked apart, analyzed, and often mocked. Bloggers’ financial situations and how they spend money are talked about, analyzed, judged.
From the way that some of the members talk, you’d think that John and Sherry’s front door color choice was a matter of national security, and their blue door has just left us completely vulnerable to a nuclear strike at any moment. As I was reading, I just kept saying over and over, “It’s just a door, people!” Seriously. A door. With paint on it. I think even John and Sherry would agree that it’s not a topic worthy of pages and pages of discussion and analysis.
And all throughout the forum are comments and insinuations about several DIY/design bloggers that are along the lines of “who do they think they are giving decorating/design advice?”
Anyway, my point really isn’t to talk about that website. (Edit: To be clear, even though I’m not a fan of the overarching atmosphere of negativity on that forum, I don’t think it’s completely without value, and I certainly think that people are entitled to their opinions. See my comment here.)
My point is to say that after reading that forum for a few days, it really got me thinking about why it is that I blog.
Do I think that I have this whole decorating thing figured out? Not at all. Do I think that my color choices are perfect for everyone? Absolutely not! I don’t know of many people who could live with an orange front door. 😀
So I thought I’d share my thoughts with you, just so you’ll know what I’m all about here at Addicted 2 Decorating. 🙂 Here’s why I blog…
1. To share my projects with you.
That’s really pretty plain and simple, right?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed working with my hands and creating things. I love to use power tools, build things out of wood, create small craft projects, sew, upholster, paint, etc. I have a gallery of my projects that you can look through, and while I sincerely hope that people find inspiration there, I won’t be hurt if you don’t.
But most importantly, that gallery isn’t so much a “Look at me! Look how amazing I am!” kind of place. It’s just simply an index of things I’ve done. Quite honestly, there are projects in there that I’m not particularly proud of, while there are others that I’m immensely proud of.
But I keep them all in there, whether I’m proud of them or not, because even the ones that I consider duds can be a jumping off point for someone else in their creative endeavors. I’m often shocked by the places and things that inspire me. You just never know where and when inspiration will strike.
2. To inspire, but also to learn.
While I love DIY and decorating, and I’ve done it for many, many years now, I certainly don’t get it right all the time. While I know (just from the emails that I get) that I’ve done my fair share of inspiring others, I can also say that y’all have inspired me and taught me so much.
I love that I can come here, post a question (which design should I use on my built-ins?) and read the input from all of you. Your input allows me to see things from perspectives that I don’t see on my own. And I know for a fact that you’re not just helping me, but you’re helping others who read my posts and then read the comments. We’re all just sharing and helping and inspiring each other, and I love that aspect of blogging.
By no means do I think this is a one-woman, Kristi-centric show. So many of you have blessed and enriched my life in ways that you will probably never know.
3. To stretch people’s imaginations.
This is a big one for me. And one of the most important.
I know that orange front doors aren’t for everyone. In fact, I would venture a guess that the overwhelming majority of people who read my blog would never in their lives consider painting their front door orange. Am I right? 😀
And I’m sure there are many people who look at that door and think, “Oh my gosh, I hate orange! What was she thinking?” But for me, it’s not necessarily about an orange door. It’s about using color in unexpected ways. Someone can hate orange, and hate my orange front door, but still be inspired by that post to find a way to inject some unexpected color into their room. It’s fun! Give it a try! It doesn’t have to be on your door. And it doesn’t have to be orange.
Yesterday’s post is also a good example of my desire to stretch people’s imaginations with thinking through the whole “how can I make this on a budget?” process. I was inspired by a mirror that I saw on the Joss and Main website for $334…
Now of course, there’s no way that I think that every single person who reads my blog will like that mirror. Some people may see the design as too juvenile, or too feminine, or too mustachioed 😀 , or too something else for their own taste. And that’s definitely understandable. Not all of us like the same things.
But perhaps if you’re one of those people who don’t particularly care for the specific style of my mirror, there’s still some valuable information you can take away. Maybe one day you’ll see a mirror that is more your style, but with a price tag that doesn’t fit into your budget. Hopefully rather than settling on a plain, boring, generic mirror that you can afford, instead you’ll stop and think, “Okay, I’ve seen Kristi make three different styles of mirrors now. I wonder if there’s a way I can replicate that expensive mirror using some of the techniques she’s shown me.”
Does that make sense? It really is fine if you don’t like my mirror, or if you don’t like my color choices. That won’t hurt my feelings (unless you say something intentionally rude or snarky about it). My goal here isn’t to convince everyone that they need an orange front door, or teal kitchen cabinets, or a big tree painted on their kitchen wall. But if I’ve inspired anyone to get over a fear of color, or to think outside the box when looking at high-dollar items to consider how to make it for much less, then I’m happy.
4. To inspire and empower women.
I have to admit, this has become probably the main motivating reason for me to write this blog. In fact, yesterday as I was thinking through all of this, I started remembering different emails that I’ve gotten from women who have been inspired to pick up a power tool for the first time in their lives, and it literally brought tears to my eyes.
Not all of us women have the good fortune of being married to a man who is handy with tools and can get things done around the house for us. And I know for me, it can sometimes get discouraging reading these blogs with husbands and wives working side by side on home improvement projects. There are plenty of times that I would LOVE to pawn off these “heavy lifting” projects onto my husband.
But I can’t. While Matt is the most encouraging husband in the world who thinks I practically walk on water, he’s not able to physically help me with anything. So it’s all left to me.
And over the years, I’ve come to realize that there are so many other women in the same boat — women who are single, or recently divorced, or who are married to men who are…well…not quite so handy, or who are married to men who just really don’t give a care in the world about the house and have no interest at all.
I’ve heard from so many of you wonderful and amazing women in so many different situations that all boil down to one thing — if things are going to get done around the house, it’s up to you.
And let me tell you, nothing makes my heart swell more than getting an email from one of you telling me that I’ve inspired you to learn how to use power tools, or to try a building project for the first time in your life.
Call me a sap, but I’m getting tears in my eyes even now just writing this as I remember some of your emails and comments.
While I’m beyond thrilled if men read my blog and find inspiration here…
Ladies, this is for you. And with each other’s encouragement and inspiration, we CAN get these things done!! 🙂 We may be women, but we’re strong, CAPABLE women.
So that’s it. If you’ve gotten this far, I commend you for wading through my rambling.
Tomorrow…the finished bathroom.