Blogging can be extremely rewarding but like most “jobs,” it can be absolutely exasperating for those around me — particularly my family. Allow me to explain.
When my husband snapped the above “behind the scenes” picture of our daughter 9-year-old daughter, Ava, snapping a picture of me for my Instagram, little did he know I was bossily directing Ava à la Steven Spielberg to: “Point the camera left!” or “Show more water!” or “Ava! Focus…just move a little to the right!”and “AVA! LISTEN TO MEEEE! A MOSQUITO IS BITING ME AND I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH ZIKA RIGHT NOW.”
How annoying and, well, mean of me, right?
Ding! Ding! Ding! RIGHT-O.
The thing I hate most about blogging is having to nag my kids and husband to take a lot of my pictures. At first, the task was fun, novel and exciting for them, but 6 years later…their tune has changed. And with good reason because nailing the perfect shot is downright time consuming and maddening. It takes away from their play time. It renders me impatient. They get annoyed with their mama. I huff and puff. It’s a vexing predicament to be in.
Then there’s the tedious social media aspect of blogging. You know, the looooong lunches or dinners where every blogger is more interested in taking photos and videos, instead of engaging with one another. Honestly, most bloggers (guilty as charged!) spend said events vapidly staring into their iPhones’ screens like zombies instead of enjoying the great spread and spirits splayed before them. We’re too busy plugging as much content into our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, SnapChat and Lord knows what’s next.
Digital influencing…at times, it can be exhausting. For example, I miss eating avocado toasts and not having to photograph them as though they’re a Faberge egg or elusive Egyptian mummy.
In fact, it’s the social media facet which bothers my husband the most. He understands it’s part of the job, but he’s an extremely private person and finds the whole charade of oversharing as invasive. And inane. So walking this particular tightrope can be a tricky one for me.
But what I truly want to convey is — blogging is hard work and takes a team. Our pictures take a lot of time, staging and effort — and for me, most of the times at the very hands of my young daughter. I know she generally enjoys snapping mommy’s pictures but I know I can be a major pain in the ass, too. So thank you, Ava. You are such a BIG part of this blog’s success and I really appreciate all you do for me. One day you’ll realize that chasing your dreams takes a village, true grit and teamwork.
And you, YOU, you’ve always been my number one fan. Always my consummate helper. My adoring attaché. I love you so very much for that.