Today has not been the best day.
Parts of it were OK, but parts of it just plain sucked.
Here’s an OK part:
Except for the fact that I had to beg him to sit on my lap and smile.
We were at the 4th of July Parade, and with the exception of when I wanted to take a picture, everyone was climbing all over me…sticky with candy and sweaty from the sun finally being out. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard so much whining about candy in my life. As in, I want more. Ugh.
After the parade, we thought it would be fun to go to the plaza where they were giving away free ice cream and lemonade. Wrong. The kids were still on a candy kick, didn’t want to wait in line, then didn’t even want the ice cream.
If I weren’t trying to eat healthy, I would have eaten it myself, but I did at least stick to that goal today. The yelling, not so much.
So, we went home, let the kids play on the swing set. Everyone kept arguing about wanting to be on the “red” swing, so we called it, and went in to eat lunch.
While they were eating, I decided to try to squeeze in a little blog work. To my dismay, I got a not so nice message about my blog. In particular the pictures.
Now, I realize I am not a photographer, and my photos need work. However, pretty pictures are not the goal of this blog. My goals are to be honest and share our stories, along with pictures of our family. I don’t want to use “stock” photos just because they look better. Pictures are really the supporting players. I’m trying to reach and help people with my words and experiences.
I actually read a blog post from another Mom on this very subject last week. If my “mommy” brain weren’t so tired and forgetful, I would have the link right here.
Anyways, I’m going to end my post here today. I realize it was probably just constructive criticism, but it wasn’t worded very nicely. Remember that old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
good enuf mommy says
Aw I’m sorry to hear that. It’s such a bummer to get unsolicited “feedback” when it’s neither asked for or wanted. Keep doing what you’re doing. I think you’re amazing! 🙂
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your support! 🙂
Mia Sutton says
Ugh, love when people are rude under the guise of trying to “help.” Sorry that you had a rough day. Hope you get to relax a bit today. Hugs!
Thank you Mia! 🙂
Dear, don’t worry about those who don’t like something, we can’t satisfy everyone so why even try!? I love how you write, your photos are personal and your blog has that feeling in it! Like the saying “You may be the ripest, most sweetest peach out there and still there will be someone who f*ckin hates peaches” 🙂 Do what you do and you’ll be great! Actually, hats off, that you as a mom to 3 boys, still have time to even turn the pc on!!! 🙂
Thank you! Really appreciate it!
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
Oh Shann, I love your blog! People sometimes don’t realize how written words come across so far differently than spoken words but regardless, critique shouldn’t be given unless asked for, IMHO! My daughter/partner takes and creates beautiful photographs and I struggle to even take a decent one!, I have signed up for several online classes and my pics have way improved but they still have a long way to go! I would die if someone called me out on them! Your photo’s are beautiful and full of love, the same as your written word! Hang in there chick!
Thank you so much Cynthia. You are so sweet and supportive. I’m so happy to have “met” you through these groups. 🙂
Unsolicited “advice”…oi. I really enjoy your blog, for whatever it’s worth. Blogging is a process and each person has their strengths. I have learned and changed so much. I have so much respect for people that have it all—everything—together (because I now understand how much time and energy it must take to be at that level), but I am SO not there. Few are. Your content is great and your photos are personal. If and when a blogger becomes dissatisfied with anything, he/she can choose to improve when they have time. Do what you do, and improve what and when you can, but be proud of what you’re doing well. That’s what I try to hold to.
And sticky, clingy kids…double oi. 😉
Ha! Thank you Brooke. I really appreciate that and your support.
This is my first time to your blog, and I think your pictures are beautiful. They are real life, and they represent you and your family very well. Why would you ever use stock photos when you have your own models (family) at home!?!? 🙂
Thank you so much! I appreciate that!