the truth about this blogger
This was supposed to be a post about the earrings you see in the photo above. It still is...sort of.
You see, I made these earrings over the course of a few days, having made some similar ones before. I took photos along the way, as I do for a tutorial, and I was happy. After the last photo was shot, I went to remove the earrings, having modeled them. And I realized that I failed.
The nail enamel didn't harden properly, so I not only made a dent in it with my fingernail, but I also left some lovely fingerprints.
How had this happened? This was the third pair I made like this, and I never had this trouble before. But then when messing around with another pair, I realized that maybe I just had missed it because of the difference in nail polish. Not wanting to waste the photo or the opportunity, a new sort of post was born.
The truth is, I have projects like this that fail. Some are bad enough that I can't do much of anything with them, and some are small enough that I can cover it up. But whether you see them here on the blog or not, they are there.
And the truth is, it's easy for me to feel like I am failing in more than just crafty things.
It happened when only a handful of people read this blog, it continued when hundreds read this blog, and it still happens now that many, many more read it. I wonder if I'm doing it right, think that I'm not good enough, and question why other blogs are more successful than mine. And I feel like I'm my own failed project.
But then I remember a quote: "Comparison is the thief of joy." (the author of this is debated...but the statement remains)
I blog because I enjoy it. I take joy from making things and sharing them with others, but when I make it about comparing my blog to others...the joy is gone.
The truth is, I will continue to have moments of self-doubt along the way. I think we all do at times, because we just do. And I wanted to share these feelings with you, not so you can reassure me (please don't do that), but so you can know that it happens to bloggers and crafters...no matter the size or popularity of the blog.
The truth about this blogger is that she's an average gal who doesn't always get it right.
Now, does anyone have any ideas to make these earrings work better?
By Mollie Johanson at Thursday, March 15, 2012