Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

When Blogs Make You Doubt Your Own Choices

I have a love-dislike relationship with blogs.

I love, love, love reading them because they expose me to new ideas, inspire my creativity, teach me new things, and connect me with new people.

I occasionally dislike them because they overwhelm me with so many different options, tempt me to spend more money than I should, and make me insecure about choices I've already made.

For instance, Matt and I are in the process of updating our interior design. My couch has traveled from rural Louisiana to Texas to my friend's apartment while I traveled for a year to a new apartment in Texas to Colorado and back to Texas in our new/old house.

I look at blogs for design inspiration on a daily basis, and, of course, my love-dislike relationship kicks in.

I love looking at other people's design choices--room after room after room. I get so many new ideas and I'm so inspired.

Some of my favorite sites are:
  1. Oh Happy Day
  2. design*sponge
  3. This Young House
  4. Creature Comforts
  5. cakies
  6. Apartment Therapy
On the other hand, I am occasionally paralyzed with indecision. I am daunted by how many different ways we could go. I also get jealous of people who have more natural light, more wooded backyards, and more design sense than I do. Aack!

I guess the trick is to recognize that there is a line between the benefits of looking into other people's lives via blogs and the drawbacks. When I feel myself start to cross the line, I need to close my browser, appreciate my own life and choices, and move onto other work. It's easier said than done, but it's important for my own sanity.

Image via This Young House (I'm jealous of their secluded and wooded backyard)

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AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

I agree. It's a compulsion for me to check my blog roll everyday, and i love the ideas i get to read about, but then i start wondering... hmmm, should i use that idea too? Or second guess other decisions i made :)

Ellen Mint said...

I know what you mean. Some people just have so much money to splurge on the perfect such and such and then when you realize that you didn't bother with it or can't afford it you feel as though you missed the boat.

I'm trying to fight through it somewhat by still posting some wedding pictures and the like but it's hard to picture someone really caring still.

Molly said...

So, here's my take on it. But here's a disclaimer first: I only discovered the blog world this summer (I know-I live under a rock) so I'm not jaded by it all yet.

Well, I just think of blogland as a FABULOUS library of sorts. I'd never walk into a library & say, 'oh there are too many ideas & I should stay away because it makes me question my own,' you know?

I just sort of think blogs are awesome. They are constantly inspiring me, even when I don't realize it. Plus I think seeing what all is out there really helps to fine tune your own style & taste level (even though this might be a subconscious process).

Don't question yourself because of other blogs, instead your exposure to all this blogging should reinforce your decisions. You've seen a lot of great ideas & you are probably a better designer/person (& able to make an awesome more informed decision) because of it!

Oh well, sorry for the long post...I love the blog!

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