Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MANY VOICES AND THIS ONE'S MINE

My blog is my story, or more so a chronicle of our adventures. I can’t think of any better way to affect people than by being personal and real. But lately my blog doesn’t feel personal or real enough to me. It should have all the color and chaos of a real diary, but it feels like I’m following a formula. With blogging do's and don'ts and giveaways and tutorials and link-ups and similar content that lives on all the other blogs out there, I feel I'm falling in line, instead of at the end of the limb where I feel I should be.

I try not to be guarded with my words, but I am scared somewhat to be blatantly open and honest. I talk mostly of things I find beautiful, but sometimes I wish to share the dark and dingy parts of life. I won't always stick to topics I think my followers will enjoy. In other words, I’m writing for myself and if I didn't, that is where the warmth of AMHE would trickle out.

So here’s my heart. I'm going to promote an occasional giveaway, and I'm going to continue to support my favorite link-up, but I am going to write this blog from the deepest parts of my heart and I hope you find refuge here. The internet is a big place, with many voices and this one's mine.

Thank you for spending time in my world.

Oh, and on a lighter note, here's a photo that I'd like for you to look for on HGTV. They've asked to use this photo in their #LOVEHOME campaign, and I couldn't be more excited to potentially see my little sweeties flash before my eyes...during and between House Hunters International and Hawaii Life episodes.






8 comments:

  1. Great photo, how exciting!

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  2. Beautifully said, Mandi.... I totally understand where you are coming from with this post. Love how genuine and relatable you are. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sara -- that means the world! It's an effort to be transparent with my readers, but I sure am trying. xoxo

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  3. Oh Love this Mandi! I feel the same way about being real and honest about our lives. Thank you for sharing. You are not alone. What a beautiful picture!

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    1. Thank you, Angie -- your words are heartfelt and encouraging! xoxo

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  4. Mandi- I am so happy you will be focusing on writing more personal posts on your blog! I think you have such a lovely heart and I want to read more!

    It can get crazy sometimes with blogging to just fall into step with all the stuff "bloggers" do- but the most important part about blogging is sharing your heart with others- that is why I started reading blogs to begin with and why I wanted to blog.

    What a beautiful pic! Gorgeous family:).

    Tiffany

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  5. I wend through a crisis of identity with my blog a few months back, it just didn't feel like me anymore. Of course I'm not big enough to do giveaways or anything like that, but I felt that my writing wasn't real anymore. I was too scared of offending my readers or (god forbid) losing them, and it really affected my writing.

    Being true to yourself is the best thing you can do for this place, and your readers appreciate it more than anything else.

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  6. I am all about reality and being personal on your blog. I consider mine pretty much an open book. And while it is very scary at times, I like it. I feel like when people are honest and vulnerable, that is when we all really connect. I am glad you are going to be treating this more as a diary.

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I am incredibly grateful for your comment! I will respond as soon as possible. XOXO, Mandi

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