Bloggers Are An Easy Target

Wednesday, December 4, 2013



Bloggers are kind of an easy target. Anyone else ever notice that? I feel like we sometimes get kind of a bad rep. But I'll be real honest and admit it doesn't bother me, I actually kind of like to make fun of it myself from time to time. Don't get me wrong, I obviously take this site seriously and show up everyday here because it's something I genuinely love to do and watch grow and I am always more than grateful others show up to read. But still, I like to make fun of the stereotypes involved with bloggers and the blogging world in general. How could I not?

"The Blogger" is an exaggerated character I actually love to play in improv. Her name is usually Natasha or Olivia and she blogs at a site called My Pretty Princess Blog or something awful like that, and she loves DIY glitter pinecones and toilet paper rolls.  And she also loves to work out with her "Hubby Hubs Mchubberson McDoodles" and her toy Bichon "Cuddlers", who is literally a toy. I know it probably sounds really dumb and trust me it is, but it's a lot of fun. You should try it sometime.

The other day at Second City one of our exercises was to do a character based on one of our other classmates. Have you ever had someone "do you?" Get your mind out of the gutter, I mean do an impersonation of you? It's hilarious and also kind of eye opening. Megan, my pal in class who did me as a character, stood up and rambled on about blogging and her obsession with her dog the entire time and was pretty much just a complete lunatic. And I was laughing so hard because it was surprisingly accurate.

That being sad, I think it's time I clear up a few things about the stereotypes of bloggers, you know for my non-bloggy friends.

First of all, we're not all aspiring supermodels. I know it might sometimes seem this way given all of the photos we take of... well ourself. But it's not what it seems. Truth be told, I actually gave up on that dream long ago when in the third grade a rude little boy who shall remain unnamed told me I could never be a model because I would "break the camera my face is so ugly." Which ironically enough proved to be a little foreshadowing when a few weeks later I did actually break a camera at school photo day, but this had more to do with me being clumsy. Can't pretend it didn't hurt though...

But this is besides the point, however I will take this time to insert a photo of myself at one of those cheesy child Actor/Model searches that only take place in gross hotel lobbies that you often hear being broadcast on the radio as "Is your child the next big Disney star!?" Naturally I thought I was.


You can actually see the hope draining from my face in this photo as I parade myself and my "head shots" in front of the judge's tables. You know what's better than a homely looking girl from Nebraska with an awkward haircut and a forehead that should never have hair completely pulled back from it? A cute little Asian girl in pigtails. Now you see her don't you? And now you don't see me at all, just like the judges that day. It was just my luck that little girl was behind me because I didn't so much as get a glance from the judges thanks to her. And I will forever blame her for all of my failed dreams...

And that was just another unintended rant. Let me get back to my point. The reason for all of the photos is because one of the perks of being a blogger is that we often get sent really cool things from new companies that have to be photographed. I'm not ashamed to admit that getting sent free stuff and discovering new clothing/jewelry lines is one of my favorite things about being a blogger. Especially when it's from a company with a good cause, like for example this awesome Chevron necklace and Infinity bracelet that I am in love with from a great company called iSanctuary.



iSanctuary Jewelry is handmade by survivors of human trafficking, they provide dignity to survivors through professional opportunities and I happen to think that's pretty cool. So if you need some extra stocking stuffer ideas or gift ideas for your girlfriends, I would definitely recommend this site.

And this post accidentally just got way longer than I intended and I've only attempted to "clear up" one blogging stereotype. Guess there's always tomorrow. I'll end with one final image of why I know I'm just not destined to be a supermodel, this is me attempting to do the whole "not looking at the camera" look. It was going so well until Chris shouted, "Tay, what are you doing? Stop looking up like an idiot and look at me. I don't want to do this anymore."


Boyfriends/blog photographers. Gotta love them.



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33 comments:

  1. I would REALLY want to be the blogger you described above . Awkwardly but yes !!!
    Oh I dunno what to say about that audition , if I were you , I might have clung to them saying "Pick me , pick me" !
    Noor | Noor's Place

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  2. Hahaha, I love your blogging character! A few years ago we heard an ad for one of those "be the next disney star auditions" and my husband made me save the number because he so desperately wanted me to call it and do my miley cyrus impression. THAT was a missed opportunity!

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  3. I used to avoid having my picture in blog posts because I didn't want to look vain. But then I realized I loved seeing pictures of other bloggers because you want to know the face behind what you're reading. So I try to be better about it :)

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    1. Oh and have you ever heard of Seriously So Blessed? She doesn't update it anymore, but it's basically a fake blog that makes fun of all the blogs. She's pretty much your exact character! http://seriouslysoblessed.blogspot.com/

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    2. aaaaaaaaaaaahhh, dying! seriously i just went to her blog and this is amazing!

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  4. I love this haha especially the last picture :) My husband has turned into a photographer, editor, product tester, etc... without any choice. We're a unique breed, that's for sure!

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  5. I just left out loud all by myself, in my quiet empty house. I never realized how obnoxious my laughter is until now. Thank you for that. Also, isn't it terrible that third grade insults will stick with you your entire life? I still remember mine: Black and Decker pecker nose. Thank you, Brendan, for inciting my rhinoplasty in 2002.

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  6. I definitely laughed at Chris. Doesn't he understand the wistful not looking at the camera angle is in?

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  7. i feel like you and i are really similar. at least our child selves are. i definitely did the same thing in the holiday inn or some hotel when i really thought- this is how i would make it big. Thank god we aren't washed up child stars.
    that jewelry is gorgeous and inspirational and I can't wait to check it out.
    also the blog character is spot on.

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  8. I just really wish I would have though of My Pretty Pretty Princess Blog before you did god dammit.

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  9. I just really need a boyfriend to take pictures of me. My struggle is real right now for a solid blog photographer

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  10. hahah was that proscout talented you did? i did that too when i was 13 i think. hahah when you started talking about the radio commercial i was like... wait a second!
    laurenofthedoxey.bl;ogspot.com

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  11. I just checked out the jewelry site and I am definitely going to support them. It is such an awesome thing, thank you for sharing! Also, loved the blogger impersonation, some people just don't get it, haha!
    kristiesbluejeans.blogspot.com

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  12. Girl you crack me up! That's all. Keep it up :)

    chatclinkrepeat.blogspot.com

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  13. This is SO accurate! Love it! When did I become this blog-obsessed person??
    -Katharine
    Living's as Easy as 312

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  14. Men + cameras are really the WORST. I started bribing my husband with chocolate to get him to take photos because that's way better than be running back and forth and looking even more crazy than I already do. Also, I wish I could see you act out your blogger character, especialy when referring to Hubby Hubbs.

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  15. Ok but THEN I get really flattered sometimes when my friends (who've listened to me blabbering on about blogging for ages) see a super stylish, too cool for school, gorgeous woman out and about and say "she looks like someone who has a blog." I feel so in the club by association, until they go "...I mean, like the real, professional kind." Cool, guys.

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  16. Lol I went to one of those child star castings too! Needless to say I walked out extra disappointed

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  17. I absolutely love this post. I honestly think that ALL of us bloggers are guilty at some point or another of taking ourselves & our blogs too seriously. As for our wonderful photographers... my fiance has a tendency of making me look even shorter than I already am. Somehow he misses my legs and gets like three feet of empty space above my head. So sweet & well meaning but I get better pics with a self timer and a shelf sometimes, I swear! ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  18. A boy in 3rd grade, Brian Ray (I will name his mean ass), told me that I may be kind of pretty if I had a different nose on my face. Awesome.

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  19. There's no shame in being a blogger model. Haters are jealous of cute free jewelry...obviously!

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  20. Your posts always make me laugh! So true!!

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  21. This was a funny post, unlike me I am just a normal run of the mill blogger, nothing funny about me and I am not like what so many seem to think bloggers are like, not that I really know what other people are thinking when I tell them I am a blogger because I can't read minds, and not sure I would want to, really who wants to hear what others are thinking, like you are talking to someone and they are thinking about cutting their toenails...........

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  22. Is it bad that I want a boyfriend just so he can be my blog photographer? Bwahahaha, I think not.

    That jewelry is beautiful and what a nice cause. I will definitely check it out.

    Now I'm wondering what my friends are thinking of me now that I'm so obsessed with my blog. I haven't had the pleasure to see someone impersonate me, but it would be interesting to see for sure.

    Haha, that was funny about the Asian girl taking the spotlight from you. How dare she! I wonder where she is now.

    Bella @Dateless in Dallas

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  23. Human anti-trafficking is the field of work I'm going into! So exciting to see another blogger talking about it a bit. I love buying jewelry from rehabilitating victims because I know it is for a wonderful cause.

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  24. This is hilarious Tay! I actually met up with a friend of mine that I haven't seen (in person) for over a year in a half. While she knows about my blog and we text now and again as well as are facebook friends, I highly doubt my blog is on her list of daily reads. During the hour that we spent together, I probably mentioned blogging about twenty times-- I finally caught myself (for the tenth time) and told her that I know I sound ridiculous and like I have no life but I promise that I do. She tried her best to look at me convincingly and told me that it's actually a great hobby. Hmmm. Whatever-- I do talk about it a lot and I can't wait to rock Whit's "Blog So Hard" shirt when I get it! I am what I am and it is what it is. On another note.. I don't blog because I'm trying to be a supermodel/beauty queen-- because that's just a knee slapper in itself and my blog is a lifestyle blog not a comedy blog!! XO

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  25. I love that you have made an improv character that is a blogger. I think bloggers can be pretty ridiculous at times, myself included. And it's important to be able to laugh at yourself. I think that it is one of many keys to happiness.
    -Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  26. Love this post, your outfit, and iSanctuary! I have been eyeing that chevron necklace for a while now...

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  27. Pretty necklace! And equally petty selfies.

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  28. Oh man... I would loooove to see someone "do" me!!! Hahaha!

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  29. I love the purpose of iSanctuary. I'll have to check out the site. Btw, you're looking super cute in both of these pics!

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  30. Love this post. I was on a few TV shows when I was young, but my childhood career lasted only until Romper Room was over. I'm trying to catapult back into stardom, 30-something years later, via my my mom rants/blog. hahaha, NOT! My husband is also the worst blog photographer. Anytime I ask him to take photos, it usually results in an argument. He tells me I make the pictures look awkward, with my awkward poses. Umm, sure... it's not because you're aiming the camera at my feet!

    Keep on truckin'!

    -Chanelle of www.thekimchronicles.com



    K

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  31. Love that last picture...I had a talk with Mark about when I started the blog if he was going to be okay with taking many solo pictures of me and if he wasn't on board he needed to let me know :-) So far he's been ok.."wait I have to look down and away on this one"....hahahahahaha

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