A Little Thanks

Why I Write

I’ve been a bit hard on myself lately regarding the content of this blog. Too fluffy, random updates, not enough substance, unedited photos that aren’t even very well composed.

You could be doing better, I say to myself over and over. You could be producing more. You could be making a better effort.

But the thing about this website is that it has never been something that I do because I have to. This random, rewarding, time consuming yet life changing, quirky little hobby of mine has always come from a place of writing to figure things out. To figure my experience out, whatever it happens to be at the time. The puzzles have changed regularly over the last 8 years I’ve been doing this, and I imagine that will continue.

I hope what I write continues to sometimes be fluffy. I hope sometimes it is serious. I hope sometimes it is inspiring. I hope sometimes it makes you think. I hope sometimes it makes you laugh. I hope sometimes it makes you feel like you aren’t the only one going through it. All of those valid little pieces add up to the big picture of one singular, awesome, difficult, amazingly lucky life.

I love this Joan Didion quote (and Didion herself) and when I came across it this morning it snapped me out of my little “Oh, this blog isn’t good enough” funk. Because let’s be real, there is no good enough. This is a real story of a real life, and every fluffy/meaningful/disjointed/well thought out post is an important piece of that life. I’m so grateful that I have this outlet to figure it out. And more importantly that all of you take time to be a part of it.

Thank you.

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17 comments to A Little Thanks

  • Erica
    December 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Your blog is one of the only ones I read that is well put together and scheduled and professional and all that. I would read it if it weren’t because I know you but man, your shit is polished so don’t apologize.

  • Rachel @ painfreekitchen
    December 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I read your blog because it’s a reflection of you. The serious, the fluff, the important, the not so important. I once told Jake I wanted to post about fashion and makeup. He convinced me not to since my readers came to my blog for recipes. Eh. Posting about fashion/makeup in my Things I Love Friday tomorrow. They can skip it if they don’t care.

  • Jessica
    December 20, 2013 at 5:27 am

    You blog is by far one of my favorites Holly!

  • Noblepower
    December 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I agree with the other commenters here, Holly. Here are a couple of my reasons for being a faithful reader:
    Despite your concerns, your blog is posted pretty consistently. At the same time, you may feel like you’re occasionally putting “fluff” out there, but I can’t say I’ve ever read a post where I thought you were phoning it in. For me, at least, even the posts on lighter topics still resonate.
    Your blog is that of a real person, one that I feel I’d be friends with in real life. You struggle with similar issues that I struggle with. I see myself and my loved ones in the things you focus on. Sometimes you deal with meaty, heavy topics, and sometimes you’re trying to make a decision on a new haircut. It brings a connection and an intimacy to this space.
    There’s many other reasons I could list, but I’m running on too long.

  • Robyn
    December 20, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Hi Holly, never commented although have thought about it, and this seemed like a good time to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I’m a big blog reader, read all the (what some might say) more professional or specific blogs, but yours is one of my favorites. What really stands out is how genuine (and funny!) you seem, and I relate to so much that you write. Some (or most) of the blogs out there try and present this perfect life which is hard to relate to. So please don’t change or feel like your blog isn’t polished enough, what you might think of as its faults I think is what draws people to it and you! Thanks!

  • Sarah B
    December 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Holly, I love your blog. It is realistic. I check every day to see if you post because I enjoy all you have to say, fluff, serious, paleo, makeup, etc. I love that you have some regularly scheduled posts but also that you put your heart into it and wander into other areas with us. That resonates with people and touches them in a sincere way. A huge THANK YOU from me!

    SB

  • Maureen
    December 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I wanted to comment and let you know that because of you, I have come to the most healthful, and might I say peaceful relationship with food I have ever had. First Paleo, then Whole30-my husband and I followed your lead-and we are much happier because of this! So even though I enjoy everything you write about, your posts on health have made a huge difference in my life :)

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t apologize. I like reading whatever you put out there.

  • Susannah
    December 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I thought about what you wrote and I can say that I am never disappointed when I come here and find a new post. I usually say “Yipee”! Sometimes your posts really make me think and sometimes they just make me smile but thanks for writing.
    Happy New Year!

  • Mirella
    December 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I really like your blog as is. It seems like you keep things pretty real. Yours is one of my favorites – and I read a lot of blogs! :)

  • Jess
    December 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Please don’t stop your blog! I agree with the rest yours is a favorite and the content is perfect.

  • Sierra
    December 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I feel the same way about my blog, to the point I’ve barely kept it alive this year, which is so sad because I loved it so much for so long. I do love yours, too, though. I just found it because I’m trying to figure out this whole Whole 30 thing for next month and I somehow ended up reading, like, every single post you made about it. So if you notice a spike in your stats on those pages, it’s me. Thanks for posting, even when it’s fluff or you think it’s inconsequential. It’s all good with a nice pot of tea.

  • Alona Marie
    December 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Holly! You are one of my favorite bog reads! Please keep it quirky, random and fun! You are perfect just the way you are.

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