American culture defines you by what you do. It’s a fact, like it or not. When you meet someone new, the automatic question to ask is, “What do you do?” We don’t ask, “What is your passion?” That would sound kooky and perhaps too personal. But even when people ask me the kinder, gentler, “How do you spend your free time, Beth,” there is often an underlying judgement in the question. When I tell people that I am passionate about blogging, many just stare with wide-eyes that go ka-blink, ka-blink. I can see them trying to phrase their next response carefully as to not sound rude, but the pregnant pause and the ka-blink, ka-blink has already betrayed them. Why spend your time on something that doesn’t make a lot of money? Why in the world would you write about items you purchased for your home?
Oh my dear non-decor bloggers, there are so many reasons why. I am afraid you just won’t understand the creative-outlet, and community, and artistry involved in home decor blogging. However, I’m all for poking fun of myself and my little sub-culture, so I have compiled a Top 10 list for us decor bloggers that truly “get it”.
Okay, are you ready? (Smacking my note cards on the table in my best David Letterman impression.)
You know you are a true decor blogger if:
10. You facebooked, followed, tweeted, and blogged in the past week in order to try to win something free.
9. You used the phrase “so, so cute” at least once in a blog comment.
8. You believe that burlap is a fantastic fabric and not just for potato sacks.
7. You understand that a “mistreatment” should be encouraged and is not something to be avoided.
6. You have contorted your body into crazy and dangerous positions and perhaps even perched on top of furniture in order to get a good picture of an inanimate object.
5. You have spent days trying to get black spray paint off of your fingers.
4. You get an adrenaline rush when you walk into a Goodwill, dollar store, or yardsale.
3. You chalkboard painted a wall, a frame, or an old mirror sometime this past year.
2. You have difficulty throwing away old home decor magazines and file them (cutely of course) away even though you may never look at them again.
AND the number one reason you know you are a true decor blogger is:
1. You told someone that you joined a party this week and they asked Democrat or Republican and you replied, “Kimba’s DIY.”
It’s okay non-decor bloggers. We love you even if you don’t get us. And to my decor-blogger posse, did I leave anything out? Feel free to add to the list in the comments! I would love to see what you have to say :).