Ooh, my favorite!

June 3, 2013, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Personal

only-way-ever-sell-confession-ecard-someecardsI needed a little break. So I took one.

It’s not that I’d been uninspired, because in many ways I was feeling more inspired than ever, but to be honest I was feeling heavy from the digital world that I had chosen to surround myself with. It wasn’t that clear to me in the beginning though; in fact, it took some really in-depth chatting/texting/bitching with friends to realize how unfulfilled I was with the world around me.

I’m craving for ingenuity, insight, creativity, and personality. I’m so tired of so much attention being given to co-opted, compromised, sold-out, unoriginal.

There’s the meteoric rise of mediocre food, glorified by “foodies” without the slightest knowledge of what real, good food really is. I’m tired of shitty food; decadence without substance, sloppily paired ingredients, wasteful and contrived styling. It is everything that is wrong with our food culture, and extends from blogs, to Pin boards, to television, to restaurants.

There’s the sea of sponsored posts and forced “partnerships” has taken away everything genuine about blogging, and the bloggers I used to enjoy reading about. You can delude yourself all you want, but you’re not as selective as you think and your opinion that is entirely your own is as transparent as your perfectly styled lucite table.

There’s the “insert holiday or theme here” party staged two weeks before said holiday so that you, too, can create a festive fete, complete with a custom cocktail, on-theme spread of food, for your perfectly dressed friends (all caught on camera by a reputable photographer, no less).

Then there’s the shelter blogs and magazines that feature the same home again, and again, and again. And I don’t mean the same exact home, I mean a new home tour of a white washed home with splashes of hot pink, an immense gallery wall, and a perfectly dressed-straight-from-Anthrologie chick that’s talking about how her home is just so original. Well, your home looks exactly like the one that was featured last week.

Let’s not even talk about weddings…you get the idea.


Don’t get me wrong though. I love playing with food, and I enjoy creating vignettes around our home but I want for so much more from the “Influencers” I see online. Aren’t you tired of this too? Don’t you want for more from your media? It shouldn’t be this hard to find quality content (online or off) but in the midst of being inundated with staged perfection and cheesy sponsored content I think it’s time we demand more.

My friend Lexine said it so perfectly when she said “I’m a big fan of the Unfollow and the Unfriend. Surround yourself with only the things you want to see online.” Oh yeah, what a novel idea! So simple and yet it had completely missed me. I didn’t want to be seen as someone not in-the-know or , but I realized it doesn’t matter. I only share with you the things that I love and can only hope you like them as much as I do. If you ever feel less than excited to be here you have my permission to Unfollow. Seriously.

Soap box moment complete.

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