Simply Breakfast

 
If ever there was a reason to commit to blogging, then Jennifer Causey at Simply Breakfast found it.

Last week Holly over at Decor 8 discussed to what degree blogging shapes our lives in terms of our committment to making the ordinary, the everyday, picture pretty or blogworthy and it is something that has been bothering my head in quite the most delightful fashion since...

Blogging helps me frame my life in a way that simply would not exist if the medium were not available to us. Journalling is essentially a private affair and we do not seek, nor need to impress an audience, but blogging is different and when we blog even those who would swear blind that they do it for themselves, I'm sure secretly revel in the attention of their readership whether it be tiny or indeed, global.

For the most part we want to present an image of a life less ordinary. An enviable lifestyle others will aspire to, this then being the reason why we do not litter our blogs with images of what the kitchen looks like after the tornado that is the family dinner, nor feature too largely the truth about our uglier habits, housekeeping secrets or the mess we ignore on a daily basis and only choose to banish when we are struck by the urge to frame it for a wider audience. The online equivalent of throwing a party and busting a gut to make the house look at it's sparkly best so we will not be the talk of the neighbourhood.

And this is a good thing. Blogging is a good thing. On the one hand it has us all perpetuating the myth that life is more perfect than we know it can be, while revealing to us, day by day, the utter ordinary, daily wonder of living we so often fail to see because we let ourselves become bogged down by the tiniest flutters of greed and resentment...

While most of maintain, what are essentially, online scrapbooks of our lives, bits of pretty this and that, hopes and fancied up dreams, and pictures of our lives preemed to perfection, others like Jen at Simply Breakfast choose to commit to projects that by their very nature, and by the ties that bind it to it's audience, demand swoon-worthy images while simultaneously providing life-enhancing goals (eat a good breakfast daily: make it different daily: make it beautiful daily...) and essentially ritualising the act of blogging, of good eating, and creating an image of a truly gorgeous life that most of us I'm sure aspire to...

Do you eat breakfast? Has blogging changed the way you live your life? Is every moment a potential photo-opportunity or was beauty your raison d'etre long before the blogosphere wrapped her pretty little fingers around your heart?

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