Questions and answers...
I got asked a while ago what I was hoping to get from Instagram, which I thought was actually a good question.
For years I had an Instagram account that I didn't use. I'm not even sure why I had it. But then I found myself in a situation where I was feeling a little isolated and I was craving interaction with people (or most likely their pet) and I needed a creative outlet.
And I like Instagram because while it may not always be the most accurate representation of "real life" if you follow the right accounts you will find people who are like minded, or share a glimpse of something real. Or, again you get to see a lot of cute pets.
Instagram led me to one of the hardest things to find as you get older- friendship. It is easy to have surface friends, but true friendships typically take years to develop so landing in the lap of someone so similar to yourself is something special.
And similar to Instagram creating a new blog is a creative outlet. I remember why I started blogging initially, 15 years ago or so. I had a friend who had a blog as a way to keep in touch with friends and family far from home and my competitive streak kicked in. I wanted to have a blog too! So I started with a photo of my younger daughter wearing a tutu sitting inside of an Igloo cooler and I simply wrote "Caroline likes to dress in a tutu and hang out in a cooler."
Somehow that post led to years of blogging and developed into friendships that involved girls trips, weddings, career advice. Cross country care packages involving nail polish and skin care. Again, like minded people find versions of themselves that they can identify with. Or people whose style they like or recipes they want to try.
I stopped blogging for quite a while (years which spanned from one decade of my life into another) but found myself once again needing that creative outlet. Wondering "where are my people?"
So here I am, once again. My daughter no longer wears a tutu, and she sure doesn't fit into an Igloo cooler anymore. I'm not sure which one of us has changed more since that first blog post.
Like the Instagram question: What am I hoping to get out of this?
Style tips, dog tricks and maybe a reader of two who gets it. A few laughs, even at my own expense. Making someone else understand that they aren't alone.
Feel free to join me.