My favorite way to start each day is to sit with a cup of coffee and take my time reading the daily posts of my favorite fellow bloggers. I am constantly amazed and impressed by the clever and talented people I have discovered, but before I get into that, let me start from the beginning:
When I first created Freutcake (November 2010) I was full of ideas, bursting at the seams to share my inspiration, designs and food with the world. Then I started discovering the “Big Blogs”…you know the ones, and the air was quickly let out of my sails. It was an inspiration overload reading from these talented writers and creative minds working with teams of collaborators and professional photographers to create beautiful daily posts. Goodness this blog land can be overwhelming!
Little by little I found a way to share my unique voice and personal style with the world. It wasn’t about keeping up with other blogs, but more about being myself and sharing things that I love, regardless of what others were posting.
Over time I began to discover other fellow bloggers who, if possible, inspire me the most. They are the bloggers who I have connected with online. The ones who reach out and say hello and compliment your inspiration right back. After all, isn’t that what all of this is about? When did blogging become a competition or a secret club? Why not celebrate the creative genius of others, big and small, instead of kicking yourself for not thinking of it first?
This week I laughed and sympathized with the post on “How to Throw Yourself a Pity Party” by Kate, raved on Twitter about the creative genius that is Jordan and her “DIY Surprise Lantern”, drooled over Melissa’s recipe for Blackberry Cobbler, marveled at the wonders of Gluten Free baking on Jessica’s site, fell in love with all the interiors that Jacquelyn so expertly curates, and pinned a brilliant DIY posted by Geri.
You see, it’s all about spreading the love y’all! Blogs are meant to be talked about, shared, and if you like what you see, complimented! Give some support by leaving a comment. Tweet about it. Good acts will come back to you and you’ll feel better for giving praise where praise is due. There is nothing wrong with finding inspiration in others’ work, but why do it in silence, suffering with blog envy? Yes, it’s true…I comment on blogs all the time and never receive responses, but then there are those who do respond, who like me, love their readers and find drive to always be better from the support they receive.
I found a quote recently on Pinterest by an unknown author that read “Work Hard Stay Humble”. That sounds about right to me. Never forget that your readers are the life of your work. Be thankful for the compliments they leave, answer their questions, check out their blogs and in return, you may just find a friend who inspires you right back! – Leah