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I just watched an interview you did with Bloomburg TV in which you basically said that bloggers can’t be trusted because we are not experts.
Well, you’re half right.
I’m not an expert. I didn’t go to school to learn how to cook or make crafts. I certainly didn’t go to school to learn how to be a parent. Which is good, because I probably would have been taught to stop after having only two children.
However, I’m real. And I am much more likely to trust someone who is real than someone is doing something purely for profit. Wouldn’t you?
I’m a real person who struggles to keep the house tidy. I’m a real mom with 4 young children who are not perfect. I am a real person who was raised by a single dad and I never learned to cook or clean until after I was married and I found myself looking around our apartment thinking “now what?”
If I share a recipe that I call “quick and easy to make” it is not because I was able to cook it in a kitchen that was specifically stocked for this meal, with no distractions around me, and brand new appliances that don’t have a mind of their own. I say a recipe is easy and quick because I was able to throw it together quickly while my kids were around. Maybe they were helping, maybe they were pulling on my pant leg, cranky because they were getting a new molar or were just plain hungry for dinner, and likely with a baby wrapped on my back.
If I say a meal is kid-friendly, it is because my kids ate it. Even the kids who are picky. And it wasn’t too messy.
If I share a craft, it is because we made it ourselves and enjoyed doing it. It means we had the supplies on hand and it didn’t take a lot of crafty skill to accomplish. Because no-one should leave Arts and Crafts time feeling like a creativity-dunce.
I’m not perfect. I’ve never taken an art or cooking class. I’m not greatly skilled in organization techniques, beyond the “learn as I go” skills obtained by having 4 kids close in age in a 3 bedroom house with only 1 closet.
I’m not an expert, I may not be famous, but I’m real. And it’s real people who read blogs and cook family dinners. You don’t need to feel threatened by us, but please don’t under-estimate or demean us.