I have to admit, I’m losing my mojo for weekly link roundups. More of the same, over and over again, all over the wedding blogosphere. Paper flower tutorials, rustic chic photo shoots, DIY invitation tutorials, bridesmaid dress stress, and blah and blah and blah.
One of the things that I like to think is different about my blog is that I provide detailed wedding tips information that you typically don’t find elsewhere. I don’t post pictures of flowers and centerpieces, inspiration boards, photos of amazing weddings and certainly not photos of ridiculous wedding “photoshoots” which aren’t even from real weddings.
In my earlier link roundups, I even included a “Shit I’m not Going to Worry About for My Wedding” section, just to draw attention to and poke a little fun at folks who may obsess a bit much over tiny, unimportant details. For better or worse, I scrapped that section. Too many folks declared their hatred or hurt, and so, I stopped. But there is so much shit. Too much ridiculous, ridiculous shit. And it is all starting to look the same. And it is stunting my creativity.
A few months ago, I decided I wanted to have burlap table runners. But I see them EVERYWHERE. What can I do to have a truly creative wedding? If I have mason jars and burlap table runners, will I, decades from now, look back at my wedding photos and say, “wow, that wedding was SO 10’s!” I don’t know what to do. I’m at a complete and utter loss. And what’s weird is that, I don’t mind it much.
I provide you, my readers, text. Information. An occasional photo may accompany my post. Everything I read about blogging says “Content is King.” I think that’s everywhere except the Wedding niche. Screw content. Just show us beautiful, awe-inspiring photos. We just want to see photos that will inspire our wedding design. We want to buy lots and lots of stuff. We don’t want to actually READ anything.
Alas, I will keep on posting content. Text. Information. The things that I think are useful for every DIY budget bride to know. Because seriously, there will always be better places to get your wedding porn fix, so I’m not going to waste my time. This is the place to come when you need the nitty gritty details about planning your wedding that does not include “book your venue 9-12 months in advance” type stuff that you can get anywhere and everywhere.
But, for now at least, I’m going to eliminate the “Links I’m Loving” part of my Weekly Roundup, and go more for the “Best of the Web” style posts, like this one from a few weeks ago. If a link does catch my eye, I’ll tweet it instead, so be sure to follow me on Twitter! I’ll keep the personal summary portion though, because it helps me track and stay on top of things I have to do for the wedding.
Wedding Fitness Goal Progress
I’m a loser in this area. And not the good kind of loser. Enough said.
May Wedding Planning Goal Progress
(as part of our Wedding Planning Timeline)
- Begin to obtain decor items – In Progress – Have bought lots of vases and other things
- Purchase wedding dress –In Progress – Well, I found a few that are promising, but have not purchased)
- Identify items for registry – In Progress – Set up Amazon registry and added about 35 items to it. Still need to register at Crate and Barrel and potentially Bed Bath and Beyond.
- Interview wedding coordinators – DONE. We are hiring a neighbor that is an event planner and owns a Concierge business
- Finalize website – Just about done. Once we have our registry stuff complete, I just need to add the links
- Research calligraphers – Deferred. We’re not doing this anymore. We’re breaking all the rules and *gasp* printing labels!
- Follow up with venue if date has not been confirmed – Not Done – I’ll follow up next week if I haven’t heard anything.
Finances and Administrative
Check out our Wedding Expense Tracking Spreadsheet for a list of all our expenses to-date.
- Wedding Related Expenses This Week: $385.55 (Includes engagement photoshoot, hair style for the shoot, and Fiance’s professional shave for the shoot).
- Total Wedding Related Expenses (all time): $1648.94
- Total budgeted Difference (we have a $15,000 budget): $13,351.06
- Estimated Hours Spent on Wedding Planning (not including blogging) This Week: 3 hours (mostly researching songs to play at wedding and identifying items for our registry)
Right around month 5 of my blogging I got into a funk and it just happened that a popular wedding blogger wrote this great post about just being who you are and writing what is important to you. If pictures of candy and flowers aren’t your thing, don’t post them. Two months later, I got into another funk because I couldn’t post as often and I didn’t have pretty pictures on my site and I got lectured by the same blogger. Be who you are, she reminded me. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I haven’t stressed about it since.
I agree with you. I generally think for a lot of blogs, content in terms of text is lacking. But, I will also admit that I have a short attention span so if there is text with pictures, I just look at the pictures. If it’s just text, I read the whole thing. I think people come to our blogs because we offer them what they’re looking for. If they want wedding porn, they know where to find it. If they want the information that I have to share, they come to me. If they don’t want my information, they can leave. I try to post photos, because I come from a newspaper background and to me not having photos is the equivalent of “a lot of gray”. But, I don’t stress out about them. If I don’t have pictures, whatever.
I would like to eventually grow my blog and maybe make some money off of it one day, because I do love writing about weddings. I will start featuring wedding submissions, but only those weddings that laid back and on a budget because that’s what my blog is about. Generally speaking, my content and my voice won’t change and that’s how it should be.
Sorry for the novel. I just totally get where you’re coming from.