I’m a Hypocrite: Relieving Pinterest and Blog Anxiety

I’m suffering from a little blogger anxiety. Have you heard of Pinterest anxiety? Where some mothers are actually going into therapy because they feel so inadequate when they can’t keep up with all of the talented craft bloggers on Pinterest?

I'm A Hypocrite: Relieving Pinterest and Blog Anxiety

Well, as a blogger, I get blogger anxiety from all of the amazing people I meet virtually through their blogs.

There are the environmental bloggers who grow all of their own produce, repurpose everything, and live almost completely off the grid.

There are the women who have daily devotional blogs. They homeschool their children, memorize scripture, and live every minute of every day for Him.

There are the financial bloggers who buy in bulk, outline family budgets, and make detergents for $5 that last for a year.

And, there are the health and fitness blogs. The running blogs. The vegan blogs. The “I haven’t had a bad carb in 12 years” blogs. The “I don’t let my kids have cake at their own birthday” moms.

For the sake of your own sanity and in the spirit of full disclosure, I am none of them. I give tips for living green. I post devotionals. I teach you how to save money here and there. I give you healthy recipes, ideas on natural alternatives to medicines, and ways to stay healthy through healthy diet and exercise.

But, I eat cake sometimes. I curse sometimes. I listen to and participate in gossip sometimes. You might see me at a fast food restaurant and I won’t necessarily be ordering the salad with no dressing.

I’ve stated this in my blogs before. I’ve explained how we live healthy on a daily basis. We don’t keep unhealthy food in our home, except for occasional treats when company visits. We exercise every (almost) day. We hardly ever splurge and are very frugal with our money.  We make conscious efforts to minimize our impact on the environment. We love Jesus and try to live with Christian morals and standards every day of our lives. Those things you can be sure of.

Since I’ve started the blog, I’ve gotten comments like, “You probably don’t eat things like this.” I feel like I have to make a disclaimer when I eat a cookie at a party. When I act less-than-Christian in front of people who I know read my blog, I wonder if they think I’m a hypocrite.

I do think hypocrite is a little strong. I am human. I am not perfect. No one is. I share my blog because I want to help people improve their quality of life in a holistic manner. I share the practices of my family and me. As a whole, this blog represents a snapshot of our lives. That doesn’t mean we don’t stray from time to time.

I have no idea if most other bloggers are as perfect as they seem. I have a feeling most aren’t. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. No more Pinterest anxiety. Don’t give your kids up for adoption because you didn’t make cupcakes shaped like Elsa from Frozen for your daughter’s birthday party.

I want you to live a physically, financially, environmentally, and spiritually healthy life. I want you to trust that I, The Wellness Wife, strive to live this way every day and will provide you tips on how to do so. But, please don’t judge me if you see me in the Hardees’. I’m not going to be there every week or even every month, but I’m not saying I never go. If you hear me curse or gossip, know they are flaws I work on and pray about. I hope it makes you consider your own flaws and pray for God’s help in breaking those habits.

For an inspirational post on praying for assistance with spiritual transition, visit Essential Thing Devotions. (It’s a great link-up for Christian bloggers, too.)

This is my disclosure statement. Unlike my title states, I hope this actually helps you realize I’m NOT a hypocrite. Just a human.

19 thoughts on “I’m a Hypocrite: Relieving Pinterest and Blog Anxiety

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  2. Dagmara-GlamistaHome

    I actually am not a big fan of Pinterest, sometimes I have to grin when I see the perfectly edited pictures. :) Life is too short to worry about trivial stuff. As a blogger I do worry that I might not hit the nail on the head, that I might come across a certain way, but I do write from a place of love, not hate and can only hope that this is what comes across. I think that it’s coming across when you share your experiences here as well.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thank you for your encouragement. I hesitate to blog my recipes because I see all of these amazing photos. I’m a great nature photographer, but food, not so much. But I think I have great recipes to share, but if they look blah, no one will want to eat them! Thanks Pinterest!

  3. runawaybridalplanner

    I love this post! You know I am one of the “far from perfect” bloggers.
    But the truth is, I actually prefer to read blogs about people who “keep it real”. Sure we all have 1 or 2 things we can do perfect, but frankly no one can do everything perfect all the time.
    I remember a blogger who took a snapshot of her living room after a big project when she said it was the messiest it has ever been. I saw like 3 things out of place in it, and thought to myself, oh boy she would die if she saw mine after working on a project. But its true when you see something to perfect, and the thoughts of comparison come in, it sheds a negative light on our own lives.
    I try to lead a healthy life. But I will also be the first to admit that I would prefer a Pepsi over a water, and a splurge for me is more than just one slice of pizza:)
    If I come across a blogger who’s life is too perfect, I lose interest pretty quickly, I am not a “keeping up with the Jones kinda gal”.
    But I love this post, and really think a lot of bloggers should take note of it! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks for your comment! It means a lot coming from you to know you can be as fit as you are and still splurge from time to time. Also good to know that other bloggers houses get a little messy when trying to juggle all the hats we wear!

  4. Catalina @ Shades of Pink

    This is such a great post, I started blogging for pleasure, because I just have things that I would like to share, make new friends, maybe meet new people, I am not perfect and I don’t expect others to be, but I have when those “perfect lives” blogs make you feel bad, like you where stylish enough when pregnant, or OMG you had an epidural and you didn’t go crazy pushing for 24 hours, people get a little crazy :) and its hard not to fall into that trap! Great post!

  5. Chris-Ellyn

    We are all works in progress…keeping it “real” and admitting vulnerability is hard, but such a gift to others who are struggling with the pressure of living life in a virtual fishbowl, too. Great post.

  6. Dawn

    Very well said. I feel this way sometimes as well, particularly with Pinterest and Facebook. I even had to give them up for a short time to gain control of my sanity again. It is nice to hear that we are all human!

  7. Carolann

    I can relate totally to your post. Thanks for sharing this because I think we all feel the same exact way from time to time. I find myself constantly benchmarking myself and my blog, and I really can’t stand when I do that. I know it’s not productive, but yet we all do it. Thanks for the reminder that I’m not alone and that other bloggers out there feel the same way.

    1. Lisa Post author

      Glad I could help. And glad to hear I’m not alone! I’ve been feeling like I should write something like this for awhile, just never got around to it.

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