Sunday, January 25, 2009

Definition of BLOG?

It's been brought to my attention that some of you out there in blog land thinks I am a Diva! Of course we would have to know what the slang definition of Diva was before we could figure out what they were talking about! They think my blog is all about me, that I am self promoting! Well to start with, I thought that's what a blog was, a personal account of things that were going on in our life. Sorta like a public diary! Maybe I have the wrong concept of what a blog is supposed to be! Would anyone like to enlighten me? The second thing is, I would love to have things to blog about like my sweet friend Theresa at Garden Antiques, but there aren't any interesting shops in my part of the woods to promote. So if I can't write about myself, what else is there to write about? Does anyone have the real definition of BLOG?

I have never thought of my self as a Diva! I'm just a country girl that was fortunate enough to get a few breaks in my favor! But I am curious to know what you guys think!

Theresa

50 comments:

Deann Johnson said...

what's wrong with self promoting? this is your blog, and you can do with it whatever you want ! perhaps the upity ones are jealous? but really, who cares? if people have a problem, it is *their* problem, not yours :)
i can't remember how i ended up here, but I love it - thrifting/junking is slim pickins here in (western NY)the winter time... i sure wish i were closer because I really want that green chair in your new display !!
keep doing what your doing :)

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Girl, you either got some real haters out there or some really really jealous people, but my goodness enough is enough!! If they don't like what you have to write about and say, they can move on down the road!! A blog is an online journal, be it about yourself, your travels, your family or whatever you feel like writing about at that moment. Take that Diva crown and wear it proudly and remember you aren't going to please everyone all the time, as long as you are happy, WHO CARES!! I myself love your style, your writing, and your friendship. So there...

trash talk said...

Well I looked and I didn't find a book on rules for blogging anywhere except general etiquette ones so I guess your critic needs to get their rear end in high gear and write one, so we can all correct our mistakes to fit her(and I'm sure it's a her) ideals of blogging or Oh my gosh, you might lose her as a reader. Heaven forbid. Puh-lease! With all the magazines going under, thank goodness there are places to visit like your blog for inspirations. Besides if she doesn't like it, why does she keep lurking? I say you can be the diva 'cause I want to be queen. Deal? Tn'T

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I'm with you on the definition of blog. For me it's my personal online diary about some of the things I like and some of the things I'm doing. If I had a business, I would be using it to self-promote, and maybe even sell things, like so many people do. So really, a blog can be anything you want it to be, pretty much. And, I think it's about having fun. So, if you don't like a blog, don't visit. Second general life/blogland rule: if you don't have anything nice to say...

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

According to dictionary.com, a blog is "an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page". Hmmm. Note the words "diary" and "personal". Why wouldn't your blog be about you and your thoughts? However, I just reviewed some of your posts and I don't find any that are very personal. Seems you are always hightlighting someone else! Here is my advice...be yourself and say to heck with those who criticize!

Malisa

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I guess I'm confused.. I'm not sure how I originally found your blog.. I personally am so glad I did. Your loving caring spirit shows with each post you make. I too have a shop and sometimes post things on here about that.. I post things about my family and our lives. I thought that is what a blog was for.. If someone has a problem reading your blog I suggest they move on.. I truly feel it will be there loss if they don't stay and enjoy it with the rest of us.. I hope you continue doing what you're doing and how you're doing it.. cause girl.. we love it.. your style, your personality and the things you share matter to me.. hugs ~lynne~

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

If you are a diva, we all are! Blog on fellow diva! We love visiting you here!

bella shabby said...

Some peoples kids. Of course your blog is going to be about You! Duh! If not then shouldn't I be doing Debs @ Talkin' Trash blog for her and she should do my blog for me? That makes NO sense. I for one plan on blogging about my junkin' business and whatever else I want. Please keep blogging about you , showing us pictures of your shows , your mall space and your home. Thats why I read your blog. Sue

sepiadreams said...

Well, to me Diva is a good thing. Obviously your doing something right. I am very new to this and also want to thank you for your compliment on my vintage decorated Christmas tree... To me Blog means whatever you want it to be. Your Blog is wonderful and inspiring...

lorhen82 said...

I say blog about whatever makes you happy, and those who like it will be loyal to you. I really enjoy your blog! ~Lori

countrycharisma said...

Well for Pete's sake! I was just getting into this blogging and thought it was supposed to be about sharing our lives and interests! How silly of me! Really Theresa, I love you blog, what you share, your neat pictures... I am sorry for whoever has a different opinion. I personally feel they need to keep it to themselves and move on! Don't take personal offense from it, just keep doing what you are doing! Blessings, carrell

madrekarin said...

Wow. I am always amazed when people react that way to someone's blog. I think you are right, a blog is an online personal journal of sorts. I'm pretty sure that a blog should be all about the person who is writing it.
Sounds like a serious case of sour grapes to me. Sorry you were on the receiving end of that one.

The Feathered Nest said...

Let's see, a blog is a "web log" which is like a online journal...and the word was shortened to "blog". A journal is usually a documentation of what happens in your own life so I would say it is totally EXPECTED for you to talk about you, your personal experiences and creations on your blog ~ So don't you worry at all Theresa, I love hearing what you're up to, seeing your arrangements of beautiful things and also getting a peek at the shows you're in because I can't be there. Thanks so much for sharing your life!!! Don't let one person's negative attitude get you down, we're all so happy that you're here! xxoo, Dawn

Glenda/MidSouth said...

It is your blog - write about and post pictures about what you want (as long as it is legal) :-). People need to understand - It is like television - if you don't like the program, change the channel, cause you have control of the remote control!. Keep up the good work.
Glenda

High Desert Diva said...

From Wikipedia:
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

I have a friend who won't read my blog because she considers all blogs to be self-promoting. Whatever.

I consider my blog to be a creative extension of myself.

And I wear the Diva crown with pride.

Sarah said...

Hi Theresa,
I have just found your blog from a link at Patti's Delighted Heart.
It's funny that I read your last entry about 'Definition of BLOG'. A group of us Aussie girls had a bit of this going on in the later part of last year. I started my blog after I did an internet search for 'shabby chic' & found a great Aussie web site & off there was her link to her blog, now up until then I had never heard about blogs, only things like Facebook & Myspace. Now the majority of the blogs that I have on my fave list consists mainly of crafty business women who showcase there skills & talents via there blogs which are linked to their websites.
So honey blow your trumpet loud & proud!
I will be adding you to my faves list & will be back frequently to check out what you are up to, drop by my blog if you have time too, I am always up to 'meeting' other wonderful women like yourself.
Sarah xxx
Shabby Roses & Pretty Things
Australia

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

From one Diva to another, whats wrong with self promotong anyway. If we don't do it for ourselves who is. We are amongst some amazing talented writers, designers and alot of women with alot of heart. I feel I don't have anything to say that anyone would be interested in so I'm always posting pics of my home. I'm sure there are bloggers out there that feel the same about me. Keep doing what your doing...Your GREAT!!!!
Cheryl

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I think our blogs are similar. A little about family, a little about our homes, a little about our business. Your blog is diverse and it's inspirational.

Here's the deal. Do you enjoy sharing? Do you get comments that you appreciate? If so, then now. Think of an extremely dirty word and associate it with the person you got this "Diva thing" from. Don't allow folks to knock you down. They shouldn't be given that much power.

Keep doing what you are doing. I like it! And. Look. So do the other people who responded.

Yea! ~Mindy

Lindsay Jones said...

I guess I will come out of the shadows to say that is the reason I really enjoy reading your blog, to see the wonderful creative things you do. You are very inspiring! If I didn't want to read about you and the things you are doing I would be reading someone elses blog, right?!
Please keep up all the beauty,
Lindsay (Arizona)

delighted heart said...

I see my Aussie friend found you! Although I've only been writing a blog for 6 weeks I've been reading them for 2 years so that makes me an expert! LOL From all the blogs I've read I've come to the conclusion it is all about YOU! AND you can make it what everever you want to make it...some blogs write whats going on in their family world....some share great magazine home pictures...some share other blogs...some share cool stores ..some share insights from their life... hoping to impact another life! I love all the photos you share..I mean after reading your last post ...I'm getting a truck and heading your way. Oh wait I won't have to cause you will be here in 8 weeks! I love ALL that's in your booth. How can you part with it? It all would look fantastic in your house (and my house)! Oh and thanks for the sweet comments you left about my photos! What a complement coming from a professional like yourself!
Can't wait to meet you in March!
Blessings!
Patti (working on that Diva thing myself! Divas Rock!)

Jacque said...

On a chalkboard in my studio it reads "What you think of me is none of my business" People always get a kick out of it, I don't know where I got it or who said it but it is a great addition to my creative space! My other favorite "I see it is all about you too" Don't let anyone interfere with your sharing, we love how you blog! Jacque

Unique Unique Design said...

Hey Theresa, love your blog and love your pics. Please keep up the good work.
marcie

The Victorian Parlor said...

I don't think that you are self promoting! I think that you share your life and your ideas which in my opinion is the purpose of the blog! I have made some wonderful friends in blogland that I would not have met if I had not shared things about myself. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your inspirational decorating ideas! Don't change a thing! You're great!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

You are NOT gonna believe what I have to tell you!!!! I got the thank you today from the birthday girl...I KNOW HER ALREADY! She said she had a son here in my town and I knew right away from her last name...he built our house and I remember her! How small a world is THAT?!

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

Spoken like a true DIVA..... whatever that is. I certainly hope you are promoting yourself. Most of the time you are promoting some one else. It looks like the green eyed monster has reard its ugly head. Keep up all your good work, and keep em guessing.....Lauri @ chippys

Lady Jane Vintage said...

Ah who cares what people think or say! You do what makes you happy and at the end of the day, whatever makes you rest your head in peace, that's the way I feel!;) "I" enjoy reading your blog, so I say "keep on a goin' sister!" And geez, "high school" was a loooong time ago to have to deal with any of THAT nonsense!:) Take care! Jen

Sweet Repose said...

There's that ugly word again...jealous-anxiety,envy,distrust,suspicious, vigilant, fearing faithlessness in love...

Well that's what my Funk N Wagnall says. My post today happens to be about ME and the wonderful lampshades I make...AND...how after I started making them, everyone else in town did too...go figger!

We just have personal blogs and if they don't like it, they can just click 'BACK'...more pics of your beautiful home please...that oughta get 'um going!!! Ha!

Nut

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

I'd say by the responses you know who your real friends are in Blogistan. You're an artist. You need a creative outlet.
No one is 'forced' to look at anything.
I always want to look at your blog.
go go go
ox lulu

Star's Fault said...

Oh dear, I would be a bit crushed with an angry comment, and it might just make a blogger alter their style, but I hope you will continue to be true to yourself, beause you have a loyal readership out there that loves your blog just as it is!

Blessings ~ Eileen

Paper Dolls said...

I think you are a very humble person and that you share what is on your mind or heart. I would not worry about what others say, they may just be envious or just plain old mean. They can just choose to read some other blogs or go away. I think the birthday party was a wonderful thing to do for your friend. I am sure she was deeply touched by your generosity!

Anita said...

Oh Whatever. It's not like people have to READ if they don't want to. Good grief. I see blogs as fitting several purposes- diaries, communication with others outside of Facebook ( I mean, really, at my age? Facebook?), networking, SELF-PROMOTING and a source of information for supplies, ideas, hobbies, places to visit, great shops, trends, etc.

So, if I don't read Remote Controlled Airplanes Are My Life blog, it is because I am not interested. I would advise the same.

I agree with Sharon. Petty jealous people often call names because they have nothing else to do. Al esson we taught in middle school was "Tearing others down does not build you up."

I love ya anyway!

Anita

Jackie said...

Theresa, you can't let anyone get you down. You have so much talent that you are going to meet lots of people who are jealous of your ability and your success. A blog is the perfect place to toot your own horn, and you're a business women, if you don't promote your business who else is supposed to?

As far as the diva thing goes, that is soooo untrue-you have been supportive and kind and eager to lend a hand or offer advice to me-a business newbie-diva's don't do that. Diva's do just for themselves. You just gave an 80 yr old her first birthday party! Diva's don't do that either! The internet is a great thing, but it also attracts freaks and nutcases-you gotta let 'em drown in their own nastiness. KEEP ON DOING YOUR WONDERFUL THING THERESA!!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

I love your beautiful blog and I love DIVA's so continue yourself an INSPIRATION to me!

Maison Douce said...

I am confused, I thought a blog was exactly that, a personal account of your life, family, adventures, endeavors, interests, etc.! Who makes the rules? No one is forced to read it, only the people who enjoy it (like I do...)should continue to lurk around... And what is wrong with self promotion, if that is what you wanted to do? What's wrong with people?!!
Isabel

Margo said...

I'm so sorry that someone has said this about you. As the other posters have stated. It's your blog you can do what you want. I find great inspiration in seeing your displays. Maybe someone is jealous. Ignore it and go on. On another note, I hope that your power is restored soon so we can read and see some more.
Margo

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www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Who cares what people think. It is YOUR blog and you can write about anything you'd like. It is a way to get to know you. Isn't that what it's all about? I for one enjoy it with all of the lovely photos. It is a fun blog and if someone doesn't like it I guess they don't have to read it. Keep on bloggin'!!!!!~Debra

A Vintage Hag said...

Hi Theresa,
A Diva you are NOT. You are the sweetest gal ever! Sure miss seeing you each month at Lakewood, the big one. Boy, your new booth is awesome, sure wish you lived close enough to come have a booth with us. I've joined the blog world with a brand new baby blog - needs lots of work and music and a polka dot background - coming soon, I hope....
Take a peak
http://onevintagehag.blogspot.com/
Fondly,
Debbie

Jackie said...

Theresa I hope you are not frozen in place down there in Kentucky! I'm thinking you must not have electricity cause we haven't heard from you in a while. I hope you're getting through this Ok. My thoughts are with you. Jackie (in the equally frozed Northeast.)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

It's all about YOU. It's your web log. Enjoy it and all the people that come here and enjoy what you bring to the land of blog.

I'm with Theresa, if someone doesn't like it, they can visit somewhere else ;)

Happy weekend!
xo~Tracie

Lana said...

That's what I thought a blog was all about too! I use mine to keep people up to date on the happenings in my life and in my business.
I love your blog ~ don't change it!

The Junkin' Yaya said...

Well...I for one love being a "diva" and darlin'....I believe that all us "yaya's" should be divas. Because, someone needs to tell your reader that made that rude comment...that doesn't she know that "it is all about us"? :)

Honey...don't give it any thought. You write whatever you please and if someone doesn't want to read it...then why does she keep visiting? How would she know what you write about, unless she visits all the time? :)

As the saying goes....you ain't accomplishing anything if nobody is talkin' about ya!

xo...deb

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a delightful blog you have! Really enjoyed my visit!
~Maryjane

The Kramer Angle said...

To Thine Ownself Be True!

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

TO ANY CRITICS OUT THERE I WOULD SAY "GET A LIFE!!!!!"

Linda said...

Blog on sister friend aka Diva! I will be a Diva with you then. Those who have a problem with it probably need therapy and obviously are stuck in their middle school years and need to grow up!! Gees
Linda Q

The English Cottage Collection said...

Theresa--oh my! What the hell happened while I was away... I read the all of your comments and I say AMEN SISTERS!! I adore your posts and always look so forward to them.YOU'VE GOT A BIG FAN CLUB OUT HERE IN BLOGISTAN ...you go girl...POST ON!!

Gretchen said...

Your not a diva, you're divine! You are confident, don't take crap from people, have a God given talent and are successful. Some people just can be happy for others, so don't even let a comment like that goad you. You are truly an inspiration to so many others of us out in blog land, that you have way more followers, than not. You go girl!

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

Burrrr I don't know how you take it, I'm freezing looking at those pics. Hope your thawing out,
Cheryl

Barb said...

Theresa,

Hope this isn't too late to comment, but i just found your wonderful site.

Diva: I thought that meant someone who excelled in what they do. Guess i didn't know what the definition really was. But if you can choose a definition, i think excelling in what you do what be perfect, just from what little i have seen of your blog.
I certainly did not see anything that sounded like bragging or whatever the 'other' person said.

My understanding of a blog, was that you could put whatever you wanted on it. I love that you share pics of displays. They are beautiful.
And, as a new little shop owner here in Oregon, your pics give wonderful ideas that help those with businesses, or want to make their homes more lovely.

Also love little looks at weather, and whatever else you decide to post.

Blessings as you continue on, just the way you are.

Barbara Jean

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Your blog is lovely.