24 July 2012

i shop less when i blog less

Mark and I have been making an effort to spend less. And this is what I've learned: When I blog less, I shop less. Is this true for you too?

We could get all semantical and talk correlation versus causation, but I know in my heart it's causation. When I'm blogging a lot, I'm thinking about house projects, thinking about stuff we need to buy for said projects, and I'm perusing lots of other blogs for ideas, which of course make me spot other stuff that we can't live without.

But I wouldn't be a person living in 2012 if I didn't say that I want to have less stuff, not more stuff. And I mean it. But somehow, in that moment, the desire to have less stuff is completely disconnected from the object I am dreaming of acquiring, or actually acquiring.

My most recent purchase, a midcentury chair from the Long Beach flea market. It's a great chair, and was an awesome deal, but I won't be blogging about it anytime soon.

This I know: When I take a step back and unplug from blogland, I think about stuff a whole lot less. I spend more time with friends, I spend more time outside, I cook more. I spend less money.

I have a biiiiiiiiggggg backlog of recipes to share, so stay tuned for those. I'm going to keep going on my summer vacation from home/stuff blogging, though. And I'll totally support you if you do the same.

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8 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you! :)

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  2. The cynical part of me says 'interwebz == advertising'. Certainly there are many home blogs that are run to maximize the bottom line, generate media for some corporation, etc. if I think about the origin of the word 'blog', it just stand for web-log. As in a web journal that you are gracious enough to let the world in on. So if that means we get to hear about new recipes 'cause that's whats going on in yr life; that's ok; much better that reading content that isn't a reflection of you :-) And maybe (like in real life) people who are in a different point in their own lives will drift away and new friends will come about?

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  3. yep. Guilty. I am constantly battling having less with getting rid of old stuff to make room for more.

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  4. I'm the same. When I was checking multiple interior design blogs daily, I found a constant stream of ideas which I wanted to copy and items I wanted to own. I felt continually dissatisfied with my home and my husband's refusal to follow trends like wallpaper-accent-walls.
    The decline of my constant blog-hopping coincided with a hectic, full-time job, so to be honest, I didn't have time to worry much about the house. But I do believe, not seeing (on a daily basis) the beautiful homes owned by other people, has helped me feel more content with my own.

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  5. I look forward to your upcoming food posts! And can't wait to hear more about that chair but understand the need to take time off too. Enjoy :)

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  6. Tanja, I hope you're enjoying your summer break. I just thought I'd check in and happened on this post. As always, you're keeping it real. I so agree. Blog-hopping can definitely make you crave-want-think about things that you don't have.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

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  7. Yea I'm the same way. I did a spend free month last year and actually might have a spend free fall. Use only what I have for holiday decorating and get rid of the rest!

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