What does “Keep Blogging Real – #RielLife” mean? I’ll get to that, but first…
I want to talk with you about something that’s been on my mind and heart. Recently, a couple of my close friends and I have been discussing what’s missing from the internet these days and we all agreed it’s real life stories. Blogging has become more business than story telling, and it’s left a shallow feeling void in the content of so many blogs that were once full of life!
The first blog I ever read and followed was The Pioneer Woman. The way she writes (to this day) makes you feel like you’re best friends. When she announced she was getting a show on the Food Network – I was all “MY FRIEND IS GOING TO BE ON TV!!!” – come to find out, I was one of MANY who felt this way about P-Dub. If you read her blog, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I Am A Terrible Liar
Authenticity is a big part of who I am, not because “I’m such a good person” ha! – It’s because I learned at a very young age that I was a terrible liar. Like the time I swore up and down I was NOT at the lake with my friends, and even though my Dad found a tent and an ice chest in the back of the truck, he knew long before that I wasn’t telling the truth. Whoops.
Keeping it Riel
I find it hilarious that my married name is Riel, pronounced Real. Like, Keepin’ it Real, because I am the queen of TMI and oversharing. I read StrengthsFinder a few years back and took the test after, which I highly recommend everyone take, and discovered that empathy is my number one strength. True feelings and authenticity come naturally to me. That sounds like I’m full of myself, but it’s quite the opposite. I’ve only recently learned to channel this strength for good. In the past it’s hindered me, and kept me from being able to watch the news. Too much sadness, and I feel it all.
There Are Connections to Be Made Through Realness
I know a lot of you are nodding your head right now in agreement. #fistbump There are SO MANY of us out there. With this empathy comes overthinking pretty much everything, and internalizing every situation you encounter throughout the day. You can see how this would be a recipe for disaster when it comes to blogging? You WANT to share your story, you want to connect with people, but you have no filter and fear it may be too much. It’s not. I assure you.
You Need “a Person”
Everyone needs a person in their life to run things by, I have my big sister. She’s the perfect combination of “Whoa Lindsey, tap the breaks.” and “you’re boring.” mixed with a little “Oh my gosh that’s perfect, insert nice thing here.” – If you don’t have that person, please join our facebook group and allow me and the rest of the amazing women there to cheer you on and tell you when something could be reworked for efficacy.
The Atmosphere Changed
While doing some deep digging for this newsletter I remembered a post I wrote back in 2013 on my old blog, it was super easy to share such intimate details of who I was. The atmosphere was so positive and embracing that it felt like simply introducing myself to friends. I laughed when I read it today because I would overthink the tar out of being so open ONLINE only a year later. On top of that, the post wasn’t really even that deep. The atmosphere changed, people became cynical and just downright rude it felt like for a while. The trolls still exist, but I don’t care anymore. Most people really are good.
Keep Blogging Real – #RielLife
In the spirit of Keeping it Real, I think we should start a hashtag and build a community around it. One of brutal authenticity. When sharing your real life posts on social media use the hashtag #RielLife – I’m going to give away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to whoever shares the best authentic post this month and, will also be sharing that post on my social media channels and this newsletter that goes out to over 18 thousand of you.
Fun, right?! I hope this helps you let your walls down, and we’re able to take the internet from “polished and perfect” back to “raw, real and relatable!” I should trademark that.. haha! I love you guys, I really do! October is going to be a fantastic month!
Keep Blogging Real – #RielLICE
In an effort to put my money where my mouth is, I’ll leave you with a Riel Life story of my own.
Around this time last year, my Husband was out of town for work, and one of my kids brought home the dreaded lice from school. I had never seen one before, had no idea how to treat it, and froze. Like, could not move, or think. My Husband is great in situations like this, he takes over and handles business. I freeze. Luckily, my friend walked me through everything and calmed me down. I went a little crazy and threw everything that had touched our hair in the trash, and put it outside. Bleached everything that could be bleached, and anything that couldn’t be put in the washer, I sprayed down with that terrible smelling spray that kills ’em dead real good.
I feel I am not being overly dramatic in saying this, it was a traumatic event. I still freak out if I feel the slightest itch on my head, or see anyone scratching theirs. I had actual nightmares about them. Like, I can’t, even, stress enough….
Anyways, For whatever reason people do not talk about lice. BUT ME? I called the school immediately and was all “DO YOU KNOW LICE IS A THING RIGHT NOW?! MAKE IT STOP.” – Ok, maybe I am a bit dramatic. It felt necessary! I was not ashamed. I was terrified it could happen again and needed to make sure it didn’t. If your kids have had lice before, you know how many hours it takes to comb through and make sure every little hair on their head is assessed. It was exhausting. We made the most out of it and laughed at how ridiculous we looked with those terrible chemicals on our heads, but I still comb through their hair after school periodically because I have a very real case of PTLD. If you are a blogger, and your children have had lice, you owe it to the world to share that story. I was not properly prepared, and it’s all your fault. 😂
Deep breath, everything is fine now, our heads are clear….I’m going to have to repeat that to myself all day after having relived that.
On top of using the #RielLife hashtag on social media, you can also leave a link to your post in the comments below. I can’t wait to read ’em!
p.s. I’m trying to convince my Sister (Erin, we call her Tootie) to share a little anecdote in my monthly newsletter, comment below with a +1 for Tootie to help me get her on board 🙂 She hasn’t touched her blog in forever, but when she writes I laugh so hard I cry….