I'm in awe. Dumbstruck. Blown away by every click that leads me to another perfect world hosted by another stunningly pretty young (usually white) woman with beautiful photographs of her beautiful family in their beautiful home eating beautiful food, wearing beautiful handcrafted clothing, making beautiful DIY creations, having beautiful family outings.
My budget, my age, my impatience, my political and spiritual beliefs, my quirkiness and my unabashed lack of interest in perfection and exclusion preclude me from ever joining this club.
And there's the rub.
I have spent the past year spinning around in circles trying to figure this out. I make cool stuff! I write thoughtful posts! I share nifty projects and peeks into my life! I give out lots of free advice! I cheer people on! I lift people up! I'm pretty, I'm nice, I'm smart, I'm funny, I'm fun! Hey, what about me?! Don't you like my crafty crafts?
And the resounding answer is...maybe...but you're not in the club, Madge.
Yes, I'm not in the club and I won't join this club. Well, at least not while I'm alive. But apparently we and any ancestors with genealogical records will be joining posthumously.
I must say, with my face pressed up against the glass, gazing into this rose colored world with a slightly grainy filter and punched up vibrant colors, it surely is lovely. These are the pictures that launched a million pins and they're might impressive indeed. It's the same vision found in my stacks of 1950s craft magazines filled with pretty projects created by stay at home moms living the atomic family dream. The sheer number of these blogs, these pictures, these windows into this lovely impossibly perfect world is breathtaking. Spend a day or two clicking from one to another and your brain starts to spin!
You have to give them credit. The thing these women figured out that seems to elude those of us who are not in the club, is that making a club is the best way to build an audience. By promoting each other, supporting each other, sharing tips, tricks and ideas with each other, by carefully constructing a vision that seamlessly flows from one perfect blog to the next with the click of a mouse, they've done something really quite amazing. They've created a window into a world that is so intoxicating, it's difficult to resist.
There is power in numbers, immense and impressive power. And that's something to ponder, indeed.
Imperfectly, irreverently and impatiently yours,