Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Confessions of a Lurker

Confession: I am a lurker. A blog-follower. A Pinterest-pinner. A Facebook-liker. A flickr-favoriter. I love perusing images of beautiful art, interior design, DIY projects, befores and afters, crafts galore. But what I really want is to be one of the artists or bloggers I admire. I don't want to spend my life just appreciating the projects of others while surfing on the couch. I want to be a maker.

I could be a maker, but all my lurking has given me a kind of disease. The wonderful internet has opened my world to a whole group of people I aspire to be like, and constantly compare myself to. And so I rattle off the excuses to myself, "I can't start a blog because I don't have enough light in my apartment to take photos, my camera isn't good enough, my ideas aren't original enough, no one will read my blog anyway, everyone else started doing it long before me, I don't have time to put in to it, I am not good enough, I am too afraid."

But it's time for me to stop comparing myself to others, and do what I enjoy doing. No excuses for putting it off any longer. Take my inspiration I've been given and what little talent and resources I have and maybe inspire others in the process. It's time to stop lurking. It's time to participate, get off the couch, and be a maker.

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