"Body positive photo blogs are not inherently detrimental, but comparing yourself to others is."I totally agree with this statement. We all have our flaws and many of us think that others are judging us on them. Maybe they are, but then again, maybe they aren't. Patti said she worried about her hair. I think her hair is beautiful. What she may see as less than perfect, I see as a very lovely part of her.
The other statement made on Medicinal Marzipan follows:
"Posting pictures of yourself online IS inherently narcissistic, but you don't have to let it make you crazy."There is a lot more to the article, but the statement above really got to me. & Am I really so vain and seeking attention and validation? I don't think so, but this subject has been on my mind almost daily. Before I ever started my blog, I spent a lot of time reading blogs trying to decide if I wanted to participate. I read blogs from women who are very young, young, middle aged, 50+, plus-sized, ethnic, and from different countries around the world. I saw women that I admired and some who really inspired me with their life's journeys. Genuine, caring women who were sharing themselves with many others.
Sure, I try to post pictures that don't make me look like a dork. (I can get some pretty strange expressions on my face sometimes.) I don't erase any wrinkles or change myself to look "thinner". I do adjust color and crop backyard junk out of the photo. ---Let me interrupt for a funny story. Today I went to my Mother's house and she asked me to show her my blog, since she is not really good on the computer. When I called it up, on her monitor, I looked really thin! Who knew that a computer monitor setting could make me look thinner?
I haven't arrived at the answer as to whether or not it is vanity to post photos of me in what I am wearing. I wonder though, is it vain for a model to have her picture taken for a magazine or walk a fashion runway? I like to think that what I am trying to do is to help other women realize that they are not alone with their body or age issues and hopefully share some ideas about accessorizing.
Everyone I have encountered via my blog or their blogs has been wonderful. I feel like a part of a very wonderful community of admirable women.
By the way, the reason there is no photo of me today is that I did not change from my exercise clothes. Like Pam at over50feeling40, I have been dealing with the heat for far too long and I just could not get up the energy to dress up today.