Blogging: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (Take 2)

Let’s face it, sometimes blogging looks a heck of a lot more glamorous than it really is. In reality, there are many good, bad, and even ugly things that come along with running your own blog. And in honor of our 3rd birthday week, we figured it was a good time to dish. birthday_cupcake_candle_3

The Good

12-coffee-cup-flowers-kitchen-subway-tile-backsplashGet projects around the house done: Not gonna lie, the blog has really forced me to get my butt into gear with our Chicago condo. In fact, I often walk around each room and jot down what I want to do directly into our blog calendar. That way I’m pretty much forced to tackle a project because if it’s written down, it’s more likely to happen! I doubt we’d have accomplished this much if it wasn’t for the blog.

Readers feel like friends: It’s true, we totally see you guys as our friends and we have the BEST friends a girl could ever ask for. We love seeing familiar names in our comments and on our social media. We feel like over time we learn so much about you guys through these interactions and feel so blessed. This is definitely a really, really GOOD GREAT part of blogging. From the bottom of our hearts, thank YOU!

Support from strangers: We talked about the overwhelming support we get from some important people in our lives earlier this week, but we also need to mention the amazing support we get from strangers! Yes, complete strangers have blown us away with their support via social media, blog comments, and emails. We are so darn grateful for every single one of these and ALWAYS work hard to reply back to everyone who took time out of their chaotic schedules to reach out over the past 3 years! You words of support and encouragement mean more to us than you may ever realize. Sincerely, thank YOU!

Bridget-Casey-Travel-NYCAlways something fun to look forward to: We constantly say that there is ALWAYS something to look forward to when it comes to the blog, because we are always so busy preparing for what’s next on our calendar. We are both people who would rather stay busy, and the DIY Playbook definitely keeps us very busy doing things we LOVE to do! So being busy and always having something exciting, challenging, and NEW to look forward to is one our fav parts of the blog.

Emoji Cell PhoneThere’s never a day we don’t talk: We talk Usually our first text exchange is before 7:30am and we continue to exchange texts or emails throughout the day. Often during the evening is when we’ll touch base with a phone call, especially when a lot is going on in the blog or in our inbox! This blog has strengthened our friendship so much and has allowed us to be constantly communicating and constantly up-to-date about what is going on in each other’s lives (like up-to-the-minute updates) and this is by FARRRR one of the best parts of this entire experience. We feel so blessed to have each other.

The Bad

3-calendar-day-planner-computer-organizedAlways having something you “should be doing”: We just told you that being busy and always having something to look forward to and prepare for is the “good” part of the blog (and it almost always is), but at times this can be the tough part too. Because we are busy with our day jobs and trying to juggle life outside of the blog, anytime we have “down time” or free time we feel like we need to be doing work so we don’t fall behind. Having that looming feeling that we should always be doing something is definitely hard to escape at times and can become a tad stressful. But remember… we actually like being busy so as long as we’re not overwhelmingly busy, then we make it work!!

Dining Room Board and Batten Reveal Feeling like you can’t make your home what you want because it’s been done on the blog before: Sad, but true. We always want to try to create/showcase new, original, creative content on the DIY Playbook. Usually we LOVE this part of the blog, but sometimes this actually becomes a problem. There are times we want to repeat something we already did (and love), but feel bad doing so because we don’t want readers becoming upset that we’ve “been there, done that”.

board and batten bedroomTake B’s board and batten obsession. She likes it so much that she put it in her hallway, her bedroom and her dining room and we felt bad for repeating it so much. AND we actually got some hate mail about how offended someone was that we kept re-doing the same design choice. EEK! (They’re really not gonna be happy when Casey shows off her new family room built-ins…) We felt bad, but if we love these projects, sometimes it’s worth redoing them rather than just doing something to be “new”. I mean we are the ones living in our homes, shouldn’t it look the way we want? We don’t necessarily want a trendy space, we just want spaces we LOVE… fine line, right?!

flower phone camera nyc bhgNot unplugging as often as we should: Eek… we both have some serious room for improvement in this category. For both our own sanity and the sanity of those around us (cough, cough… those poor hubbies), we need to do a way better job of setting limits and UNPLUGGING. <– enter that looming feeling that we could be checking, updating, emailing, etc. and we’re wasting time.

birthday_bridget_cupcake_3_happyTalking about our blog feels like bragging so we avoid it: Chatting more about the blog in our “real lives” was one of our 2016 goals, and we are totally failing at it so far! The DIY Playbook is such a HUGE part of our lives, but it’s hard to chat about it with friends and family without feeling like we are bragging…. so we usually default to a generic response when someone asks about it. We NEED to get better at this, especially because it’s something we are so proud of and it’s such a huge part of our lives!

tile toolsNot having enough time to tackle bigger projects: If we had it our way, we would tackle far more weekend warrior projects and hardcore DIYs (hello bathroom remodel!). Unfortunately though, this is not always an option when we are trying to juggle work, blog, family, friends, and LIFE. =/ However, we did carve out two FULL weekends this month to tackle one of our biggest DIYs to date! We had to put it on the calendar 3 months in advance to make it happen (seriously..) but we can’t wait to get started!  

The Ugly

Negative comments: This is just the W-O-R-S-T. Very rarely do we get ugly, negative, or mean comments on our own blog or our social media accounts. However, when companies share our projects on their social media pages or websites… that’s when we’ll see some straight up RUDE comments. We totally understand that not everyone shares our style or taste (we’re all different and that’s okay!!) but we just can’t seem to understand the need for someone to make these rude comments on the internet. If people have constructive criticism or a difference of opinions, we are all ears. But straight up rude/mean/offensive opinions that serve no purpose… Why, why, WHY?! We just can’t seem to understand and probably never will, but hope to focus on our own work and our own positivity. =)

“Am I good enough?”: Possibly stemming from those mean comments (yikes) or maybe just they’re just natural feelings that come with putting yourself out there for everyone to judge, but we would be lying if we said we don’t sometimes question ourselves and wonder if we’re really good enough. We try our best, try hard to stay true to ourselves, and hope to inspire a few fellow DIY-ers along the way — but bottom line: we are rookies! We are not expert carpenters, not full-time bloggers, not professional interior designers, and are NOT perfect… just average homeowners who love DIY and home decor.

bridget-casey-computer-bedroomBack issues: The chiropractor called, she’s reminding you about your appointment tomorrow after work! <– true story!! Blogging from our beds, our kitchen islands, or our couches during the Bachelor is not doing either of our bodies (specifically our backs) any favors. We try to hit the gym when we can to help make up for this sitting/slouching but we do sometimes have sore backs, necks, or even arms (Bridget) because of our bloggin’ ways. #30goingon75

So we hope we brought you a little behind-the-scenes to see the reality of being a blogger. Not so glamorous, right? Also, if you want to read our first take on the Good, Bad, & Ugly series be sure to check out this post from 2 years ago! (Crazy that not much has changed!)



P.S. Another GOOD thing about the blog? Your husband asking to jump in your photo shoot for a little impromptu balloon fun! Gotta love a man who isn’t afraid of pink balloons. (& here he thought he was getting away with me not putting this picture on the internet this week) birthday_Finn_balloons_3

  • Summer Hogan

    Seriously too cute! Love your insight!

  • Heather

    I say board and batten ALL THE THINGS and forget the negative comments! It is your house, your blog, not anyone else’s. If you do a project that has already been done, readers can skip that post. And who knows…you may be doing a project for the 5th time but this time you tried to approach it differently and that allows you to show a different perspective on a project.

    • Thank you Heather, we REALLY appreciate your support!! =) Lucky to have you!

  • I’m (hopefully) going to be buying a new house soon and starting a DIY blog, so all of this is really helpful to know! I’m so glad that I found your blog this year and it’s been a huge source of inspiration to me. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

    • Congrats Gretchen! And good luck starting the blog….so exciting.

  • You’re both so amazing. I’m so grateful for the support you’ve given me over the last year and feel so grateful to be part of your community! I totally agree that unplugging can be tough when there’s always a social media profile to update, but I love that you’re working on that (I am too!)

    • Thanks for your support! And yes…putting that darn phone away is HARD!

  • Erin

    hahahah that last photo!!

    but yeah. the ugly, it sucks when people are negative about you repeating something. don’t they realize that it’s not the easiest thing to come up with new things all the time! creative people (i am one) have mental blocks all the time, sometimes a tried and true just works!

    just keep rockin’ on the way you are… and pssh to the negative comments, they’re just not happy with themselves. It’s all about constructive criticism!

    • Thanks Erin! And yes we welcome constructive criticism, but being hurtful for no reason…no thanks!

      And isn’t that picture hilarious?! He is gonna kill me…

  • Trang

    I definitely think all to good (and great) things out weigh the bad aspects of blogging (except for the back pain). I love you guys and can’t imagine not reading your blogs. THANK YOU for putting yourselves out there and being a part of my daily life. What you do takes tons of work, sweat, and maybe even tears at times.
    And the haters – shrug it off. You can’t please everyone and those people only show their ugliness with hate mail and negativity. They obviously never learned as a child to not say anything if you don’t have anything nice to say. It really does only show their own insecurities. Your passion should never be criticized.

    • Thanks so much Trang. We appreciate your kind words about any negativity. We try to be upbeat & positive all the time and remind ourselves that anything hurtful stems from their own insecurity.

  • Lisa Martin

    Your honesty is endearing:) Focus on the positive and let yourselves enjoy a real life discussion with friends and family about your blog! I’m sure you hear about their successes at work often. Thanks for being true to yourselves.

    • Lisa…wow we never thought of it like that! Thanks for the encouragement. It’s just what we need to speak up and be more proud of ourselves.

  • Austin Schneider

    Y’all’s blog is truly one of my new favorites (I check it religiously, even though I know my email will alert me to new content ha ha). I just want to encourage you specifically when it comes to “repeating” ideas, PLEASE DO! I tend to do that with gallery walls (3 in my apartment and counting), but that’s real life, and it never looks EXACTLY the same because it’s in a different room/has been tweaked slightly/etc. Trust me, your true fans won’t be bored. 🙂

    • You are so sweet! And so happy to hear you’re okay with doing a project another time in a different space. Thanks for being our “true fan” Austin! Lucky to have you.

  • Love Finn’s blogphotobomb! You girls are awesome and so talented in DIY projects, writing, hyperlinking to every cute thing in a post because we are dying to know where it’s from and so many other things. You should be so proud of yourselves for creating this amazing site. And you risk putting yourselves out there and that takes guts and patience. It’s hard not to dwell on the negative but I hope you can focus on all the positive and what a gift this blog is to so many loyal readers! Thank you!

    • He saw it while he was at work today and was like…”seriously, Casey?!” hahahaha.

      Thanks so much for the support Colleen! We’re so happy you found the blog this year 🙂

  • katie c.

    Your blog is one of my very favorites! I love that you aren’t “expert carpenters, professional interior designers”, etc., because I’m not either! Your beautiful, creative homes make me feel like I can have a beautiful home too, even though I’m not any of those things, either! Keep being yourselves!!

    • Aww thanks so much Katie! Such a sweet comment.