Bloggers are Here to Stay. Like it or Lump it, Martha.

Image courtesy of by Stuart Miles

Image courtesy of by Stuart Miles

When I saw a post shared on a private bloggers’ group page regarding how Martha Stewart dissed bloggers with her recent comments on Bloomberg TV, I immediately responded to my fellow blogging friends with an instant reply.

This is what I wrote:

This is their way of “protecting their turf” and not letting others rise to the top. I’m referring to MS and I didn’t have to listen to the video. People who rank themselves as the experts and have all the attention don’t want to let others get to their position, bloggers are people in training in some cases. OK, now I should just write a topic about this – getting wordy! LOL.

After I posted my comment above, many bloggers on this private bloggers’ page began to chime in with their thoughts and replies to my reply and everyone else’s comments.

Basically, we all took some level of offense to Martha’s comment about bloggers because everyone in this group is passionate about their blogs and what they offer to the world, which by the way, in many cases, is voluntary and without much compensation.

After re-tweeting a couple tweets related to this Martha blogger-dissing story, one of which was me tweeting this:

Bloggers are here to stay. Like it or Lump It.

I stepped away from my desk and went to the kitchen to make a quick sandwich for lunch.  Then I thought, I better get these dishes done before I go back to researching information for my next post on my blog.

As I moved my hands through the soapy dish water, I kept thinking about those words Martha spoke:

“Who are these bloggers?”

Like a rap song, it started to repeat in my head…, “Who-who-who are these (zip-zip noise of a rapper’s album spinning) bloggers? Who are these Bloggers anyways? Who-who are these Bloggers?”

It made me shake my head a bit in disgust thinking about her using the word “gripe” and saying “they are not the experts,” along with her question: “Who are these bloggers?” – which of course, she presented in a pretentious tone.  But it also made me think more about the people “like Martha Stewart” than Martha Stewart herself.

What I mean by “people like Martha” is there are people who believe they are the experts and don’t want to allow anyone else to be better than them or reach higher status, because obviously, they would lose their rank as being the best.  They hold onto their high status position strongly for either monetary reasons or some kind of elite recognition.  But in addition to this, they have a high and mighty attitude about their position.

It doesn’t matter what field you are in or which you are representing.  It could be cooking, décor, plants, or aprons – but somehow, someway, this person reached “glory” status and was given a perceived title of expert.  And sure, they worked their butts off and knew how to run a business to get there, but that very status got to their heads a little too much at some point.  They somewhere along the journey crossed from being a person who inspires to a person whom must be worshiped.

These “people like Martha” believe they are the experts in their field and maybe they are, but they also are the very ones who are or were admired from afar by people who aspire to be like them.  Or maybe their fans don’t technically aspire to be like them, but have a passion very similar to theirs.  The fans may be beginners at the expert’s similar field, been practicing it for a while, have studied too, learned, and gained experience.  Maybe they are close to being an expert themselves.  But those “people like Martha” don’t want to let them get there.

Why?  Because they fear losing their number one spot.

One of the things I love about blogging, bloggers, and the ability to share across the world with anyone willing to hear about your passion, craft, and expertise – is that you do not need an expert to give you permission to do so.  You don’t have to kiss their ring first or sing their praises.

On the flip side of that, it is also very disappointing when you have admired someone considered to be an expert and they don’t see that you would have appreciated their mentor-ship, encouragement, or even praise to acknowledge that you have achieved some level of greatness as well.  It may be big or small, comparable to theirs, or not even close – but you have been working hard at it too.

When they, the people like Martha, get to that place where they don’t want to allow anyone else to be as grand as them, this is when they have lost their true gift – The gift which got them to their expert status in the first place.

If you were or are a super football player for example, and you coach students to learn how to be the best player as well, this is admirable and a worthwhile way to live.

If you are a super-star player, and won’t let anyone else on the playing field, what’s the point?

As I continued to click through tweets to find other bloggers’ commentaries on the Martha blogger-dissing story, I felt an even stronger admiration for bloggers and their willingness to share the playing field and not keep it all to themselves.  This, again, is what is powerful about blogging.  We ‘can’ share, can be seen and heard, and don’t have to meet anyone’s standards to do so.  The only people who need to approve are those admiring our offerings.

Does the fact we are not experts diminish the quality of our posts and shared information at times? Perhaps.  But you know what, I say it’s worth the risk.  I’d rather discover an unknown talent willing to share what they know in a passionate true way than not know they are out there because some expert would rather keep all the glory to themselves.

Written by Cathy Testa

P.S.  Yes, I know I have some grammatical errors.  I haven’t had ‘my recipe’ tested yet.  Now let me get back to my post – about how to build birdhouses.  Thank you.



I like Jen Singer’s post about the Martha blogger dissing story as well – FYI: Click HERE.

Living without my laptop taught me to swim like a dolphin and dive like a loon

Bitstrips Source

Bitstrips Source

I can not believe I went two whole months without a laptop.  It was painful but also allowed me to become intimately familiar with my other devices.  I borrowed an iPad and used my iPhone as a back up – but posting via an iPad to my blog was challenging. Sometimes the iPad screen would not display correctly or the typing on the screen’s keyboard was cumbersome – I’m much faster on a regular old keyboard. The iPad would be slow at times – for whatever reason, I could not figure out.  And the iPhone, it is small and difficult on the eyes. Handy as it may be, I can’t use it to post content easily.  It would take F–O–R-evvvv-errr.  It was hard to bold my text, add links, insert photos, or fix spelling errors.  And, although these irritations happened when I used either device, I still opted to post to my blog – and not completely give up, because I like to blog. I’m actually somewhat addicted to it.  But, I started to feel like a dolphin.

“Blogging without a Laptop was like being Stuck in an Aquarium”

Stuck without a laptop feels like being in an aquarium

Poor guy – bet he wishes he had full connectivity to the outside world

I felt stuck like a dolphin in an aquarium tank.  I could make do and adjusted, making the best of it — but it didn’t feel free or easy to enjoy my surroundings. I started to swim along within my confines.  Trying to live without “full” technology was difficult, but also allowed some freedom too.  It gave me a break, from sitting in my office and being tied to a laptop screen, and sometimes, when we take a break from technology, we pay more attention to the live things around us. That is why when I took a long weekend away to a place with no connectivity, it actually felt good.  I started to get comfortable living without it – for the short term that is.  Living without it forever, well, that is just plain impossible these days.  So much of what we do is online, sad but true.

A Land without Connectivity?  Here it is…

Our Cabin - JK

Our Cabin – JK

When I went on a long weekend with my siblings this year, we stayed in cabins up north, way up north, as in like 10 miles from the Canadian border.  And our lodging had no connectivity, as you can see why above. Just Kidding. This was a house down the street from our cozy cabins.  It was an old home that one must stop to take photos of. The funny part of this story – stopping for photos that is – is there was a small garden to the right of the house that was in good shape – as in someone was tending to it.  But who? We wondered.  We didn’t stick around to find out.  Just took a quick snap with the iPad and took off quickly.

Anyhow, back to our lodging (cabins).  We spent three nights at a place where we could not text or check our twitter tweets, email accounts, or post to anything.  And in this case, this situation was a good thing.  It gave us a chance to enjoy the view of lakes in front of our cabins without distractions, and “pay attention” when special things happened.  Like when my niece ran up to show us the fish she caught.  Our noses weren’t stuck to our iPhones (me being the most guilty of this of my family members), but focused on our real surroundings, fresh air, and in person opportunities. And how convenient!  My hand was also free to hold other good things, like my wine glass (rather than my iPhone).

“Catch of The Day – A Fish and Wine”

Eyes on fish catch of the day

One of us finally caught a fish!

However, I must admit I did take my iPhone along with me when kayaking on this weekend trip which I promptly dropped in the water at one point as I was entering my kayak, but by some miracle, it did not malfunction or die after getting wet briefly. I dove my hand into that water faster than a loon dives after a fish in a lake.  I dried it on a boulder and it started functioning again, then I quietly snuck up in my kayak to a loon sitting on a platform. She was NOT HAPPY and squawked at me loudly, and I almost dropped my iPhone again, but fortunately did not.  This again freed up my hands for more important things, like paddling away before that loon attacked me. She started to jump into the water and approach my kayak, and at that point, I was the one squawking.

“My Close Up Shot of a Loon in North Country”

Loon Lady sitting on her egg.  She did not like me!

Loon Lady sitting on her egg. She did not like me!

After kayaking a while, and returning to our cabins, I started to realize I wasn’t reaching for my iPhone anymore for anything other than capturing photos of the beauty surrounding us, but without connectivity, it was hard to share until I was back online again.  And sharing is what I like to do.  And now with a new laptop to replace the one that finally broke permanently, I can get to fixing my errors and updating my blog.  First to be updated was updates to my schedule of events.  See Cathy T’s Classes to learn about the next two classes in the fall and winter.  And next was a new page called SOCIAL, because it can’t be helped, but should be paused from time to time.

In the meantime, bare with me as I learn the new technology of my brandy new laptop.  Thanks for your patience.

Written by Cathy Testa

View without connectivity, but taken with my iPad

View without connectivity, but taken with my iPad